This is the fourth track on Pretty Hate Machine
, the debut album from Nine Inch Nails. Trent Reznor had various collaborators on the album, but he took total control. One of his cohorts was Richard Patrick, who went on to form Filter. Patrick was part of the touring band, but was left off the album with the exception of a guitar drone that leads from the end of "Sanctified" into the next track, "Something I Can Never Have."
In a Songfacts interview with Patrick
, he explained: "Well, that was really easy. My part in that whole thing was, [voice of Trent Reznor] 'Hey, Rich, I'm sequencing the record. I know you want to be on it. I want a segue between 'Sanctified' and 'Something I Can Never Have.' What do you got?' I came in with my rig and I made some feedback. I go, 'There you go. Try piecing that together. Can you use that somehow?' And he goes, 'Okay.' And he recorded it. And he goes, 'I found something great.' He did the double of it and just kind of snuck it in there, and that was it. That was my involvement on Pretty Hate Machine