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.