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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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46.

tren/han    

I think it is the worst thing I have ever heard how disrespectful!

529 days ago
47.

Signothorn    

He doesn't like it, but instead of letting it die in a week, he draws attention to it with public criticism. Since writing "The Perfect Drug", I don't know of anything Chris has done, except the original Alice videogame Soundtrack. Perhaps he's just trying to keep his name out there?

529 days ago
48.

ChitownCletus    

Calling NIN music is a insult to music. HEY OLD MAN, No one gives a S__t!

529 days ago
49.

Scary    

As far as mash-ups go, I think it sucks. Good ones further the music, this one negates both. However, if the guy wanted it to go away in 48 hours, he should've just not commented.

529 days ago
50.

Scary    

NIN has won 2 Grammys and Reznor (who pretty much is NIN) has an Oscar. Jepsen is 27 and opening for Bieber - she has to spend her evenings singing to preteens worried about waking up for school in the morning. Almost 30, she has to step off the stage so Bieber can come out and has the same billing as Will Smith's kid.

529 days ago
51.

zombie    

Is the average music listener now not above the age of 10?

529 days ago
52.

Marc    

Cause he is all about the integrity of the music...I laughed to hard I peed a little.

529 days ago
53.

kitnplayn    

In 48 hours, nobody will know that YOU existed. You have some nerve demanding that your work is art, and someone else's isn't. When you sell your music to somebody, it is their property to do with what they want. This is not a copyright infringement, so shut up.

529 days ago
54.

TeamEdwardJace    

granted, as much as i like this mashup, and both songs, i like the original head like a hole better.

529 days ago
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TeamEdwardJace    

for whatever, reason this just works! and lighten up dude! some dude mixed justin bieber with slipknot and it worked! corey taylor liked it! and obv this is a person is a fan or NIN and cnd possibly carly rae jepsen, otherwise he or she wouldn't have done this.

529 days ago
56.

Diana     

Ms Jepsen reminds me of Robin Sparkles "Space Teens" on How I Met your Mother. Carley Rae , aka Tiffany wannabe, should be doing concerts in shopping malls for tweeners , signing CDS and talking nail polish. If karma holds true, in 10 years you find Carly Rae on the scfy channel fighting mutant guppies who are attacking the local tourists with some other D lister- has- been.

529 days ago
57.

Lou    

Nine inch who? Looks like somebody needs rehab

529 days ago
58.

karmabug    

As a diehard NIN fan, that mashup is ****, it annihilates Head Like a Hole. YUCK. You guys can have your crappy pop music, but leave the good stuff out of it, please!

529 days ago
59.

Gargamel    

TMZ SUCKS!!!

529 days ago
60.

Usagi-chan    

Get over yourself.

529 days ago
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