2000: How was it for you?
“The ups included the feeling of walking
onstage knowing that we were going to give people a good show. The downs
included the deterioration of our relationship with our record label
Interscope/Universal. I recognised how different the music scene has become,
especially in America. There tends to be fewer people in
this business who care about music, and many more who care about chart positions
and bank accounts. It‘s hard trying to make art in a business based purely on
numbers. I still think ‘The Fragile‘ is the best album we‘ve made, but all
people could talk about was how quickly it dropped out of the Number One spot
in the charts.“
Album of the year?
I‘ll say Radiohead‘s ‘Kid A‘. I never gave them a fair chance before, through
jealousy or whatever. I didn‘t like ‘Creep‘ and wrote them off as a slacker
band. But this album was inspiring because it was daring to put it out.“
Film of the year?
I just saw ‘Best In Show‘, by the same people
who made ‘This Is Spinal Tap‘. As a comedy, it‘s fantastic. Keep an eye out for
it in a couple of years, when you people get it.“
Person of the year?
“Tough one. I don‘t like people.“
Wanker of the year?
“Where do YOU Start? We‘ll say Fred Durst, once
again. He‘s like a Supreme Court judge: he‘s in there for life, until he opts
Tragedy of the year?
“I was stunned by the incompetence of the US election process. At least, it
managed the impossible by making politics somewhat exciting. I think the
American public finally realised that the President doesn‘t really do any
thing. He‘s so pushed into a corner by lobby-ists and paim-greasing.“
Personal high point of
“Playing shows. This time on tour we were a lot
more sober, so I remember more of what happened. Whereas, on ‘The Downward
Spiral‘ tour, we were f**ed-up that everything seemed great.“
Personal low point of
“Sometimes my mental stability can be a bit on
the delicate side. When we finally finished the tour, there were a lot of
things I didn‘t really want to address. I pretty much stopped my life to do
Nine Inch Nails. As long as I‘m working on stuff, I don‘t have to deal with the
fact that I don‘t have a life or a girl friend. I get rewards from working and it
sustains me. But when the momentum stopped and I came back to the house. I Sank
into a pretty deep depression.“
Who have you fought
“Fred Durst, I guess which is comical now. I
don‘t even get how his ‘...Hot Dog‘ is supposed to be a diss on me. Maybe I‘m
not smart enough to figure it out. I think Fred‘s above us. In a few years,
we‘ll go back and listen to ‘...Hot Dog‘ and it‘ll make more sense. I‘m so out
of touch, I‘m still wearing my baseball caps forward.“
The must-have item of
“Being a video game fan, I‘d have to say the
PlayStation 2. It‘s a good way to waste time.“
Where did you go on
holiday this year?
“Ha ha ha! Next! Holidays are for normal people
Worst hangover of the
“Australia. The whole Big Day Out tour
involved one long, continuous hangover.“
Weirdest fan request
of the year?
“The latest trend is me receiving letters at my
house, inviting me to high school dances. The other day, there was a whole rash
of requests for my band to play at proms, or somebody‘s birthday party. They
say stuff like, ‘It‘ll be fun: we‘ve got a keg‘. Maybe we should go, then just
Most famous person you
met this year?
“I met one of my favourite authors, Chuck
Palahniuk who wrote ‘Fight Club‘. I heard he listened to ‘The Downward Spiral‘
over and over as he wrote the book. I also made friends with Daryl Hannah, so
that was nice. Don‘t read anything into that. I mean. I’am, but...“
My most embarrassing
moment of the year was...
“There are too many to sort through. I embarrass
myself on a regular basis.“
Sexiest person you met
this year was?
I got a fax from Sade, if that counts. Our song
‘The Great Below‘ was written with her voice in mind, but she chose to go with
George Michael instead. Still, the fax is now framed.“
Best band you saw this
“Roni Size & Reprazent. They were playing
at Roskilde, and it was an escape from the
torturous sounds of Iron Maiden on another stage. Also, The The played a New Orleans club and they were f**king good.“
Best song you wrote
Joke of the year?
“I like hearing them, but I can never remember
what they are. Limp Bizkit‘s record was pretty funny.“
‘Big Brother‘: ace or
never seen it. I‘m into the idea of voyeurism, but I haven‘t seen it executed
well enough yet.“
What should Slipknot
do next year?
“I don‘t know much about Slipknot, apart from
the fact that they hate Limp Bizkit. So they‘re okay with me. Let‘s keep the
Personal motto of the
“‘The way out is through‘. I always skirt issues
and hope they‘ll go way. But I‘ve realised you have to deal with situations
head-on. Quit hiding and be a man.“
If I could change one
thing about 2000, it would be...
“I was hoping for some kind of catastrophe
around about midnight on New Year‘s Eve. I had flashlights, bottled water and a
shotgun to kill the neighbours so I could steal all their canned goods. All I
wanted was a little chaos, but there wasn‘t a f**kin‘ thing, apart from rock
music getting worse.“
What would you do with
“I‘d like to see how small a Tupperware
container I could fit her dismembered body into.“
My ideal Christmas
“Peace and love throughout the world. Why can‘t
we all just get along?“
How will you be seeing
in the New Year?
“No matter what I do, I end up feeling like
everyone else is doing the fun thing. Last year I went to New Mexico, to the
site where Sonny Bono (Cher‘s musical
partner in the ‘60s — Prehistoric Music Ed) met his unfortunate fate on a
tree in that skiing accident. I just like to hang out where famous people died
— no, it was nothing like that. This year, I think I‘m gonna keep it fairly low
In 2001, intend to..,
“Get new music out that will change the world.“