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On this day in music history: October 20, 1989 - “Pretty Hate Machine”, the debut album by Nine Inch Nails is released. Produced by Trent Reznor, Flood, Adrian Sherwood, Keith LeBlanc and John Fryer, it is recorded at The Right Track Studios in Cleveland, OH, Blackwing Studios, Roundhouse Studios in London, Unique Recording Studios in New York City and Synchro Sound Studios in Boston, MA from May - June 1989. While working as an assistant engineer, handyman and janitor at The Right Track Studios in Cleveland, Trent Reznor begins making his debut release under the Nine Inch Nails moniker, at night during studio off hours with the studio managers’ permission. The album features Reznor playing most of the instruments and doing much of the programming and sequencing which is done on an Apple MacIntosh Plus computer. Released on the indie label TVT Records, it is one of the first independently released albums to reach platinum status in the US and is considered a landmark record in the Industrial Rock genre. It spins off three singles including “Head Like A Hole” and “Down In It”. Due to legal issues between Reznor and his former label TVT, the album goes out of print from 1997 to 2005, before the musician acquires the rights to the the master tapes. It is reissued first by Rykodisc, then by UMe (Universal Music Enterprises) in 2010 in a newly remastered edition. “Pretty Hate Machine” peaks at number seventy five on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.


Tony Bogan brought the heat with his army of Apple clones.

A Bell & Howell jet black Apple II (licensed by Apple), an eastern block machine in characters I’m incapable of duplicating,  a System II, a Unitron apII, a Franklin Ace 1000, a Microdata TK3000 IIa, and a Laser 128 all stood to duplicate the classic Apple II experience.  An Outbound Laptop (which required genuine Macintosh ROMs to run) was also on display with it’s signature blue kangaroo logo.  The only genuine Apple product here was a Macintosh Plus.  How fitting…

Who knew there were so many Apple II clones!