When you’re trying to write a song, inspiration can come from anywhere. I mean, in addition to the habits of some bands who write about the wonders of drug use, there are often real people who are behind some of the most classic bits of history. This does not necessarily mean that they are all viewed in a positive light.
Even though songwriting can be a positive experience, it’s the kind of songs that are written more out of spite than anything else. From the drama of the record label to the amount of saltiness in some of the hits, these lyricists definitely had an ax to grind when they put pen to paper on these tracks. And it’s not like some of the artists in question haven’t caught wind of it either, with some of them even writing answer songs ripping their critic in the mud.
Then again, is it really fair to celebrate songs like this if they’re overtly trying to make you hate on one side of the argument? Shit, as long as the music is good, we shouldn’t really worry. We will never run out of rock songs that are about speaking out against oppression. It never hurt anyone to be a little jaded once in a while.
Rock and roll will probably never run out of heartbreaking songs. We had songs from the glory days of rock and roll about loving it and leaving it, some of it was even called Heartbreaker. However, when you find yourself on the other end of the spectrum, Trent Reznor showed us that things can go wrong very quickly.
During the period between working on the downward spiral and The Fragile, Reznor was actually in a short-term relationship with Courtney Love, which ended rather badly if the lyrics here are any indication. In this case, Trent isn’t just angry that it’s over… he’s actively trying to drag Courtney’s name through the mud. Although there were millions of people preparing to call love the Yoko Ono of her generation, hearing Trent talk about her just trying to fake her way to the top is a little harder than your song of medium break.
And as if you needed to, just watch the song’s music video for the full picture, which features an actress who is very clearly meant to be Love playing as trashy as possible. Then again, this is one of the first (and certainly not the last) times that Courtney Love managed to have a hard effect on the 90s rock scene.