According to the album credits Nine Inch Nails recorded “The Downward Spiral” at Le Pig, Beverly Hills.
“Le Pig” being 10050 Cielo Drive in Benedict Canyon, Los Angeles, California, the home of one of the most famous murders in history. This was the site of the gruesome Tate/LaBianca murders at the hands of “The Manson Family” on August 8, 1969. Trent Reznor and NIN set up their recording studio inside the same living room of home where most of the murders took place. Here’s a photo of “Le Pig” Studios.
It was dubbed “Le Pig” by NIN because after the Tate/LaBianca murders the Manson Family members scrawled the word “PIG” on the walls and front door with the blood of their victims.
Reznor rented the house for $11,000 a month and moved in on July 4, 1992. During his stay at the home Reznor recorded some of his best material, The Downward Spiral, Broken EP as well as Marilyn Manson’s debut album Portrait of an American Family. NIN even filmed this live performance of the song “Gave Up” from the Broken EP at “Le Pig”…
One of Reznor’s last visits to the house occurred in December 1993, where he was confronted by Patti Tate (Sharon’s sister), who asked him, “Are you exploiting my sister’s death by living in her house?”. Reznor responded, “No, it’s just sort of my own interest in American folklore. I’m in this place where a weird part of history occurred.”
He later made a statement about one of his final days at working in the house during a 1997 interview with Rolling Stone:
While I was working on [The] Downward Spiral, I was living in the house where Sharon Tate was killed. Then one day I met her sister [Pattie Tate]. It was a random thing, just a brief encounter. And she said: ‘Are you exploiting my sister’s death by living in her house?’ For the first time, the whole thing kind of slapped me in the face. I said, ‘No, it’s just sort of my own interest in American folklore. I’m in this place where a weird part of history occurred.’ I guess it never really struck me before, but it did then. She lost her sister from a senseless, ignorant situation that I don’t want to support. When she was talking to me, I realized for the first time, ‘What if it was my sister?’ I thought, ‘Fuck Charlie Manson.’ I went home and cried that night. It made me see there’s another side to things, you know?
Reznor moved out in December 1993 because “there was too much history in that house for me to handle.” The house was demolished shortly thereafter making him the last known resident of the house but before the house was torn down, Reznor came back and removed the front door as a momento which he installed at his Nothing Records studio in New Orleans.
Here is the door at the Tate/LiBianca house with “PIG” on the door after the murders…
Here’s the door at Reznor’s Nothing Studios a building that used to be a funeral home.
When the house was demolished they changed the street address to 10066 Cielo Drive.