The Downward Spiral
album, which featured two of Reznor's best known songs "Closer
" and "Hurt
" was an enormous success. It sold quadruple platinum and made Reznor an uneasy megastar, but plunged him into years of self-loathing and self-destruction. He told Maximum Ink
magazine: "I can look back from The Downward Spiral
on and it was during that tour that problems started to arise. Prior to that I would have considered myself pretty normal. With The Downward Spiral
, I can remember where I was in my head, what I was thinking, and I can remember writing that record, and the mindset. This record that was about an extension of me, became the truth fulfilling itself."