Nine Inch Nails fans won't like the fact that the band's hit "Head Like a Hole" has been mashed together with Carly Rae Jepsen's viral beast "Call Me Maybe." But if Trent Reznor's faithful lift their bobbing heads and wipe away the eyeliner streaming down their cheeks, they might just enjoy this most unlikely pairing.
Pieced together beautifully on SoundCloud by pomDeterrific (with a hat tip for inspiring the idea to Reddit user carly_rae_reznor), the song, titled "Call Me A Hole," makes NIN's 1989 industrial anthem seem so carefree. And it's hilarious to imagine the person who Jepsen just met and asked to call her being told to "bow down before the one you serve."
Reznor's vocals lose all of their angst and grit when set over the top of the bubblegum synth of Jepsen's song. Why is he screaming "I'd rather die than give you control!" to a legion of 13-year-old girls?!
"Call Me Maybe" was the most downloaded track on iTunes in 2012. The video for the song has 418 million views on YouTube. Nine Inch Nails' "Head Like a Hole" video has 1.8 million views on YouTube. One of the videos features a shirtless lawn guy and an extended car washing scene. The other video features a rotating, half-man/half-machine head.
User comments on the SoundCloud page range from, "This is the only mashup I have ever enjoyed this thoroughly" to "This makes me want to kill myself."
You can't argue that Jepsen's pop hit lacked a catchy hook. So if all you hated was her lyrics, subbing in Reznor's words should do the trick, right? As Gawker simply notes -- it's "surprisingly good." Is it better than this attempt by Devo? Is it more fun than Kermit the Frog doing this "Hurt" cover? Go ahead and cast your vote below.