NIN made an April fools joke about a new album 10 years ago…and a fan just released it.

NIN made an April fools joke about a new album 10 years ago…and a fan just released it.

Photo by Zach Spangler

On April 1st, 2009, Nine Inch Nails announced a brand new album called “Strobe Light”. They released the track listing, which featured numerous notable guests:

1. “Intro Skit”
2. “Everybody’s Doing It” (featuring Chris Martin, Jay-Z AND Bono)
3. “Black T-Shirt”
4. “Pussygrinder” (featuring Sheryl Crow)
5. “Coffin On The Dancefloor”
6. “This Rhythm Is Infected”
7. “Slide To The Dark Side”
8. “Even Closer” (featuring Justin Timberlake and Maynard James Keenan)
9. “On The List (she’s not)”
10. “Clap Trap Crack Slap”
11. “Laid, Paid And Played” (featuring Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas and Al Jourgensen)
12. “Feel Like Being Dead Again”
13. “Still Hurts” (featuring Alicia Keys)
14. “Outro Skit”

When users attempted to download the album, they were directed to a fake windows error message page. While it turned out to be an elaborate April Fool’s prank, a decade later, the album has actually come to life.

Samples from the band and guest artists were used by a fan to create the ultimate mash-up album. While we have no idea of the true identity of the user “Reznoss”, we can listen to his masterpiece here: