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really enjoyed this! I listened to a lot of NIN last year and thought a lot about the band's association with strip clubs. In particular, the song "Closer" is a really great exploration of depression and its relationship with sex, with Reznor repeatedly describing his desolation mixed with his desire to fuck. It's not surprise to me that it's a popular song in strip clubs (which is explored further in this great piece from Revolver Magazine: https://www.revolvermag.com/culture/closer-strange-story-nine-inch-nails-enduring-strip-club-anthem)

I agree that a lot of music from that era, whether it's nu metal or industrial rock, explored masculinity and desire in interesting ways and I'd really enjoy reading more on the subject!

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