Survivalism (song)

Survivalism (song)

Infobox Single
Name = Survivalism
format = single (music)
Artist = Nine Inch Nails
from Album = Year Zero

Released = March 13, 2007 (iTunes)
April 2, 2007 (CD, Vinyl)
Format = MP4, CD, 9"
Recorded = 2006
Genre = Industrial rock
Length = 4:23
Label = Interscope/NothingHALO 23
Producer = Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
Chart position =
* #1 (Canadian Physical Chart)
* #1 (US Modern Rock)
* #14 (US Mainstream Rock)
* #26 (Latvia)
* #29 (UK Singles Chart)
* #36 (Eurochart Hot 100 Singles)
* #68 (US Hot 100) | Last single = "Every Day Is Exactly the Same"
(2005) | This single = "Survivalism"
Next single = "Capital G"

"Survivalism" (also known as "Halo 23") is the first single by Nine Inch Nails from their 2007 album "Year Zero". The song is the third track on the album. The single was released digitally on the iTunes Store on March 13, 2007, and the CD and vinyl singles were released internationally on April 2, 2007. [cite web
url =
title = nine inch nails: current
publisher =
date = 2007-03-04
accessdate = 2007-03-08

On February 14, 2007, a clip of the chorus to "Survivalism" was first heard by fans calling the telephone number 1-310-295-1040, which was found by joining discolored numerals on the back of a tour t-shirt. [cite web
url =
title = a new message?
publisher = Echoing the Sound
date = 2007-02-14
accessdate = 2007-02-14
] FMQB reported that "Survivalism" would arrive at radio stations on February 27 with an add date of March 6, [cite web | url = | title = Quick Hits: Nine Inch Nails (2007) | publisher = FMQB | date = 2007-02-13 | accessdate = 2007-02-13 ] but 102.1 The Edge in Toronto, Canada debuted the song on February 15, and on the next day, it was officially played on radio stations across the United States. It was later made available on Nine Inch Nails' MySpace page.

"Survivalism" was performed live for the first time in Barcelona, Spain on February 19.cite web | url = | title = Survivalism Makes Live Debut | publisher = The NIN Hotline | date = 2007-02-19 | accessdate = 2008-01-10] The song was also featured in an episode of .

As with "The Hand That Feeds" and "Only," the "Survivalism" multi-track GarageBand file was released by the band for fan remixing on March 13. [cite web | url = | title = nine inch nails: current | publisher = | date = 2007-03-13 | accessdate = 2007-06-09] It can be downloaded on the album's website.

Track listing

Promo CD

# "Survivalism" (LP version) - 4:22
# "Survivalism" (edit) - 4:22

iTunes Single (Halo 23i)

# "Survivalism" - 4:22

UK / International 2-Track

# "Survivalism" - 4:22
# "Survivalism_Tardusted" - 4:19

International CD Maxi

# "Survivalism" - 4:22
# "Survivalism_Tardusted" - 4:19
# "The Greater Good" (Instrumental) - 5:03
# "Survivalism" (Video)

UK 9" Vinyl

# "Survivalism" - 4:22
# "Survivalism_OpalHeartClinic_Niggy_Tardust!(Escaped..." - 4:18

Music video

Nine Inch Nails was scheduled to begin shooting a video for "Survivalism" on February 5, 2007, in the Los Angeles area. [cite web
url =
title = Nine Inch Nails to film 'Survivalism' video next week
publisher =
date = 2007-01-31
accessdate = 2007-01-31
] It was directed by Alex Lieu, Rob Sheridan, and Trent Reznor.

The video was circulated on the Internet on March 7, 2007, when Nine Inch Nails played the Carling Academy Brixton in London, England. USB pen drives containing low and high resolution versions of the video were found at different locations in the venue by concert-goers.

The video consists of a series of images from a console of secret cameras installed in an apartment block. As the camera moves between the footage, viewers are able to see into the lives of a number of residents, including:

*A catatonic older couple watching television with a portrait of Jesus behind them.
*A man looking after his drugged spouse (and in one scene possibly dripping or injecting the fictional drug "opal" in her eyes).
*Two men having sexual intercourse in bed. (Covered by the US Bureau of Morality image in the TV edit.)
*A topless Asian woman applying make-up in a bathroom. (Covered by the US Bureau of Morality image in the TV edit.)
*A man sitting at a table staring at his food.
*Three men in a shop (and later in an alley) working with stencils.
*A man in his cubicle surfing the Internet on his Apple laptop computer.
*A band (portrayed by Nine Inch Nails) performing the song in a room.

There are also cameras directed at hallways and stairs inside the apartment block. After about a minute, these screens show a SWAT team armed with submachine guns assembling outside. They enter in formation, and eventually break down a door (on which the letters "REV 18 3-4" are stenciled, a reference to a passage in the Bible) and enter the apartment where a band is playing. The noise disturbs all the residents, who momentarily stop what they are doing and move off to investigate, then return to their activities. At this point, a number of cameras have been turned off and show static. The band is no longer in their room. It has been torn asunder and a large smear of blood is visible on the floor. The final scene is of a member of the SWAT team dragging a bleeding corpse around a corner. Some people question this and believe that the band had actually killed the SWAT members and the body that was being dragged was a SWAT member.

The Bible passage referenced by the door is from the Book of Revelation, a passage describing the fallen city-nation of Babylon and how she has been corrupted by luxury and adultery, and how people are being called to leave this whorish nation behind and not share in her immorality to keep from sharing in her judgement. ()

The time code in the monitor sometimes changes the last digit for a letter. This eventually spells out "THE_TURNEDTO_". In addition, several Bible verses that reference water and blood are shown through out the video. "Isaiah 15:9" on the graffiti wall, "John 19:34" on the picture of Jesus behind the couple, and "II Kings 3:22" and "Exodus 7:21" in the board behind the man with the laptop. This led to the discovery of the Year Zero website, [] , which is a collage of a hand picking a man up out of the wreckage of a crumbling bridge, claimed to be drawn by a prison inmate. There are various biblical quotations surrounding the drawing, and capital letters (un-capitalized letters in the second paragraph) align to form the word "francesca" once in the first paragraph, and twice in the second.Francesca has two documented meanings; 'free', and 'from Franconia' or 'from France'.

The music video is available for download (both the lo-res and hi-res version) at the album's website.

At the end of 2007, Rolling Stone readers voted the video as the best music video of year. [ [ Rock List: Readers' Twenty-Five Favorite Videos of 2007 : Rolling Stone ] ]

Chart positions

"Survivalism" had 501 plays and debuted at #28 on "Billboard"'s Modern Rock Tracks chart in the week ending February 23, 2007. It eventually climbed to #1 for one week, becoming NIN's fourth consecutive number 1 single, [ [ R&R - Radio & Records, Inc ] ] and debuted at number 68 on the Billboard Hot 100. [Katie Hasty, [ "Fergie Scores Second 'Glamorous' Week At No. 1"] ,, March 22, 2007.] The song however had fallen drastically after 1 week at #1, almost dropping off the top 20 modern rock tracks within just one month. The song dropped from #7 to #19 during the week of May 12, 2007, proceeded to fall to #26 during the week of May 19, 2007, then hit the bottom at #37 in the week of May 26, 2007. The song debuted at number two on the UK Rock Singles Chart [cite web
url =
title = Top 40 Rock Singles : 15.04.2007
publisher =
date = 2007-04-15
accessdate = 2007-04-17
] and on #29 in UK Singles Chart. [cite web
url =
title = Chart history of "Nine Inch Nails - Survivalism"
publisher = Chart Stats
date = 2007-04-14
accessdate = 2007-04-17
] [cite web
url =
title = Timbaland Adds Another Chart-Topper In UK
author = Paul Sexton
publisher =
date = 2007-04-16
accessdate = 2007-04-17
The single debuted at number one on the Canadian Singles Chart, a position which it maintained for six weeks. [cite web
url =
title = Canada - SINGLES : Top 20
publisher = Canoe Inc.
date = 2007-06-02
accessdate = 2007-06-11


* Susan Bonds - music video producer
* Alex Lieu - music video director
* Trent Reznor - lyrics, performance, music video director, and production
* Atticus Ross - production
* Rob Sheridan - music video director
* Thavius Beck - Production on 'Tardusted' and 'OpalHeartClinic_Niggy_Tardust!(Escaped...' remixes
* Saul Williams - backing vocals [cite web| Thavius Beck - Production on 'Tardusted' and 'OpalHeartClinic_Niggy_Tardust!(Escaped...' remixes
url =
title = BYIT and Survivalism Promos Hit eBay
publisher = The NIN Hotline
date = 2007-02-21
accessdate = 2008-01-10
* Eric Wycoff - Director of photography


External links

* [ Survivalism] at the NinWiki

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