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During Nine Inch Nails’ farewell tour, they hooked up with Gary Numan for a show in London and posted the results on Vimeo. I’m telling you, their joint performance of Numan’s “Cars” is absolutely da bomb, baby! Da BOMB!

“Cars” was one of those seminal hits (released in 1979) that set the stage for the formative years of the Gen Xers. In the original music video, Numan is dressed in a suit. During the live performance with NIN, he’s dressed in black jeans and a black T-shirt, looking a bit more grunge. He has aged well.

The video is electric. NIN, which I’ve previously noted for its flawless performance, repeats that perfection with “Cars.” Trent Reznor shakes his tambourine like an Olympic athlete and the other musicians give the song their all. It’s obvious they are digging this classic.

Another feature of the video that makes it exciting is the filming. Someone, most likely NIN artistic director Rob Sheridan, shot the video while moving around on stage. This provides the viewer a feeling of standing on the stage next to the musicians.

This is one video that deserves to go viral. While I’d love to embed it for you, WordPress or Vimeo or some-such isn’t allowing it, so you’ll have to link over:

NIN: “Cars” with Gary Numan, live from on stage, London 7.15.09 [HD] from Nine Inch Nails on Vimeo.

Let me know what you think.