Check Out St. Vincent and Dave Grohl’s Sordid Cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Piggy”

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This Saturday, Nine Inch Nails will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, thus validating miscreants with fishnets on their arms the world over. And to celebrate this momentous event, guitar wizard St. Vincent decided to cover her favorite NIN track, “Piggy.” To do so, she decided to enlist a live drummer — in form of Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl.

As you’ll hear below, Vincent and Grohl’s cover does justice to the original and then some. The addition of live percussion definitely adds a sleazy nightclub vibe to the track, making it feel less like an introspective moment of hatred and more like an anthem that one struts to on the Lower East Side. Meanwhile, St. Vincent’s singing, backing vocals, and howling guitars give the track a sex appeal that broods in the core of all of her music. It’s an extremely cool reimagining of an NIN staple that’ll have listeners across the Internet fanning themselves.

“To celebrate Nine Inch Nails‘ induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this week, I’ve recorded my own #AmazonOriginal version of ‘Piggy’ with Dave Grohl(!!!) on drums,” wrote Vincent on her Instagram. “This remains one of my favorite Nail’s songs to this day.”

Check out St. Vincent’s cover of “Piggy” featuring Dave Grohl below:

Nine Inch Nails was up against some tough competition for their spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, including Judas Priest and Motörhead (Editor’s note: Motörhead are too good for some museum in Cleveland, screw those dudes.). When his band’s inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame was announced, Trent Reznor commented, “I’m quite in shock. When I look back at how Nine Inch Nails are received, it always seems like we fall between the cracks. I don’t know if it’s a defense mechanism, but I just assumed we’d stay in that category, so I’m pleasantly surprised to see us acknowledged. It feels pretty good…I’m allowing myself, for a limited period of time, to feel good about this.”


Words by Chris Krovatin