Released February 22, 2006
In 2006, a set of three torrents appeared on The Pirate Bay, uploaded by a user named “seed0.” The torrents, released under the umbrella of The Definitive NIN, purported itself to be an unofficial greatest hits compilation, splitting up its tracks into three different releases – The Singles, Deep Cuts, and Quiet Tracks. Combined together, the three albums encompassed a significant swath of Nine Inch Nails history, hitting on every major release up through With Teeth.
There was nothing in the original torrent release to imply that these albums were from an official source. The art was new, but not necessarily difficult to make in the style of NIN, and all of the torrents had odd track listing errors – Deep Cuts features two tracks (“Something I Can Never Have” and “The Becoming”) that are actually provided in their Still forms, neither of which are noted to be alternate versions on the track list. Both the Singles list and Quiet Tracks have their own quirks to them, which we’ll cover in a little bit.
The three albums were given the promotional designations Seed 02, Seed 03, and Seed 04, following on from the Seed 01 designation given to officially-released promo DVD Collected the previous year. Initially, these albums weren’t accepted as official despite the obscure designation. However, the same account would later upload the DVD versions of Closure and The Broken Movie, cementing its status as an official source in some manner, and The Definitive NIN received another look as a result. To hammer the point home, Nine Inch Nails released two more promotional EPs in 2008 and 2009, which received the designations Seed 05 and Seed 06, accepting The Definitive NIN into canon. The Definitive NIN track lists have since formed the basis for Spotify, Beats Music, and Soundcloud playlists named after the albums, confirming their official status once and for all.
Now then, the reason why I have one of the tracks from Deep Cuts, despite the fact that The Definitive NIN ostensibly has no unreleased NIN tracks. One of the strangest quirks of Deep Cuts, its version of “All the Love in the World” is a version that, inexplicably, features dialogue underneath much of the song. The dialogue is taken from The Twilight Zone episode “When the Sky Was Opened.” There’s no context for this, no reason why this exists, and there’s never been any official statement on why “All the Love in the World” would have these samples running underneath the music. They’re also incredibly faint and hard to hear, and are incredibly easy to miss if one wasn’t paying attention.
Next up: The Singles, and a bit of Quiet Tracks. Stay tuned.