Nine Inch Nails are one of the acts getting inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this Saturday, along with Depeche Mode, Whitney Houston, the Notorious B.I.G, the Doobie Brothers, and T. Rex. Ahead of the ceremony, Amazon Music has recruited various artists to cover some of the inductees’ tracks: St. Vincent has joined forces with Dave Grohl for a cover of Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Piggy’, while Jehnny Beth has shared her own take on the band’s ‘Closer’. Listen to the covers below.
“[‘Piggy’] remains one of my favourite Nails songs to this day,” St Vincent said in a statement. “I am obsessed with the slinky tambourine that is just a little lazy in feel. And when I took this song apart to cover it, it took me a long time to really understand the immensity of the groove. It’s a dark, industrial reggae. Muscular, but never as distorted as you imagined it when you think of it in your head…They made a complicated thing seem easy and made big, bold sonic choices.”
St. Vincent and Foo Fighters‘ Dave Grohl have played together at various Nirvana tribute concerts throughout the years. Beth collaborated with Nine Inch Nails’ Atticus Ross on her debut solo album To Love Is To Live, which was released earlier this year.
The 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be broadcast as a pre-recorded HBO special on Saturday (8pm EST). St. Vincent is among the artists taking part in the ceremony.