Fan Poll: Top 5 Songs From The Ministry
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Ministry has had one of the most fascinating (and legendary) trajectories in heavy music. Since emerging in the early 1980s as hawkers of new-wave synth-pop, lead man’s band Al Jourgensen has evolved dramatically over the following decades to become a highly influential and celebrated force in the world. sling, chaotic and political industrial metal – a style embodied in groundbreaking albums like The land of rape and honey, Spirit is a terrible thing to taste and Psalm 69. In honor of the announcement of their 15th album, Moral hygiene, we asked our readers to choose their favorite ministry song from their epic catalog. The results are ranked accordingly below.
Ministry Video – Filth Pig
5. “Dirty pig”
Coming on the heels of their massively influential 1992 album Psalm 69, 1996 Dirty pig was a tough sell for some fans. “Everyone hated [Filth Pig]”Jourgensen said in his autobiography.” They all wanted Psalm 70, and I gave them an electronically-less record full of funeral songs of nothing but pain. “The mid-paced title song embodies that pain – in the best possible way – as it goes from harsh riffs to harmonica burning and just generally crushes everything in its path.
Video of So What
4. “So what”
The ministry may have teased their fondness for industrial metal in the 1988s The land of rape and honey, but no one could have imagined the tremendous creative leap they would make a year later Spirit is a terrible thing to taste. Jourgensen and Co. seriously upped the musical aggressiveness by incorporating more thrash influences and poisonous socio-political messages. The “So What” album’s middle build and release banger draws listeners in with a haunting bassline, repeating drum beats, and guitar overtones (plus a choice Scarface sample of laughter), before the song bursts – and Jourgensen starts spitting out his nihilistic lines: “Die! die! die! die! / Scum sucking depravity debauched! / Anal fuck-fest, chills Olympics … So what? and so ?” It is a race of violent and psychotic sensations.
Ministry Video – Jesus Built My Hotrod (Official Music Video) | Warner Vault
3. “Jesus built my hotrod”
The first single from Ministry’s breakout album, Psalm 69, is a full blast of industrial power psychobilly and speed-freak. The debauchery that surrounded the creation of Psalm 69 is legendary – so it’s only fitting that the first song on the album features an ecstatically absurd guest vocal performance presented by an “absolutely shit” Gibby Haynes from the Butthole Surfers.
Ministry video – Just One Fix (official clip)
2. “Just a solution”
The third single from Psalm 69 is one of the best examples of Jourgensen’s expert-level ability to stitch film samples together in industrial metal for a truly chilling hearing experience. “Just One Fix” features excerpts from Frank Sinatra in the The man with the golden arm (“just a fix!”), Sid and Nancy (“never trust a drug addict!”), Peter Fonda (“give me the Thorazine!) and Junkie songwriter and beat icon William S. Burroughs (who also appears in the music video directed by Peter Christopherson of Throbbing Gristle / Coil fame). The massive drums and hypnotic riff are the centerpieces of this recorder, on which Jourgensen’s breathy voice guides listeners through a story of drugged sadness.
Ministry Video – Stigmata (video version)
1. “The stigmata”
Ministry’s third album, The land of rape and honey, is a line of demarcation between their early synth / EBM dance sounds and the caustic industrial metal style of the last days. The album, the first to feature longtime Jourgensen collaborator Paul Barker, kicks off with “Stigmata”. The simple, yet slamming track is built around relentless drum loops, fried vocals, and pitch-shifted guitar samples and serves as a powerful statement of intent for the rest of the record, as well as the sonic onslaught of the scorched earth Ministry would make. roll out over the next decade.