NIN Live: 1990

July 11, 1990, Washington, DC, 9:30 Club

Terrible Lie
Something I Can Never Have
That's What I Get
The Only Time
Get Down Make Love
Down In It
Head Like a Hole

Known Recordings

Source 1a: Audio - PRO (Soundboard Audio from in-house feed)
Taper: Teresa Stubs
Time: 20 minutes - Incomplete
Rating: 5 out of 5
Hear a Sample: Sin, 2 minutes
Download the Full Show: .zip file M4A, 28.7 MB
Added to Archive: February 17th, 2019
Sometimes, I am not sure why I forget to add things to the archive. But this was one of them. This is the soundboard audio that was ripped from the mp4 files I received from the DC Public Library archive of NIN's show at the 9:30 Club from Teresa Stub. The club's camera operator for the in-house feed. Sadly, the video is complete. But the audio cuts out during 'Sanctified.' Not sure what the problem was. This is NIN's earliest soundboard in circulation. Just amazing to have here. Can't believe it took so long to get out there.

Source 1b: Video - PRO (In-house feed w/ soundboard audio)
Taper: Teresa Stubs
Time: 60 minutes
Rating: 5 out of 5
Download (Direct - mp4): .Zip File MP4 - 480p, 1.0 GB
Added to Archive: February 17th, 2019
What can I say? This may be my absolute favorite addition to the Nine Inch Nails live archive to this date! The story about these tapes all started when a NIN fan sent me a link to an article in the Washington Post about a woman who had just donated a bunch of tapes to the DC Public Library and their DC Punk Archive. Her name is Teresa Stubs and because the old 9:30 club had some bad vantage points, she climbed up into this camera pod in the rafters of the club and filmed for the in-house feed almost every night! You can read the article here:
As she stated, most of the nights, they were just passed through an empty deck to the monitors without recording. But some nights, she would ask the band if it was ok to record the show onto 3/4” tape as long as she provided a 1/2” tape for the band after the show. You can read below an email from Teresa to me about taping at 9:30 Club and NIN in particular. I assume the first time she was speaking of in her email was the 10/22/1989 show when NIN went out to support ‘Pretty Hate Machine.’
I was able to get the mp4 transfers of the two recordings that they had in their possession! The first one was the 07/11/1990 show that you actually see on NIN’s vimeo page here: (This was the source that was on the archive previous to this) As Teresa stated, if she could record the show on 3/4” for her own collection, she would give the band a 1/2” tape. So to imply, NIN got the tape from Teresa on 1/2” and her master tape’s audio drops out during ‘Sanctified’ so that is probably the same for NIN’s copy, as the video on NIN’s vimeo page stops after ‘SICNH.’
The video you see here is from that same footage from the NIN Pretty Hate Machine website. I am not sure where the nin camp got it from. But I doubt from the master tape. Or they did way back when if Teresa gave them a tape afterwards? Not too sure until I can ask the band. List of things I would want to ask. ha! Sadly, just like in the recording on the website, it’s really only salvageable until Sanctified for soundboard audio. But the video is pristine, as I stated before. Just no audio, sadly.
I can’t thank Teresa Stubs (for taping and donating this footage to DCPL), DCPL (Michele Castro) and the DC Punk Archive enough for allowing me to obtain this footage for the Nine Inch Nails archive. Like I said, this is one of the coolest pieces attained for it! I hope that you will enjoy the recording as much as I did watching it and preparing it for the archive.