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A long time ago I've heard a Prince song that supposedly inspired Trent Reznor to create Nine Inch Nail's Satellite, but I can't remember its name.

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  • I've flagged to close this question, because there really is no way to answer this. I assumed you read an interview with Reznor where he discusses this topic, but as you've stated in the comments to my answer: "But I'm sure that there is song from Prince which resembles Reznor's Satellite." And that is quite frankly an unanswerable question.
    – BCdotWEB
    May 14 '15 at 13:14
  • I'm going to leave this open, only because if someone can dig up that interview then a definitive answer is possible.
    – Johnny Bones
    May 14 '15 at 14:25
  • BTW, here's an interesting little chat about cross-influences which apparently ended after Reznor met Prince and was completely turned off by his personality: prince.org/msg/7/319359
    – Johnny Bones
    May 14 '15 at 14:36
  • @JohnnyBones Such an interview doesn't exist, and the user's answer -- "The song that Satellite is to some extent reminiscent of is Prince's song Kiss." -- is a personal opinion which is based on nothing substantial.
    – BCdotWEB
    Jun 2 '15 at 8:00
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NIN songs are well-documented on the NinWiki, and Satellite's entry has no mention of it being inspired by a specific Prince song.

You've probably misremembered a review, e.g. this one from The Quietus:

Even more of a core point about those moments of vocals and rhythm in perfect sync: it's Prince. No matter how torn up and explosive, he's also wanted to be Prince at his most futuristic and spare, if maybe with a little extra echo and bass - check the credits for Pretty Hate Machine for an early shout-out - and he's been able to pull it off a lot more than some to transform it into his own thing. It's why 'Closer' worked so well, then and now (not to mention the still underrated 'Into The Void' from The Fragile) while on this album, it's why 'Satellite' rumbles and clicks like the Neptunes at THEIR most stripped down and Prince-obsessed.

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  • Perhaps it wasn't a direct inspiration. But I'm sure that there is song from Prince which resembles Reznor's Satellite. Just like A Warm Place is inspired by Crystal Japan from Bowie, but much more subtle. May 5 '15 at 17:52
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Youtube user answered my question under one of the Satellite uploads on YT. The song that Satellite is to some extent reminiscent of is Prince's song Kiss. Especially the guitar/synth riff playing in the background.

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For me, sounds pretty similar to: Prince - U Got The Look

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