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Old 01-22-08, 07:40 AM
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"Hurt" - NIN vs. Cash

To comment on this you obviously need to have heard both versions - the Nine Inch nails one, and the Johnny Cash cover.

Which do you like better?

I heard the Cash cover first..and I really liked it. But I have to say, after hearing the original, I think it's superior. Not vastly, but quite some.

I made this a non-poll so people will write instead of just vote. Am interested to hear your opinions.
Old 01-22-08, 07:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Parcher
To comment on this you obviously need to have heard both versions - the Nine Inch nails one, and the Johnny Cash cover.

Which do you like better?

I heard the Cash cover first..and I really liked it. But I have to say, after hearing the original, I think it's superior. Not vastly, but quite some.

I made this a non-poll so people will write instead of just vote. Am interested to hear your opinions.
I've got to go with the original version, but the Cash remake is about as good as they come.
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If we're just going by the song itself, I would pick the original NIN version.

However, if you throw the video into the equation, then I might give the edge to Johnny Cash. His Hurt video is incredibly moving.
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The Hurt video (Cash) is very moving and I love the NIN version but the soul that Johnny put into his recording is haunting. truely an amazing record.
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Both are great. No need to make a competition out of it.
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I think my favorite version of the song might be the Live version on the Ann All That Could Have Been cd. The video of the Cash version however is amazing however. So auditorily I give the win to NIN but visually The cash/Romanek version wins.
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Trent Reznor on Johnny Cash's "Hurt"

"By the end I was really on the verge of tears. At the end of it, there was just dead silence. There was, like, this moist clearing of our throats and then, 'Uh, okay, let's get some coffee."

-Trent Reznor, describing his reaction to watching Johnny Cash's video of the song "Hurt," originally written and performed by Reznor's Nine Inch Nails. "Hurt" appeared on the America IV: The Man Comes Around album. (Source: Quoted in Spiritual Journeys: How Faith Has Influenced 12 Music Icons)
http://www.monkeyouttanowhere.com/qu.../12_11_15.html

In Other Words: Trent Reznor : Rolling Stone

Original is great and Cash sang it like it was his song.
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I read in an article that Trent will never sing Hurt again in concert because he thought the Johnny Cash cover was perfect.
he said, there's no way he could put feeling into like Cash did.
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Sad Kermit. All the way.
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The Cash version (especially the video) just seems like one of the most emotionally moving songs I have ever heard. I would have to go with it.
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Originally Posted by SFranke
Sad Kermit. All the way.
First thing I thought of.

But I like NIN.
Old 01-22-08, 03:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Parcher
To comment on this you obviously need to have heard both versions - the Nine Inch nails one, and the Johnny Cash cover.

Which do you like better?

I heard the Cash cover first..and I really liked it. But I have to say, after hearing the original, I think it's superior. Not vastly, but quite some.

I made this a non-poll so people will write instead of just vote. Am interested to hear your opinions.

I love NIN, but Cash's rendition, you could feel the 'pain' much more. I dunno, it made it so much more real.

So I say Cash.
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NIN period... especially the 5.1 version on the dvd audio or the sacd!
Old 01-22-08, 06:26 PM
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Originally Posted by enrage
I read in an article that Trent will never sing Hurt again in concert because he thought the Johnny Cash cover was perfect.
he said, there's no way he could put feeling into like Cash did.
I'm not sure when this article came out, but he's played it at pretty much every concert up to their most recent one, a few months ago. I do know he's stated it's "not his song anymore", but I don't think he's ever said he wouldn't play it live again. He did say he wouldn't ever play With Teeth live again, which I believe. That song is terrible.

NIN's version is better to listen to, Cash's version is better with the video.
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same as many others:

song - NIN
video - Cash

both are GREAT.
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Hurt was always my least favorite track on "The Downward Spiral". For me, the Johnny Cash version was a revelation.
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Originally Posted by enrage
I read in an article that Trent will never sing Hurt again in concert because he thought the Johnny Cash cover was perfect.
he said, there's no way he could put feeling into like Cash did.
Well, I think he's wrong in that statement. I don't doubt that he's paying some lip service to Cash with a statement like that. Reznor's version of Hurt is just as compelling to me, actually more compelling because it's about his own life.

We all love Cash and it's sad that he died. If he were still alive, I doubt this would even be a topic.
Old 01-25-08, 09:51 AM
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Cash's cover is so painful I can't watch the video without tearing up ... and that was when he was alive.
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The track itself, NIN is the one to beat.

But as for the video, since NIN didn't actually put out a Hurt video (was a live video, if I recall) the Cash one is definitely up there. Makes me tear up every time I watch it.
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Ok, again: Song: NIN, Video: Cash
Old 01-26-08, 04:29 PM
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Not to take anything away from NIN, but Cash's version is the best.
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Johnny Cash.

It always seemed like just another song until Johnny Cash made it so much more than it was.
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I have to go with Johnny Cash here. Trent Reznor's version (which I do like) was essentially a teenage song of despair. Cash turned it into a personal elegy and invested more emotion into it than Reznor has been able to up to this point in his life. Who knows, when Trent is older he might be able to come close to Cash's version.
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The original is the best, since, you know, Trent wrote it and all, and I grew up on NIN. That said, Cash's is still good.

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