Nine Inch Nails and Jane’s Addiction are calling their new working relatinship NINJA. Clever. When photos of Trent hanging out in his studio with Perry Farrell, Eric Avery, Stephen Perkins, and Dave Navarro surfaced last month we suspected more was afoot than a co-headlining victory tour with Street Sweeper. Turns out they laid down some old Jane’s songs, and wrote some new ones too.

Trent Reznor and Alan Moulder served as producers. Farrell tells Billboard:

“Just to get some creative juice flowing, we went into the studio for about two weeks. We had the idea to re-record two tunes, just because they’d never been done officially in the studio. And we had some fun writing some new things. A handful that are close to finished, but not quite done. But there’s no rush to put anything out at this point.”

You can download the Ninja EP now (in MP3, FLAC, M4A, or WAVE format) at for the cost of a valid e-mail address. Tracklist:

01 Jane’s Addiction – “Chip Away”
02 Nine Inch Nails – “Not So Pretty Now”
03 Street Sweeper – “Clap For The Killers”
04 Jane’s Addiction – “Whores”
05 Nine Inch Nails – “Non-Entity”
06 Street Sweeper – “The Oath”

No album is planned. “The idea is to introduce one or two songs into this touring cycle along with the ones everybody loves and knows,” Farrell says.

Attendees of SXSW’s Playboy/C3 party in Austin last night got to see the revived line-up in action. Billboard reports that the set consisted of only songs from Ritual De Lo Habitual and Nothing’s Shocking. It was an amazing night and everybody killed it, according to Dave Navarro’s Twitter. This is what it looked and sounded like, via

“Mountain Song”

“Been Caught Stealing” (watch Perry grab the camera)

Jane’s 3CD+DVD rarities box A Cabinet of Curiosities is out 4/1 via Rhino. Tour starts 5/8 in West Palm Beach — itinerary here.

Comments (12)
  1. Bruce Cockburn  |   Posted on Mar 20th, 2009 0

    Ninja, please.

  2. To quote Neo, our savior, “Whoa.” That collaboration of band name’s just blew my mind.

  3. fratboy  |   Posted on Mar 20th, 2009 0

    NINJA? i don’t get- oh, wow.

  4. ev  |   Posted on Mar 20th, 2009 0

    “How’s that working out for ya?… being clever?”
    nah, im just fuckin with ya, that IS pretty clever.

    • dust in the air  |   Posted on Mar 20th, 2009 0

      If there is anything sadder than trying to be clever with someone else’s words, its trying to be clever with someone else’s words and failing.

  5. CRQ  |   Posted on Mar 20th, 2009 0

    Trent Reznor has really become one of the coolest guys in the music world now. Who would’ve thought?

  6. This version of “Whores” is pretty fucking good. Sounds pretty vital even after 22 years.

  7. I was really happy to see that they ended up releasing this on bittorrent free. and they are hosting the tracker themselves! So amazing

    I wrote a blog about it if anyone wants to check it out:

  8. marsh  |   Posted on Mar 23rd, 2009 0

    am i imagining things or were trent and perry in a relationship at one point

  9. JackieDaniels  |   Posted on Mar 25th, 2009 0

    The Streetsweeper tracks are some sort of inside joke, right? When they say they’re on the tour, they mean this dude will be ordering the coldcut platters or something, right?
    Come on, did Jack put you up to this?

  10. Toy  |   Posted on Apr 6th, 2009 0

    Hey guys,
    Check out Street Sweeper, with Tom Morello and Boots Riley. They are on tour now with Nine Inch nails and Jane’s Addiction.

    Street Sweeper Site:

  11. Nic Tapp  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2009 0

    Nine inch nails and Janes Addiction are two of the most prolific bands of the 90′s, both ushering in entirely new genres of music. Industrial meets alternative, this is sweet

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