A Classic Nine Inch Nails Track Was Featured In HBO’s Westworld


HBO’s Westworld is aiming to do for Sci-Fi for what Game Of Thrones has done for the fantasy genre. On the most recent episode (S01 E05) ‘Contrapasso’, an instrumental version of Nine Inch Nails ‘Something I Can Never Have’ was heard in a pivotal scene. You can hear it below:


The version in the episode was by the Vitamin String Quartet. The original recording appeared on Nine Inch Nails’ ground-breaking début Pretty Hate Machine (TVT), covered by Tori Amos and Flyleaf, and re-done by Trent Reznor for the NIN album All That Could Have Been (Nothing). Ramin Djawadi, best known for his work on Game of Thrones and Marvel’s Iron Man soundtracks is the composer and music supervisor for Westworld. The first partial release of the official Westworld soundtrack is out now on iTunes and includes the main title, and versions of Soundgarden’s ‘Black Hole Sun’, The Cure’s ‘A Forest’, and The Rolling Stones’ ‘Paint It Black’. ‘Something I Can Never Have’ and another track, Radiohead’s ‘Paranoid Android’ are as yet unreleased. Blending soundtrack music with unique piano driven versions of modern songs, Djawadi has made a lasting impression on fans.

Composer Ramin Djawadi

Composer Ramin Djawadi


Westworld iTunes Soundtrack track listing

1. Main Title Theme – Westworld (1:42)

2. Black Hole Sun (2:28)

3. Paint It, Black (5:44)

4. No Surprises (4:02)

5. A Forest (2:48)

You can purchase the soundtrack from iTunes, here. Westworld airs every Sunday night in the USA on HBO and stars Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Wright, James Mardsen, Ben Barnes, Jimmi Simpson, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Shannon Woodward, Luke Hemsorth, and Ed Harris. Nine Inch Nails continues to work on new music, expected in 2017.