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Nine Inch Nails Drummer

'Call Me Maybe' Mash-Up

Is an INSULT to Our Music

3/10/2013 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Former Nine Inch Nails drummer Chris Vrenna is seriously pissed off over a new mash-up taking the Internet by storm (which mixes NIN's "Head Like a Hole" with "Call Me Maybe") ... because he thinks it's a total piece of crap.

The mash-up, "Call Me a Hole", went viral this week -- blending Carly Rae Jepsen's 2012 pop hit with the 1990 tune. It's been listened to more than one million times already and was hailed by the L.A. Times as "genius."

But not everyone is a fan. Chris -- who played with the band from 1989 to 1997 -- tells TMZ ...  "Honestly I find the whole thing silly and partly offensive ... I find it kind of insulting."

He explains, "It has trivialized something we've done. I am proud of what we've done and to take art -- just to be a joke -- I don't have any respect for it."



Chris makes it clear though ... he's not trashing Carly Rae or her music -- it was a third party who created the combo -- but believes the sound created by NIN shouldn't be messed with.

He adds, "In 48 hours no one will even know it existed."

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31.

jayman27    

het

600 days ago
32.

sean    

chill out -old man! in a few weeks when a bunch of youngsters buy some albums and your check get bigger-you be pissed when it goes away.
as long as the 15 min is profitable-go for it!

600 days ago
33.

CountryGal    

NIN are so over. Chris needs to realize most people don't even know who they are anymore. They were popular 20 years ago. That being said I knew those guys and Chris was a nice guy. Trent was a total prick from hell. Oh and his wife and her new "music" suck really bad.

600 days ago
34.

bored    

This is a insult to every NIN fan everywhere!

600 days ago
35.

EasilyHard    

Call me maybe was downloaded 12 million times ????? Song suxxxxx

600 days ago
36.

Misfitttt    

Trent Reznor is God! NiN is awesome and will stay awesome because they make music that sticks.. their tours still sell out after 20yrs ya'll just dont know it because ur heads are consumed by all this bieber/carly rae garbage.. which 20 yrs from now will be non existent

600 days ago
37.

Katy    

I tried listening to it but I couldn't listen to the whole thing. It's awful.

600 days ago
38.

Nvts    

I didn't know Christ Elliot was in NIN????...............Whatever NIN is!!!!

600 days ago
39.

wktkw    

NIN fan here-I think both mashups are freaking hilarious.They WORK and that's so bizarre.Lighten up dude.NIN in only relevant to hardcore fans these days-the recent stuff is crap,ditto Reznor's vanity project with his wife ,it's just something to keep her busy and it sucks.NIN was gresat when Reznor was angry-he's an old ***** now...so sad.He has lost his edge

600 days ago
40.

Mike    

He's a nobody and his music is unknown compared to Carly Rae. He should be happy his stupid song got some exposure, I'm sure almost nobody had even heard it before. He's got an inflated sense of self-importance.

600 days ago
41.

Kaveman    

I have ZERO respect for that SKANK named Carly Rae now that she stuck her big nose into politics.

600 days ago
42.

zombie    

That stupid Call Me song needs to be blown off the face of the earth.

600 days ago
43.

MAX    

NINE INCH WHO ? OH YEAH THAT LOSER BAND FROM THE 90'S

600 days ago
44.

chzbrgrmachne    

Nine Inch Nails has always been WAY too full of themselves. This is actually a creative and enjoyable mashup.

Why wasn't there this much whining and drama when they mashed up the other overplayed NIN song and the Super Mario Bros theme??

600 days ago
45.

angela    

I would be offended too .... and angry .... Carly "whatever" ....is not real music ....and the new generations don't even know what NIne Inch Nails means to rock music....it seems they only like Justin Bieber ...and similars .....

600 days ago
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