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Wish (Nine Inch Nails song)

Single by Nine Inch Nails
from the album Broken
Released 1992
Format Promotional 12", promotional CD
Genre Industrial metal, alternative metal[1]
Length 3:46
Label Interscope
Writer(s) Trent Reznor
Producer(s) Trent Reznor, Flood
Nine Inch Nails singles chronology
"Happiness in Slavery"
"March of the Pigs"

"Wish" is a song from industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails' Broken EP. The track features a drumming work performed by Martin Atkins.[2]

"Wish" was remixed twice for the companion disc to the EP, Fixed, as "Wish (Remix)" and "Fist Fuck". Both remixes were performed by J. G. Thirlwell.[3]

"Wish" won the Best Metal Performance in the 1993 Grammy Awards. Referencing a lyric from the song, Reznor later joked that his epitaph should read: "REZNOR: Died. Said 'fist fuck' and won a Grammy."[4][5]


  • Music video 1
  • Track listing 2
  • Covers 3
  • Appearance in other media 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Music video

Nine Inch Nails playing inside of a cage in the "Wish" music video.

The music video for "Wish" was directed by Peter Christopherson, who also directed the music video for "March of the Pigs" and Broken's eponymous film.[6] The video shows Nine Inch Nails (Trent Reznor on vocals, Chris Vrenna on drums, Richard Patrick on guitar and James Woolley on keyboards) playing inside high, caged walls while hordes of angry men assault the exterior of the cage. The band is eventually accosted: Woolley is lifted off his feet by a suspended man, Vrenna is lifted off by a crane hook and Patrick is grabbed through the sides of the cage. The video ends with a brief scene of men breaking open the gate of the cage and storming into the cage with bats and clubs.[7] MTV felt that the ending scene was too violent and alternate footage was used for network airplay.

A second video is a live performance filmed by Simon Maxwell in 1995 and was released on Closure in 1997.[8] This performance was taken from a concert film originally intended for release in 1996, but was subsequently shelved because Trent Reznor was not satisfied with the final product.

Track listing

Two promotional versions of a "Wish" single were distributed for airplay: a 12" release distributed as "Interscope Records DMD 1947", with the same two tracks on both sides, and a CD release distributed as "Interscope Records PRCD 4893-2"

12" release
No. Title Length
1. "Wish" (Remix version by J. G. Thirlwell) 9:08
2. "Wish" (EP version) 3:47
CD release
No. Title Length
1. "Wish" (Radio edit) 3:37


Appearance in other media

The song was featured on an episode of "Beavis & Butthead".[19] While most music videos are typically made fun of, the animated duo ultimately approved of "Wish".

The song is used and heard on the debut trailer of the first-person shooter by Electronic Arts and People Can Fly, Bulletstorm.[20]

The song is featured as a playable track in Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, although incorrectly listed with a 2002 release date.[21]


  1. ^ Ramirez, AJ (November 12, 2014). """Caught in the Machine: Nine Inch Nails - "Pinion" and "Wish.  
  2. ^  
  3. ^ "J.G. Thirlwell Discography - Credits - Remix".  
  4. ^ *Huxley, Martin (September 1997). Nine Inch Nails: Self Destruct.  
  5. ^ Taylor, Steve (2006). The A to X of Alternative Music.  
  6. ^ "Broken (Video 1992)".  
  7. ^ new sweat to drown me in: wish
  8. ^ "Simon Maxwell".  
  9. ^ "Silverstein – Transitions".  
  10. ^ "Dillinger Escape Plan, The – Plagiarism".  
  11. ^ "NIN: Wish live w/ Dillinger Escape Plan, Perth 3.02.09 [HD]".  
  12. ^ "Beatsteaks – Die Wohnzimmer-EP".  
  13. ^ Sciaretto, Amy (April 18, 2011). "Behemoth Reissuing Out of Print EPs, Nine Inch Nails and Danzig Covers".  
  14. ^ "Linkin Park Live @ Rock A.M Ring Concert".  
  15. ^ "Dreadnaut - Taste of What's to Come". Spirit of Metal. Retrieved December 4, 2012. 
  16. ^ Ruhlmann, Williams. "Stemm - Blood Scent".  
  17. ^ "Brand New - Wish (Nine Inch Nails Cover) (LIVE HD)".  
  18. ^
  19. ^ "Beavis and Butt-Head Season 2 Episode 4 - Baby Makes Uh, Three".  
  20. ^ Bulletstorm Video Game, Debut Gameplay Trailer HD | Video Clip | Game Trailers & Videos |
  21. ^ "Nine Inch Nails, A Day To Remember Added To Guitar Hero". Ultimate-Guitar. January 13, 2011. Retrieved December 4, 2012. 

External links

  • Wish at the NinWiki
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