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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

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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Sorry Chris, I have to disagree. NIN my favorite band, and I still liked the mashup specifically because it was so disturbing and so wrong, but still I had to listen. I felt dirty and uncomfortable, not sure if I liked it or not, and somehow I still managed to be able to separate it from the NIN I know and love. That taboo feeling is just what I love about it, your band, Tool, Tori~ all my favorites that make you squirm. Lighten up brother.

562 days ago


Naw, mash all the things! More Nine Inch Nails mashups at MashupCiti;

561 days ago


it is ****e

561 days ago

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