During the recent interview with Broken Records, Rick Rubin, who worked with artists such as AC/DC, Metallica, Led Zeppelin and etc., has revealed the story of how Johhny Cash’s classic song “Hurt” appeared.
He also remembered the story of how Nine Inch Nails singer Trent Reznor reacted to song when first time he heard it.
“Totally different song – much more hopeless. Usually, by the time you’re that age, you’ve found resolution. So to have sort of 20-year-old’s angst in your 60’s and 70’s – it’s brutal.”
Interviewer said “how did you feel once the song was finished?”, Rick responded:
“Excited. Because when you hear a really good version of what it is, I wouldn’t go into the emotion of it so much as the excitement of seeing something come together that has this power.
I actually sent to it to [Reznor] when we finished. I don’t think he liked it so much when he first heard it, but then Mark Romanek made the video for it.
When he saw the video, Trent was like, ‘Oh, I see what this is.’ I think he was too close at first, and it was just odd hearing someone else.
I can remember we covered a Beck song [‘Rawboat’ on 1996’s ‘Unchained’], and I remember playing it for Beck, and I remember him saying, ‘This is the first time I’ve ever heard anyone sing my lyrics besides me, and it’s Johnny Cash.’ It was just so mind-blowing because he was probably 21 or 22 at the time.”
Click here to entire interview. You can listen to the song from below.