Nine Inch Nails (abbreviated as NIN and typeset as NIÐ˜ or 1: the "studio," consisting almost entirely of himself; and the live band.) is a critically and commercially successful American band formed in Cleveland, Ohio in 1988 by Trent Reznor, who is the only consistent member. As producer, singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist, Reznor has remained solely responsible for the musical direction of the band, and has described NIN as "two separate entities"
Reznor describes the meaning behind the name Nine Inch Nails as such:
I don't know if you've ever tried to think of band names, but usually you think you have a great one and you look at it the next day and it's stupid. I had about 200 of those. Nine Inch Nails lasted the two week test, looked great in print, and could be abbreviated easily. It really doesn't have any literal meaning. It seemed kind of frightening. In his best he-man voice Tough and manly! ...
Background group or band
Origin Cleveland, Ohio Genre Industrial metal
Years active 1988–present
website Official site Current members Trent Reznor
Past members Lee Mars