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The Perfect Drug [Single]

Nine Inch NailsAudio CD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)

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listen  3. The Perfect Drug (Remix (Trent Reznor & Keith Hillebrandt) Version) 8:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The Perfect Drug (Recreation (Jonah Sharp) Version) 5:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (May 13, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single
  • Label: Nothing
  • ASIN: B000001Y7W
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,105 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Here's where the trippier directions of the electronic movement run smack into its Sturm-und-Drang industrial heritage. Trent Reznor's peak achievement through 1997 is reshaped five times over with profoundly weighty beats, dub textures, and trance soundscapes. The Orb's mix, which makes Reznor sound like he's drowning in his bathtub, is a bit silly, but otherwise this is fascinating stuff. --Jeff Bateman

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Review (Version) October 15, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I'm sick and tired of the blind worship people give to Trent Reznor as if he is some kind of deity for the industrial music scene. Yes, the man is a brilliant musician and producer who pushes the limits of technology and sound design to their utmost, but he wasn't the first to do this. Throbbing Gristle, Einstürzende Neubatuen, Coil, any of these names ring a bell people? Hell, even Coil have remixed NIN to make versions ever more frightening than what Trent's done. Don't get me wrong, I love NIN and I think Trent is an amazing talent, but I'm tired of people trashing this CD because it doesn't sound like NIN or because Trent only did one version. That's the whole point of remixes, to hear OTHER artists' interpretation of a song or songs. If a NIN song is going to be remixed by Meat Beat Manifesto, I don't expect it to sound like NIN, I expect it to sound like Meat Beat Manifesto. Get over it people, just because it has the NIN name to it doesn't mean it'll sound like NIN. To those of you who complained about this, you should've known better.
So with that in mind, I think "The Perfect Drug" EP is great! All the mixes are different, running the range from dub to trance to industrial. Meat Beat Manifesto's version starts things off with Jack Dangers' quintessential blend of frenetic beats, and dub basslines. Even the bits from the original song sound more like random samples as opposed to a remix. My personal favorite is the "Plug" version. It's so ethereal and ambient, with amazing textures and sounds. It also seems to retain the most tracks from the original song, and the beats are just infectious. The NIN version is interesting because it bears little resemblance to the original song.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent, but you don't get the original song December 8, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I bought this because i like the song, perfect drug, but unfortunatley, it was nowhere to be found on this disc which consists of remixes, which, in my opinion are so interpretive of the original song, that there are few resemblances to the original at all. So i was a bit disappointed. But of course if you are a hardcore NIN fan, you'll have to have this, but if you aren't as hardcore, but like NIN, this isn't worth it, you're better off buying the Lost highway soundtrack if you want The original version of perfect drug.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars And All That Could Have Been... March 29, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I sort of have mixed feelings about this remix album of the song "the perfect drug." I knew the original wouldn't be on it, and that was fine with me. I love to get any NIN singles because there's always cool remixes. And this is because they are done by Trent Reznor himself, or by him and others.
" `The Perfect Drug' Versions" has remixes, but all of them except for one are done by different artists. These artists being Meat Beat Manifesto, Plug, Spacetime Continuum, and The Orb. The songs are all right, but they don't compare to what Reznor can do with his songs. Track 3 was done/remixed by Nine Inch Nails and it shows. It's the only one on the CD that does the song justice. (It actually sounds like something you would hear on the "Fight Club" soundtrack.) The remixes are good, but could've been much better.
I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who just "kinda" likes Nine Inch Nails. If you're a die hard NIN fan then this is something that is worth checking out. My feelings are somewhat mixed about this CD, but my overall impression is that I'm content with it. Just wished there were more remixes by Trent Reznor himself. Other than that, it's still a cool CD to have if you are a big NIN fan.
If you want an excellent remix collection, look for the "Closer" and "Closer to God" CDs. Now THOSE are outstanding remixes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the perfect "Perfect Drug" September 25, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I love NIN (I couldn't bring myself to give this disc less than five stars), but the only reason I bought this was to complete my collection. Only the German and Australian imports have the original song on the single (which mystifies me), so don't buy this expecting it to be on there. Like I said, if you are a diehard NIN fan and want to complete your collection, or if you want to hear the remixes, by all means go for it. If not, buy the Lost Highway soundtrack or the We're In This Together single. I don't remember which one it's on (there are three We're In This Together singles, yellow, green and orange in color, from different countries with different track listings) or buy the single for Into the Void.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Expected May 31, 2002
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Format:Audio CD
This single features five remixes, each by a different artist, of "The Perfect Drug", arguably one of Trent Reznor's finest moments. However, while Nine Inch Nails tracks have been remixed by others in the past (Aphex Twin and Coil appear on Further Down the Spiral), this album leaves much to be desired. In each of its incarnations, the song has been rendered almost unrecognizable from its original version. The five lengthy tracks seem to merely cycle through various industrial loops, switching gears only when the repetition becomes annoying. In most of the mixes, the full extent of the song's vocals is the line "You are the perfect drug" repeated over and over or occasionally fading in and out in the background. Even the remix by Trent himself, which is probably the best track on the disc (the only one that even sounds like Nine Inch Nails) seems drawn out and somewhat boring. Being a huge fan, I can't say I'm sorry I bought this album but I was disappointed in the quality of the material. I was also very disappointed (not to mention shocked and confused) to learn that the original song was not on the particular version of this album that I purchased. The bottom line: I'd recommend this only to die-hard fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars NIN
Yet another Nine inch nails CD/DVD. My son is going nuts with all the new NIN music that has been released. TOM
Published 2 months ago by big ed
1.0 out of 5 stars imperfect drug
the perfect drug has overdosed. How they absolutely managed too slaughter an otherwise good song; with these less than stellar versions. Well trent knew how too create it. Read more
Published on September 18, 2009 by J. Blocker
1.0 out of 5 stars Least Favorite of all NIN "remixes"
I'm a big fan of NIN, I collect all thier CD's, DVD's and VHS tapes and I LOVE 99.9% of everything I've heard and seen, including the remix CD's. This CD falls into the . Read more
Published on June 4, 2009
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a single version of The Perfect Drug on it
I understand that Reznor has never been that happy with this particular song, whether it was about his drug use at the time, the over-produced qualities of the song, or all the... Read more
Published on January 30, 2009 by Said Head
3.0 out of 5 stars Great CD for Remix Lovers
- If it's the basic/radio version of Perfect Drug you're into, buy the Lost Highway soundtrack. Not only is the "original" song on there, but also tons of other great... Read more
Published on September 24, 2008 by Rosebud Society
2.0 out of 5 stars Nine Inch Nails - The Perfect Drug Versions
When i first heard The Perfect Drug, I was blown away, it's an amazing song, so I of course snapped up The Lost Highway soundtrack and then this CD when it was released. Read more
Published on April 22, 2008 by DJ Deathwish
3.0 out of 5 stars good, but flawed
the mixes on this cd are great. its not the typical nin remix cd that most are familiar with.
the song the perfect drug is remixed here by 4 electronica/techno groups plus... Read more
Published on January 13, 2008 by Vikaris
1.0 out of 5 stars What happened to the original version????????
I loved the original version from "The Lost Highway". I only found out that I had to buy that soundtrack to find the original version not featured on this overwritten piece. Read more
Published on September 23, 2007 by Michael G. Hoelen
5.0 out of 5 stars A Top-Ten Electornic Album
(Background: I am a NIN fan, he's perhaps second only to Simon Posford on my list. Further, I'm an electronica fan. I love the stuff. I WRITE the stuff. Read more
Published on July 12, 2007 by Jeremy Rice
2.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Drug Versions Disc Not so perfect
I am going to get straight to the point. If you are not a HUGE nin fan nor are you collecting all the singles and albums i would not recomend you purchase this cd. Read more
Published on May 6, 2007 by Joseph Fisher
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