Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Ministry invaded my musical arsenal as part of the second annual Lollapalooza tour in 1992 (also the year that Psalm 69 was released). Al Jourgensen and co. didn’t invent Industrial Metal, but they certainly helped propel it into the mainstream with this raging collection of inspired insanity. With lead vocals by Gibby Haynes of the notorious Butthole Surfers, the lead off single Jesus Built My Hotrod became a smash hit on MTV. Videos followed for N.W.O. and Just One Fix and suddenly Ministry had a platinum album on their hands. Their performance at that Lollapalooza show was colossally epic and remains one of the most entertaining a nd brutal live events I have ever witnessed. It was the first time I saw a crowd instigate a “sod war” by ripping the lawn to shreds and throwing it in all directions, and also my first time seeing seismic circle pits. I left that show as a lifelong Ministry fan. Psalm 69 is crushing, amusing, terrifying, and sticks to the roof of your mouth like peanut butter.

Written By Braddon S. Williams

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