Halloween night sometime in the 1980s (i’m going to guess 1987). I saw Skinny Puppy live after the East Village parade. The show was at Irving Plaza for the VIVISect tour. They dissected a fake puppy and there was blood all over the room (including my jacket). There was a cheesy opening band that no one ever heard of. Years later I looked at the ticket stub: Nine Inch Nails.
“TV interview with Trent Reznor of Cleveland’s “Exotic Birds” 1985″ – nobodybeatsthewiz
I got into an argument with a friend today about how many records Nine Inch Nails have sold to date. He said they were not in the echelon of artists who sold the most mucho wax and plastic. I was surprised to discover he was totally correct. Wikipedia was my teacher as usual. Take a look at this chart:
So besides the fact that Trent and co. are no where to be found on the list there were some interesting surprises. Does anyone know who Alla Pugacheva is? Apparently she is one of Russia’s biggest acts and sits with the the sales numbers of the Madonna, Cher, and Celine Dion. I was also happily surprised to see my fav band Depeche Mode high up on the list in the realm of Genesis, George Michael, Dolly Parton and even the Eagles. Who knew!
So looking at that list is there any band/artist you are shocked to see have sold so many records? Is there anyone you thought were super big time and they are not on the list?