Song of the Day: Filter, "Hey Man Nice Shot (1/4 lb Remix)"
Filter began as an offshoot of Nine Inch Nails—Richard Patrick and Brian Liesegang were both members of Trent Reznor's live band during his band's initial ascent, and Liesegang contributed heavily to the recording of The Downward Spiral. The pair spun off in 1994 and released Short Bus in 1995. (Liesegang bolted soon after the release of Short Bus, and Patrick has kept the Filter mantle going since; the band has a fresh album arriving in April.)
"Hey Man Nice Shot" was the first single from Short Bus, and it was an instant hit on modern rock radio. It told the story of a guy in Pennsylvania who committed suicide during a press conference in 1987, but that didn't stop everybody from assuming "Hey Man Nice Shot" was a dig at the recently deceased Kurt Cobain. For reasons I've never been able to decipher, my local modern rock station (WMRQ Radio 104—still operational!) played this remix, which I loved and never owned a copy of and it haunted me for years. I somehow managed to never hear the original, which is a pretty typical mid '90s industrial tune, and when I bought Short Bus, I was disappointed to find that the remix I had heard so often on the radio was not on it. I still cranked it up, but I missed the remix, and in the pre-YouTube era I had such a hard time finding it that I had convinced myself that it didn't exist. But I found it this morning in about six seconds, which was both immensely satisfying and punishingly boring. Such is the nature of life in the digital age.