Zachary Byron Helm: Black Leather, Bingo, And Nine Inch Nails
Rocks Off likes to check in on Zachary Byron Helm and SORP Films from time to time just to see what the master of goth, industrial, and other dark music parodies is up to. Whether it's his masterpiece of mockery The League of Extraordinary Industrial Retards or peddling a rockabilly cereal we always know a good laugh at 90% of our friends is a sure thing.
We got something quite new in his latest film, Closer to Bingo though. Though much of his work is centered around spooky music and fans who appreciate it he hasn't really made a music video or a parody song before that we're aware of. Well, if you're going to start you might as well start at the top, and Helm did by bringing together Trent Reznor and bingo.
You can sort of see the connection, right? Trent revolutionized goth and industrial with his harsh beats, hard rock touches, and the epitome of the tortured artist soul. Bingo, uh, inspired a popular kid's song?
Well, both have gotten us in trouble with God. Reznor's blasphemous lyrics have surely earned us a spot in Hades, as have our penchant for adding the last line of the bingo song to "Jesus Loves Me." Helm's video is top-notch. Give it a gander...
Rocks Off sat down with helm for a brief conversation on the music video.
Rocks Off: First off, who can we thank for the song itself?
Zachary Byron Helm: The song was performed by Joshua Swann. When I set about writing the parody I looked online for NIN parodies and found very little, but I ran across a parody called "The Perfect Rug" and was astounded by his ability to sing in Trent's specific style and cadence. He is Australian. I don't know why that seems important to me, but it is.