When I first heard the score for The Social Network, I felt a lot of pride in knowing where many of the sounds and moods used in it came from. Nine Inch Nails’ Ghost I-IV is for all intents and purposes the precursor of that score, and it explores those moods and sounds far more eloquently than the score ever could.
Song construction of How To Destroy Angels “The Believers”.
Reznor’s wife, Mariqueen Maandig —former lead singer of West Indian Girl— came up with a title for the track (“The Believers“) and a snippet of lyric. [Trent] Reznor and [Atticus] Ross wove it into an ominous, bass-heavy loop. “We won the battle as soon as that beat came out,” Reznor says. “It sounded cool and matched up with what Mariqueen was looking for.”