10 Albums Recorded in Fascinatingly Exotic Locations

Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral

Recorded in… Sharon Tate’s mansion

In a not even remotely cheesy move, Trent Reznor decided the best place to record Nine Inch Nails’ tribute to misanthropy was the house where Sharon Tate was murdered by Charles Manson and his cult of murderous lunatics. Tastefully, Reznor called the studio “Le Pig,” a reference to the message Manson scrawled on the front door in Tate’s blood, and set up camp there for some 18 months. Apparently he only thought deeply about the merits of the idea when he was confronted by Tate’s sister Patti, who asked him if he was exploiting the actress’s death: “I realized for the first time, ‘What if it was my sister?’ I thought, ‘Fuck Charlie Manson.’ I don’t want to be looked at as a guy who supports serial-killer bullshit… It made me see there’s another side to things, you know? It’s one thing to go around with your dick swinging in the wind, acting like it doesn’t matter.”