“Every time we lie awake
After every hit we take
Every feeling that I get
But I haven’t missed you yet
Every roommate kept awake
By every sigh and scream we make
All the feelings that I get
But I still don’t miss you yet
Only when I stop to think about it
I hate everything about you”
My mother would sometimes call me Grace when I would trip over my own feet or do something completely clumsy. One day in late ’94 I had planned a long weekend out of town. It happened to be a weekend they all wanted to fly in and work on songs with me. I refused to change my plans. The voice on the other end of the phone gave me a warning, “Three days, Grace!” While on the trip my aunt’s home caught fire and she died of smoke inhalation. To commemorate the day my aunt died, to draw a connection to the element Lithium being atomic #3, and the song “3″ I wrote and would go on to be performed by Britney Spears, I decided to name the band Three Days Grace.
When I made up the song “I Hate Everything About You” it was very much inspired by Nirvana‘s song “Heart Shaped Box” and Def Leppard’s song “Miss You In A Heartbeat“. Just as this song happened to be written many years before it’s release, so were Nirvana’s and Def Leppard’s.
In 1993, Nirvana recorded “I Hate Myself and Want to Die”.
Both songs were based on Joan Jett & The Blackheart’s ’88 hit song “I Hate Myself for Loving You“.
About 1986 Trent Reznor showed up to help out on keyboards while perfecting songs. I believe they had already filmed or it was in the works for him to be in the Joan Jett and Michael J. Fox movie Light of Day released in Feb. ’87.
The movie Real Genius starring Tom Cruise’s future Top Gun co-star, Val Kilmer, was released in Aug. ’85. I loved the movie and Trent had not seen it yet so I quoted some of it to him.
(Val Kilmer’s character Chris is hitting on Deborah Foreman’s character Susan)
Chris: So, if there’s anything I can do for you, or, more to the point, to you, you just let me know.
Susan: Can you hammer a six-inch spike through a board with your penis?
Chris: Not right now.
Susan: A girl’s gotta have her standards.
Trent took “six-inch spike” and turned it into Nine Inch Nails, after which I started calling him Real Genius.
I also told Michael Jackson about the movie. In Val Kilmer’s dorm room, there is another genius who is a burn out by the name of Lazlo Hollyfield who has made a tunnel out through the rooms wardrobe. Val gets a new dorm mate by the name of Mitch. One day, Mitch finally follows Hollyfield down into the tunnel once he figures out how to open the secret panel. Once the secret panel opens written on the back wall is, “THIS IS IT”. (Michael Jackson’s concert documentary “This Is It” was released in 2009.)
Trying to draw a connection to Def Leppard’s song Animal released on the ’87 Hysteria album, Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit, and some of the INXS members attending Forest High School in Sydney, I made up the song “Closer” performed by Nine Inch Nails.