Watch Nine Inch Nails perform on "Dance Party USA" c.1989

Dance Party USA was a 1980s music TV show airing on the USA Network that featured teen pop artists of the time lip-syncing their hits. In 1989, Nine Inch Nails's first album Pretty Hate Machine was gaining steam in the alt.rock realm and, as a goof, Trent Reznor suggested to his PR team they should appear on Dance Party USA. And, well, they did. Here's what Reznor tweeted when the video of the "performance" made its way to YouTube a few years back:

Many years ago, a young and naive Nine Inch Nails were asked what TV shows they'd be interested in appearing on. As a joke (and likely drunk), they thought of the most absurd choice they could come up with at the time. They were then informed their bluff had been called and were actually booked on said show… They hopped in their Honda Civic touring vehicle (hatchback) and travelled many miles to (I think) NJ for the big show. They had a laugh making fun of the people, their fashion choices and hairstyles. Life was good. Years later, the internet is discovered… There's a moral in there somewhere. Come to think of it, Skrillex may indeed owe me some publishing on that hairdo…

(via r/ObscureMedia)