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Just Us – by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross 

When I think of Reznor/Ross lately, I’m reminded of “In Motion” from their Academy Award winning score for The Social Network, the dark piano tones in “Hypomania” from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, or the slow building craziness of “Technically, Missing” from the Gone Girl…

Trent Reznor - Frontman of Nine Inch Nails
Sanctified (Live Version) – by Nine Inch Nails 

“Another Nine Inch Nails song, Lenny?”, you might ask. “Yes, another Nine Inch Nails song.”, I’ll probably reply. Call it an addiction. I stumbled upon a live version of Sanctified (off of 1989’s Pretty Hate Machine) with an absolutely fantastic bassline, thanks to Pino Palladino…

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World In My Eyes – by Depeche Mode 

I stumbled into White Wolf’s game, Vampire: The Masquerade completely by accident. A fan of vampires, I joined a number of IRC (Internet Relay Chat, in those archaic internet days of the mid 90s) chat rooms. Someone directed me to a gaming store in Manhattan – The Compleat Strategist , and it was there in or around 1993 or so that I picked up Clanbook: Toreador. It was a guidebook to one of the many vampire clans in the game, but I didn’t own the main rule book. It took a while before I was able to get my hands on it, but thankfully, I met a number of people who helped me understand the game.

To help storytellers get an idea of the atmosphere of the Gothic-Punk culture they were playing in, V:tM offered some songs/bands to listen to. Depeche Mode was a common recommendation, but it was a friend who introduced me to their music with a copy of their Violator album. It wasn’t long before I picked up my own copy. Released in 1990, the whole album is brilliant, which each song seemingly better than the next. It’s highly recommended if you want to give DM a try. World In My Eyes is the first track off the album. If it happens to sound more than familiar, it was used as recently as 2018’s Ready Player One, directed by Steven Spielberg.

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