This Taylor Swift-Nine Inch Nails Mashup Isn’t “Perfect,” But…

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 02.09.15 in News

Both Taylor Swift and Nine Inch Nails have shown they lend themselves well to mash-ups, but this is something else. An album combining Swift’s songs with the music of Aphex Twin spread like wildfire lies last fall, while a hybrid of Pretty Hate Machine‘s “Head Like a Hole” and Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” worked crazily well a couple of years ago. Now (along with, you know, People) points to a combination of the vocal from NIN’s 1997 single “The Perfect Drug” with the backing track from 1989‘s “Shake It Off,” and once again, the results are strangely successful. Another quirk: Mark Romanek directed the videos for both songs. OK, OK, so it falters a bit when Swift’s vocal re-enters, and it’s not as if anyone should be clamoring to hear Swift’s post-”Thrift Shop” horns instead of the NIN track’s paranoid propulsion. Also (h/t The Verge), we still hear her rappy-rapping about “the fella over there with the hella good hair.” Still, this should have been much, much worse. All that remains is for someone to come up with a “T Swizzle” parody as sharp as “This Is a Trent Reznor Song.”