Exactly ten years ago to this day – April Fool’s Day – Trent Reznor “released” the Nine Inch Nails album, Strobe Light. It was a joke. There were music samples and album art that had Reznor wearing glammed-up shades. It was a joke. Music blogs hailed it as a tour-de-force in punk’ery. One article cited the sampling of Sheryl Crow’s “All I Wanna Do” for the track “P***ygrinder.” It was a joke.

Now, on the decade anniversary of Strobe Light (apparently you give a diamond on your tenth), Reznor pulled the ultimate prank – releasing the album on Bandcamp. A joke no longer, Mr. Reznor – who many have assumed to have nary a shred of humor to begin with – leaves the interwebs with whipped cream pie on its face. Bravo.

[bandcamp width=100% height=120 album=2070182676 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 tracklist=false artwork=small track=2214549219]

The entire, totally real Strobe Light is now available for free on Bandcamp and totally is not Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up.”

By Dw Dunphy

Dw. Dunphy is a writer, artist, and musician. He has contributed many articles that can be found in the MusicTAP's archives. He also writes for New Jersey Stage, Popdose.com, Ultimate Classic Rock, Diffuser FM, and Looper. His interview archive is available at https://dwdunphyinterviews.wordpress.com/