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.
I have mentioned in “About A Girl” above that my grandfather, Miles Edward, was an Evangelist who started his ministry in the 1930’s and his name was inspiration for Edward Lewis’ character name in the movie Pretty Woman. Lewis being his grandmother’s maiden name.
Courtney Love claims her birthday is the same day as my grandparents wedding anniversary of July 9th and Trent Reznor claims his grandmother’s name is the same as mine, Clara.
Russell Brand’s stage name is for the Russell Brand Athletic wear in Alexander City, Alabama where my grandfather married his 2nd wife in October ’84 after Clara passed away in October ’83.
These, of course, are my adopted grandparents (mother’s side). I was adopted at the age of 6 months old after having been withheld from adoption by physicians who were concerned about my physical appearance and the possibility of having been born with Down Syndrome. Kurt Cobain wrote a ficticious story about me in his journal under the title Down Syndrome Girl.
In 1974, the adoption agency sent my parents a family history which Mom kept in my baby book and Kurt and Joe read. My background/family history was used as inspiration for background for future artists (including Amy Lynn Hartzler and Courtney Love) and for movies. One such movie was Susan Sarandon’s 2006 movie Irresistible set in Australia and also starring Sam Neill. Sam Neill starred in the ’89 movie Dead Calm with Nicole Kidman who went on to marry Tom Cruise and Billy Zane who also starred in the ’97 movie Titanic.
“It’s bigger than Germany!” Love Bites, Def Leppard, was inspired by the fact according to my family history I am of English and German descent.