“THE HAND THAT FEEDS” NINE INCH NAILS
Surprisingly, the highest charting song ever for Nine Inch Nails is “The Hand That Feeds” from their 2005 CD, “With Teeth”. It’s the only NIN song to hit #1 in the UK and on the U.S. charts. Trent Reznor used the song as a indictment of George W. Bush and his plan was to perform the song at the MTV Awards using a large backdrop of the President. MTV decided it was too much of a political statement and replaced Nine Inch Nails with the Foo Fighters. The industrial metal track was remixed in multiple formats by Trent and has become a mandatory concert set list highlight.
“PUSH” MATCHBOX 20
On their debut album, Matchbox 20 went the safe, conservative path with pop/rock anthems like “Long Day” and “3AM”. But on their second single, “Push”, Rob aggressively digs deep with lyrics of insecurity, relationship mistrust, and a need to feel wanted. It’s a powerful song and a great alternative to the other songs on “Yourself Or Someone Like You”. Check out the opening lyrics:
“She said “I don’t know if I’ve ever been good enough.
I’m a little bit rusty, and I think my head is caving in.
And I don’t know if I’ve ever been really loved
By a hand that’s touched me, and I feel like something’s gonna give.
And I’m a little bit angry.”
“PROMISE ME” VINCE NEIL
Desmond Child is an eccentric songwriter and producer who has masterminded some of the biggest songs in rock history. “Living On A Prayer” (Bon Jovi), “I Was Made For Loving You” (Kiss), “Dude Looks Like A Lady” (Aerosmith), “We All Sleep Alone” (Cher), “I Hate Myself For Loving You” (Joan Jett) and countless other #1 hits for diverse artists. When Vince Neil of Motley Crue was making a career comeback during a down period for Motley Crue, Desmond produced this power ballad for Vince. The vocals are soft and sensitive and unlike anything he’s ever done before. On a VH1 special, Vince dedicated the beautiful song to his wife.