In Nine Inch Nails, I've been the guy calling the shots since inception. I'd gotten used to that.
I do remember my first purchase: the Partridge Family's 'Greatest Hits.' I got it for $3.99 at a failed chain of pre-Wal-Mart-type stores called Jamesway. God, I'm old.
I'd rather not get into what I'm talking about lyrically. I think it's impossible not to demystify a song when saying what it's about. Music and art can be damaged severely by too much information; I say that as somebody that has participated in that.
I found that when I was putting my own music out, with my Twitter feed as the pure marketing budget, I'm preaching to the choir.