The Miley Cyrus-led third episode, “Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too,” has the singer/actress in the role of a pop star. However, she’s not just singing any old pop tracks or even her own. Cyrus gave NIN tracks a pop twist.
As the Netflix description reads, the third episode is about, “A lonely teen becomes obsessed with a robot doll based on her pop star idol, Ashley O—just as the real Ashley’s life begins to unravel.”
Within the episode, Cyrus performs as Ashley O, but the track may sound a bit familiar. Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker reveals he penned new lyrics to be placed over the 1989 Nine Inch Nail track “Head Like A Hole.”
In “Head Like A Hole,” frontman Trent Reznor sings, “Head like a hole / Black as your soul / I’d rather die than give you control / Bow down before the one you serve / You’re going to get what you deserve.”
In Black Mirror, Cyrus sings, “Hey there, whoah-ho, I’m on a roll / Riding so high, achieving my goals / I’m so stoked on ambition and verve / I’m gonna get what I deserve.”
Check out the original Pretty Hate Machine track compared to Cyrus’ rejection of her pop star alter ego and the updated version below.
miley cyrus singing 'head like a hole' by nine inch nails in black mirror, uh YES pic.twitter.com/yh81DTqQCC
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Brooker got the sample cleared by Reznor personally who was pretty happy with it.
“Trent got it straight away,” Brooker said at a press conference. “It was via email and he was really happy pretty quickly. He wanted to see the script and I got to re-write his lyrics in a chirpy way.
“I’m not the best lyricist in the world,” he continued. “In the first song she’s singing: ‘I’m stoked on ambition and verve’ instead of ‘You’re gonna get what you deserve’.”
“He thought it was very funny,” executive producer Annabel Jones added. “He found the dark comedy very entertaining. There are lots of dark concepts in the film and we just enjoy that sort of childish subversion of them.”
Nine Inch Nails were apparently so into the collab that the band took it to some new merch. The band announced a new T-shirt inspired by the series which displays their “Head Like A Hole” lyrics in a pop star-like font. The shirt is available for preorder here.
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Black Mirror season 5 is streaming on Netflix now. Check out this season’s trailer below.
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