A PERFECT CIRCLE's 'Passive' Is Reworked Version Of TAPEWORM's 'Vacant'

October 11, 2004

According to a posting at The NIN Hotline, the song "Passive" on the upcoming A PERFECT CIRCLE covers album, "eMOTIVE", appears to be what was previously known as "Vacant", the TAPEWORM song that A PERFECT CIRCLE covered on their tour three years ago.

A collaborative studio project involving the core of NIN frontman Trent Reznor, Charlie Clouser (programmer, remixer) and Danny Lohner (guitar) and several guest singers and musicians, TAPEWORM spent several years recording material for a proposed debut album before being shelved due to touring commitments and political issues surrounding Keenan and Reznor's involvement with the group.

The music for "Vacant" was written by Lohner and rearranged by Clouser, with lyrics and melody by Keenan and chorus and backing vocals by Reznor. Keenan recorded the original vocal track for the song "Vacant" in 1999.

After "Vacant" became something of an A PERFECT CIRCLE setlist staple during their 2001 tour, Reznor made it clear that he wasn't particularly pleased that Keenan let a cat out of the bag that he and his TAPEWORM compatriots have kept closed for years. "I have to admit I find it mildly irritating for ['Vacant'] to debut in this fashion before feeling it has been properly realized," Reznor said in a February 2001 post on NIN's official web site.

"eMOTIVe", due on November 2 through Virgin, features 10 covers of civic-minded tunes such as NICK LOWE's "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace Love and Understanding", MARVIN GAYE's "What's Going On" and BLACK FLAG's "Gimme Gimme Gimme". A remix/DVD album, "aMOTION", will be released on November 16.

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