We're in This Together (Nine Inch Nails song)

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"We're in This Together"
We're in this together 1.jpg
Single by Nine Inch Nails
from the album The Fragile
ReleasedSeptember 27, 1999
Genre
Length7:16 (album version)
5:18 (single version)
LabelNothing
Songwriter(s)Trent Reznor
Producer(s)
Nine Inch Nails singles chronology
"The Day the World Went Away"
(1999)
"We're in This Together"
(1999)
"Into the Void"
(2000)
Halo numbers chronology
Halo 14
(1999)
Halo 15
(1999)
Halo 16
(2000)
Additional covers
Disc 2
Disc 2
Alternative cover
Disc 3
Disc 3
Alternative cover
Promo
Promo

"We're in This Together" is a song by industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails released in 1999. It is the 15th official Nine Inch Nails release and is a single for the album The Fragile. It was released as a three-disc single (also known as a "triple single").

Background[edit]

According to The Fragile contributor Keith Hillebrandt, "the whole song started from something [Reznor] actually played at the end of another track ... he wrote it up into an entirely new song".[3]

The lyrics seem to be inspired by David Bowie's song "‘Heroes’" from the same-named 1977 album,[4] such as with the line "You're the queen and I'm the king"[5] and describing two people trying to fight against an ominous and seemingly unstoppable force. Bowie, who is recognized as one of Reznor's greatest influences, is given a special thanks credit in the liner notes of The Fragile.

MTV's Gil Kaufman described the song as "a seven-minute-plus cathartic pop song with somewhat hopeful lyrics over a plodding hip-hop beat, walls of distorted guitars and an eerie slasher-film cricket sound".[6]

Both "10 Miles High" and "The New Flesh" originally appeared on the vinyl version of The Fragile.

The song was featured in the first official teaser trailer for Marvel Studios film The Avengers.[7]

The song peaked at #21 on the US Mainstream Rock Billboard. Despite being one of the band's most popular songs,[8] the band has only played it live five times, all during the Performance 2007 Tour.

Music video[edit]

Reznor in the music video

The song's music video was directed by Mark Pellington and released on August 27, 1999.[9][10] An extended version of the video has since surfaced. Trent Reznor and a large group of black-clothed men are seen running down empty streets, onto a train, and into a field. There are also shots of several elderly people, and a brief scene with a young woman.

The video was filmed in Guadalajara and in the dry lake of Sayula.[11][12]

Release and reception[edit]

"We're in This Together" was released on a three-part single, which was only available in Europe and Japan; it was not released in the United States. Two radio promos (the first with the album mix and radio edit of the song, the second with just a unique short edit of the song) were released in America as Halo 15 as well.[13][14][15]

AllMusic critic Christian Huey has reviewed the single release, describing the title track as a "strong song" and "different turn for him emotionally" while stating that "this adrenaline-infused, white noise territory was mined to even better effect on "Wish." Huey also criticized the three part single release,[16] particularly referring to the orange disk as "the least substantial and the most redundant of the bunch" and "a tired repackaging of material."[17] Spin reviewer Ann Powers referred to the song as "a sweet pop tune encased within the armor of industrial rock."[1]

The track was listed as number 19 on Spin's list of "The 69 Best Alternative Rock Songs of 1999." Critic Christopher R. Weingarten has stated: "Though the anthemic chorus borders on “hit single,” the song still grinds with crunchy noise, whining guitars and a trash-can-sounding snare drum."[2]

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1 (Orange)[18]
No.TitleLength
1."We're in This Together" (Radio edit)5:18
2."The Day the World Went Away" (Quiet)6:19
3."The Day the World Went Away" (Porter Ricks mix)7:04
Total length:18:41
Disc 2 (Green)
No.TitleLength
1."We're in This Together"7:16
2."10 Miles High"5:13
3."The New Flesh"3:40
Total length:16:09
Disc 3 (Yellow)
No.TitleLength
1."We're in This Together"7:16
2."Complications of the Flesh"6:36
3."The Perfect Drug"5:42
Total length:19:34
US two-track promotional
No.TitleLength
1."We're in This Together" (Radio edit)5:14
2."We're in This Together" (LP version)7:16
Total length:12:30
US one-track promotional
No.TitleLength
1."We're in This Together" (Short radio edit)4:20

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
UK Singles (OCC)[19] 39
US Alternative Airplay (Billboard)[20] 11
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[21] 21

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Powers, Ann (November 1999). "Building a Mystery". Spin. Vol. 15 no. 11. New York. pp. 179–180. ISSN 0886-3032. Retrieved January 27, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Weingarten, Christopher R. (July 25, 2019). "The 69 Best Alternative Rock Songs of 1999". Spin. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  3. ^ David Fricke (July 8, 1999). "Reznor Returns With Bold New Album". Rolling Stone. No. 816. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  4. ^ Will Hermes (1999-09-24). "The Fragile". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2017-01-30.
  5. ^ Burns, Alex (December 1999). "'This Machine Is Obsolete': A Listeners' Guide to Nine Inch Nails' The Fragile". M/C Journal. 2 (8). doi:10.5204/mcj.1805.
  6. ^ Kaufman, Gil (1999-08-31). "Judging By Song Titles, Nine Inch Nails Still On Downward Spiral". MTV.com. Retrieved 2008-04-12.
  7. ^
  8. ^ https://www.billboard.com/music/Nine-Inch-Nails/chart-history/RTT
  9. ^ MTV News Staff (1999-08-14). "NIN Delivering New Single, Video On August 27". MTV.com. Retrieved 2017-01-30.
  10. ^ archive-Brian-Hiatt (1999-08-27). "New Nine Inch Nails Single Surprisingly Upbeat". MTV.com. Retrieved 2017-02-02.
  11. ^ Gil Kaufman (1999-08-14). "Nine Inch Nails Shoot Video In Guadalajara, Mexico". MTV.com. Retrieved 2017-01-30.
  12. ^ Gil Kaufman (1999-08-17). "Nine Inch Nails To Release Single, Video". MTV.com. Retrieved 2017-02-02.
  13. ^ "Nine Inch Nails | We're in This Together, Pt. 1 | Album". MTV. Retrieved 2008-04-12.
  14. ^ "Nine Inch Nails | We're in This Together, Pt. 2 | Album". MTV. Retrieved 2008-04-12.
  15. ^ "Nine Inch Nails | We're in This Together, Pt. 3 | Album". MTV. Retrieved 2008-04-12.
  16. ^ Huey, Christian. "Nine Inch Nails - We're in This Together, Pt. 1". AllMusic. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  17. ^ Huey, Christian. "Nine Inch Nails - We're in This Together, Pt. 2". AllMusic. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  18. ^ "We're In This Together (Halo)". Nin Wiki.
  19. ^ "Nine Inch Nails: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  20. ^ "Nine Inch Nails Chart History (Alternative Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  21. ^ "Nine Inch Nails Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved 7 August 2017.

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