With only 14 days left until one of the most important elections in American history, MINISTRY‘s Al Jourgensen is encouraging fans to “Git Up, Get Out ‘N Vote” by whatever means necessary ahead of the November 3 deadline. Today, MINISTRY releases a brand-new video to spread the message, using the music and lyrics from the notorious song that originally appeared on the band’s 2012 release “Relapse”.
Stay tuned to MINISTRY‘s official social media accounts (@WeAreMinistry) the next two Tuesdays (October 27 and November 3) for additional surprises that will launch leading up to Election Day.
To provide the perfect soundtrack to get fans engaged in the upcoming voting season, MINISTRY has also created a new playlist, “The Soundtrack To Your Election”, available now on Spotify. With 30 powerful selections, the playlist features personal favorites of Jourgensen as well as MINISTRY‘s own rally cries including new single “Alert Level” and tracks from the highly politicized album “AmeriKKKant”, the band’s most recent full-length release.
Jourgensen has spent decades using his music to rally fans and listeners to the fight for equal rights, restoring American liberties, exposing exploitation and putting crooked politicians in their rightful place. Songs like “Thieves”, “Lies, Lies, Lies” and “N.W.O.” have taken on political corruption and the societal constructs that led to historic events like 9/11 and the 1992 Los Angeles riots while the George W. Bush administration spurred an entire trilogy from the industrial godfather.
With America still on the brink, Jourgensen has re-entered the studio to create his missives that will become material for a to-be-announced new album on Nuclear Blast Records. The first taste, “Alert Level” was released in April, and asked fans to be part of the larger conversation by answering the question posed by the song, “How concerned are you?” Many of the videos have been shared across MINISTRY‘s social media pages as the band and Jourgensen encourage fans to remain engaged and informed in 2020.
Webb arrived in New York in 1975 at the age of 16, the same year in which his future employer Trash and Vaudeville would open in St. Marks Place. Webb quickly acclimated to the East Village punk scene, becoming one of its most notable figures, in particular for his personal style of extremely tight pants, leather jackets, and bleached shaggy hair.
Following nearly two decades struggling with addiction, Webb would later become the manager, salesman, stylist, and face of the iconic rock and roll emporium. Trash and Vaudeville was notable for being the first retailer in the U.S. to carry Dr. Martens, as well as being a go-to for famous clientele including Tommy Hilfiger, Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry, Iggy Pop, and Henry Rollins.
In a 2013 feature in the The New York Times, artistic director of Diesel Nicola Formichetti said “[Trash and Vaudeville] smells of punk rock. The store always has a solution. Every job, I start there. For my first ever Lady Gaga job, I went there and got her amazing stripper shoes and created an entire wardrobe for her dancers.”
In his later years, Webb remained a stylist to some of the music industry’s biggest names including Beyoncé, Justin Bieber and The Ramones, before opening his own boutique,”I Need More,” in 2017.
Duff McKagan (GUNS N’ ROSES), Slash (GUNS N’ ROSES), Sebastian Bach (SKID ROW), Nikki Sixx(MÖTLEY CRÜE), Alissa White-Gluz (ARCH ENEMY) and CRO-MAGS are among the rockers who have reacted on social media to the passing of Jimmy Webb, the iconic manager at famed New York clothing store Trash And Vaudeville, who died Tuesday morning at the age of 62. The cause of death was reportedly cancer.
“Jimmy Webb was a great friend of mine,” Bach wrote. “I bought every pair of Cuban-heeled boots that I wore from 1987 – 2011 at Trash & Vaudeville from Jimmy. Rest in peace brother, we will miss you. You came from the time of true rock and roll.”
McKagan added: “The sweetest man and pure punk f*cking rock n roll. Jimmy has SUCH a story, and my family and I feel honored and loved to be a small part of his triumphant tale. We love you Jimmy…we will miss you, brother.”
Punk rock legend Henry Rollins told the New York Post that he played Buffalo not long ago and an ailing Webbtook the train up to surprise him backstage. “He traveled four hours and came in with a bouquet of flowers,” Rollins recounted. “He said he just wanted to see me. That was a total Jimmy move. We put the flowers on the tour bus and hoped they wouldn’t get knocked over when we pulled out of a truck stop. Jimmy Webb was one of the sweetest human beings I ever met.”
Webb grew up in upstate New York and moved to New York City in 1975. He spent more than a decade and a half working at Trash And Vaudeville, which he dubbed “rock and roll heaven,” before opening his own boutique, I Need More, named after a song by Iggy Pop, three years ago.
In a 2013 article, Vogue called Webb the “reigning Mayor of St. Marks Place” and “punk rock’s unofficial shopkeeper.”
“Without a doubt, I have a dream come true life,” Webbonce said. “I live every moment and I taste everything in it. I taste it, I smell it, I feel it … Dreams do come true.”
Jimmy was a RocknRoll renaissance man. A true survivor & inspiration.His heart was always full of love and he let the world know it.We will all miss his special spirit. NYC will never feel the same without Jimmy’s smile waiting for you as you entered his store. RIP Rockstar https://t.co/ntG9Pvo4Fk
The death of Jimmy Webb will be breaking many hearts today. He was a beautiful man of rare soul and grace with a huge heart. Unforgettable Character. Sweet Temperament. We will all remember!!xxxxx pic.twitter.com/40YyuTZJcX
RIP JIMMY WEBB💔 He was a long time friend and supporter of The 69 Eyes. Here with a set of @villeakseli art. One of the last real Lower East Side rockers and characters. 😰 J69 X pic.twitter.com/KPJRQLJ9yd
Jimmy Webb lived and breathed rock ‘n’ roll like no one I’ve ever known in the 50 years I’ve been on my journey. Did he play an instrument? No. Did he sing?No. Did he exude rock ‘n’ roll ? Yes. A profoundly important element in the history & mystery of NYC R n R..Rock in Peace! pic.twitter.com/GyMyj1RNbn
Our friend, Jimmy Webb, a legend and a St. Marks St. legend, stylist of the punks, famous and not, has passed. I’m so very sad and we’ll all miss your energetic, warm soul. The city will not be the same without you. pic.twitter.com/RI06gv8f0C
R.I.P. to My & All of our Brother #jimmywebb I can't Fuqn believe this Right Now! Ty for All the Love u Always Gave me thru out all these years JW! Damn! Gonna miss ya man…Mt🙏💯❤😪 pic.twitter.com/bLEIjbX5Y7
Type O Negative vocalist/bassist Peter Steele died ten years ago on Apr. 14 and, although criminally underrated, they still left a lasting impression both music and horror fans.
Metal, regardless of which subgenre your more familiar with, goes remarkably well with horror movies — there’s no disputing that. It doesn’t matter if it’s a slasher film, creature features, ghost or zombie flicks, whatever it is. Unsurprisingly, certain metal groups appear on multiple soundtracks throughout their careers. One band that was very unique in their approach to convey emotion, sensuality and dark humor with depth was Type O Negative.
I first got into Type O Negative after a friend recommended them to me and I promptly bought the October Rust CD. I remember being overwhelmed and totally impressed with each and every song. Soon after I bought Bloody Kisses and from there I did a deep dive and bought all their albums while impatiently awaiting future releases.
Below is a list of movies featuring the “Drab Four” on their soundtrack.
1) I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
Off their 1993 album, “Bloody Kisses,” Type O Negative released this Seals and Crofts cover. It’s featured in the opening of the Kevin Williamson ’90s hit, I Know What You Did Last Summer. The camera is moving over a body of water to its destination and slowly the song transitions to the film’s score by John Debney. It’s a strong mood setter, especially with the sound effects added in.
Something about their cover of Summer Breeze is perfect for this opening. It feels sarcastic, insincere and perhaps a tad dangerous. Either way you look at it, it’s a huge departure from what the 1972 original’s vibe is like.
Noteworthy in the band’s history: “Bloody Kisses” earned them recognition from the Recording Industry Association of America. Also noteworthy, drummer Sal Abruscato quit the band shortly after and was replaced by their drum technician, Johnny Kelly.
2) Nosferatu (1922 silent film, released in 1998)
Courtesy of Arrow Videos and DigiView Entertainment, the original 1922 silent film was re-released in 1998 with music taken from 1991’s Slow, Deep and Hard, 1993’s Bloody Kisses and 1996’s October Rust. If interested, you can watch it in full on YouTube, but if you’d prefer a DVD copy, check here. The song I’ll choose to highlight comes off October Rust. Green man is an earthy, tranquil song that suits any season and any purpose.
3) Bride of Chucky (1998)
The song, “Love You to Death,” appears as track number six on the official soundtrack, however, it doesn’t appear in the movie. It’s interesting because the album cover reads, “Music from and inspired by the Motion Picture”, but the song came out in 1996; so if it’s neither featured in the film, nor inspired by it, why is it listed?
I just wished they actually used it somewhere in the movie. It’s a sexy, goth romance song that’s as beautiful and overwhelming as it is passionately played and mellifluously sung.
4) The Blair Witch Project (1999)
The Blair Witch Project — Courtesy of Lionsgate
Say what you will about this found footage flick, but the soundtrack isn’t half bad. Included on it, is the 1996 track, Haunted. It’s ethereal, otherworldly, tragic and effective in every sense. While none of the songs on the soundtrack actually made it to the film, the idea was to market the hell out of it by releasing a mixed CD the character Josh had in his car before disappearing. It’s funny to note that, if memory serves, the film takes place in 1994, despite being released in 1999. “Haunted” was not released until 1996. The film was shot in late October of 1997 and became a hit two years later during its festival run.
5) Freddy vs. Jason (2003)
“(We Were) Electrocute” is one of many awesome tracks on the film’s official soundtrack. It’s a mournful yet celebratory track of heavy riffs complimenting reflective lyrics softly albeit passionately sung. The track is off Type O Negative’s 2003 album, “Life is Killing Me.” The album would be their last with Roadrunner records. Although not the first, Freddy vs. Jason is certainly one of the greater horror soundtracks offering a variety of different types of metal.
Type O Negative disbanded shortly after Peter Steele died on Apr. 14, 2010. His death was from an aortic aneurysm. Since then, Keyboardist Josh Silver has become a certified EMT in New York, while guitarist and vocalist Kenny Hickey has help positions in several bands, including Danzig and Seventh Void along with drummer Johnny Kelly, who also plays in A Pale Horse Named Death with Type O’s original drummer, Sal Abruscato on vocals.
I strongly feel as though, all these years later, Type O Negative still isn’t given nearly the credit they deserve. Not only has the band become a source of inspiration, but their music has helped me through some rough times. I was even fortunate enough to see them in concert.
If you haven’t heard of the band before, I highly recommend you check them out. Especially if you’re a fan of any of the aforementioned horror movies. How many of the songs and movies are you familiar with?
According to the French newspapers Le Parisien and Le Dauphiné Libéré, acclaimed heavy metal cover artist Jean-Pascal “JP” Fournier was arrested on Thursday for allegedly killing his 80-year-old father, Jean-Paul Fournier, by disemboweling him and shooting an arrow in his head.
The police apparently discovered Jean-Paul‘s body on Wednesday after being alerted by relatives. The victim’s wife, an elderly and sick woman, was upstairs when the police arrived.
One day after allegedly committing the murder, Jean-Pascal reportedly tried to commit suicide by jumping from a bridge into the Isère river in the town of Saint-Martin-d’Hères in the suburbs of Grenoble. The police were called, and the the 47-year-old suspect, who was not injured, was immediately taken by investigators to the Grenoble police station where he was placed in police custody.
One of the victim’s neighbors, Jacques, voiced his shock at the deadly outburst of violence, saying that the murderous act was “beyond comprehension.” The neighbor described Jean-Paul as “quiet” and “very kind.” As for Jean-Pascal, whom the neighbor saw from time to time, Jacques said: ‘He did not look mean. He must have gone crazy. Why? I do not know.”
According to his web site, Jean-Pascal Fournier began to draw and paint before he was able to walk, and he has worked on more than 200 album covers — including AVANTASIA‘s “The Metal Opera”, DRAGONFORCE‘s “Valley Of The Damned” and EDGUY‘s “The Savage Poetry” — over the course of his nearly two-and-half-decade career. He has also designed the logos of several well-known metal acts.
In a 2019 inteview with Metal ‘N’ Rock For Life, Jean-Pascal admitted that he had a hard time making a living from his art. “I think that even an established illustrator will find it difficult to make ends meet,” he said. “Personally, I gave up for a few years ago trying to make a living exclusively with [my art].”
Layne Thomas Staley born Layne Rutherford Staley, August 22, 1967 – April 5, 2002 was an American musician best known as the original lead singer and co-songwriter of the rock band Alice in Chains. The band rose to international fame in the early 1990s as part of Seattle’s grunge movement, becoming known for Staley’s distinct vocal style and tenor voice as well as the harmonized vocals between him and guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell. Staley was also a member of the glam metal bands Sleze and Alice N’ Chains, and the supergroups Mad Season and Class of ’99.
Few rock vocalists created such a dark and eerie body of work as Alice in Chains’ Layne Staley. Born in Kirkland, WA, on August 22, 1967, Staley showed musical talent at an early age, and took up the drums. But upon joining garage bands and discovering rock music as a teenager (Black Sabbath, the Doors, etc.), Staley switched to singing. He met guitarist Jerry Cantrell shortly thereafter, and both formed a band.
From mid-1996 onwards, Staley was out of the public spotlight, never to perform live again. Staley struggled for much of his adult life with depression and drug addiction, which resulted in his death from a speedball overdose at the age of 34 on April 5, 2002.
However, Staley’s body wasn’t discovered immediately. It wasn’t until April 19, after no one had heard from him for two weeks, that the police were called in to break down the door to his Seattle apartment. Surrounded, in squalor, by drugs and drug paraphernalia, was Staley. His 6′ 1″ frame had been reduced to 86 pounds, and in his hand was a syringe loaded with another dose of heroin. The autopsy and toxicology report placed the date of his death, which was ruled as accidental, at April 5.
Alice in Chains had been mostly inactive since the summer of 1996, when they opened up for Kiss on a handful of dates. There were two new songs — “Get Born Again” and “Died” — recorded in late 1998 that were recorded for the Music Bank box set, and Staley and other ’90s alt-rock stars, calling themselves Class of ’99, covered Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall” for the soundtrack to The Faculty.
Staley was without a paternal figure during his formative years after his father left the family when Layne was just 8 years old. When his dad found a picture of Staley in a magazine, the two wound up reconnecting and would even do drugs together as both were known addicts.
At the age of 12, his passion for music was expressed through percussion. He would go on to play drums for some glam-rock acts in his teens.
When Staley did find a passion for singing in his teenage years, he started belting out tunes for an adolescent glam rock band called Sleze. The group also played on stage in full on drag, and later changed it’s name to Alice N’ Chains.
Staley asked Jerry Cantrell to join a funk band, and in exchange agreed to sing in Cantrell’s band with drummer Sean Kinney and bassist Mike Starr. The funk band would break up, but the latter band would go on to become Alice in Chains.
A tattoo of a mystery man whose eyes are sewn shut was located on the right side of Staley’s upper back. The tattoo has a striking resemblance to the hooded figure that appears in the ‘Man in the Box’ video.
Just before Alice in Chains kicked off their tour opening for Ozzy Osbourne as the singer was supporting the ‘No More Tears’ record, Layne broke his foot in an ATV accident. As a result, the singer had to prop himself up onstage using crutches.
Prior to branding themselves as Mad Season, Staley’s side project had been named The Gacy Bunch, combining the name of serial killer John Wayne Gacy and the hit ‘70s sitcom, ‘The Brady Bunch.’ Mad Season is less subtle about its nature, taken from the term attributed to when psilocybin mushrooms are in bloom.
In his last known interview, Staley told reporter Adriano Rubio that he knew his time on Earth was running out. “I know I’m near death,” he said. “I did crack and heroin for years. I never wanted to end my life this way. I know I have no chance. It’s too late.”
In an eerie coincidence, Staley died eight years to the day that Kurt Cobain, whose success with Nirvana began the Seattle-dominated grunge movement off the early ’90s, took his own life with a shotgun.
Bassist Mike Starr is believed to be the last person to see Staley alive, visiting him the day before he died, which was his birthday. Their relationship ended on a strained note as Starr left Staley’s apartment after the two engaged in an argument. The singer is said to have cried out, “Not like this, don’t leave like this.” Starr later claimed to be the last person to see him alive. “I wish I hadn’t been high on benzodiazepine [that night],” Starr said on Celebrity Rehab. “I wouldn’t have just walked out the door.”
Coincidentally Mike Starr, the original bassist for Alice in Chains who struggled with drug addiction during much of his tenure in the band died March 8, 2011 of a prescription drug overdose.
26 years ago today the world lost grunge rock icon Kurt Cobain
Kurt Donald Cobain, born February 20, 1967, Aberdeen, Washington died April 5, 1994 in Seattle, Washington. Yet another tragic member of the 27 Club. He was an American singer, songwriter, and musician, best known as the guitarist and frontman of the grunge rock band Nirvana. Regarded as a Generation X icon, he is considered to be one of the most iconic and influential rock musicians in the history of alternative music.
He died by suicide on April 5, 1994. His body was discovered inside his home in Seattle, Washington, three days later by Gary Smith, an electrician, who was installing a security system in the suburban house. Despite indications that Cobain, the lead singer of Nirvana, killed himself, several skeptics questioned the circumstances of his death and pinned responsibility on his wife, Courtney Love.
The Nirvana rocker was in a downward spiral that led to his death. Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain’s close friend, Mark Lanegan, hadn’t heard from the rocker for about a week in April 1994 when he began to fear the worst. “Kurt hadn’t called me,” he told Rolling Stone later that year. “He hadn’t called some other people. He hadn’t called his family. He hadn’t called anybody… I had a feeling that something real bad had happened.”
Lanegan’s intuition proved to be correct. On the morning of April 8, an electrician found 27-year-old Cobain dead of an apparent suicide in a greenhouse above the garage of his Seattle home. According to Rolling Stone, a 20-gauge shotgun was lying across his chest, and, as a medical examiner’s report later revealed, Cobain, who had already been dead two and a half days at that point, had a high concentration of heroin and traces of Valium in his bloodstream. The magazine also reported that he was identifiable only by his fingerprints.
During his life, Kurt Cobain was a pioneer for grunge and rock music with his band Nirvana. To celebrate the life he lived, we picked out five Nirvana tracks.
5. ‘Drain You’
“Drain You” was famously written on the spot at Sound City Studios during the Nevermind recording sessions. Cobain never revealed who inspired the love song, but it was written just three months after he met Courtney Love.
4. ‘Come As You Are’
Thanks to radio play, this song as the second single from Nevermind helped launch Nirvana from a popular band into a massive global success.
3. ‘Heart-Shaped Box’
This song still sounds incredible and genre-defying to this day. In a 1994 interview with Rolling Stone, Courtney Love recalled hearing Kurt work on ‘Heart-Shaped Box.’ “We had this huge closet,” she said. “And I heard him in there working on ‘Heart-Shaped Box.’ He did that in five minutes. Knock, knock, knock. ‘What?’ ‘Do you need that riff?’ ‘Fuck you!’ Slam. [Laughs] He was trying to be so sneaky. I could hear that one from downstairs.”
2. ‘All Apologies’
These days it’s hard to hear this song as anything but a suicide note. “I wish I was like you,” he sings to his huge global audience. “Easily amused.” It ends with him repeating the line “all in all is all we are” 13 times.
1. ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’
Look, you’re not cool for pretending to not like this song. Leaving it off this list would just be offensive. Despite its popularity, however, Kurt Cobain was not a fan. “I was trying to write the ultimate pop song,” Cobain told Rolling Stone in 1993. “I was basically trying to rip off the Pixies . . . It was such a clichéd riff.”
PANTERA has released a limited-edition social distancing t-shirt based on the cover of the band’s classic album “Vulgar Display Of Power”. 40 percent of the net proceeds generated from the purchase of the shirt — which features the “Walk” song lyrics “Be yourself, by yourself, stay away from me” — will be donated to the MusiCares COVID-19 relief fund.
Experts say “social distancing” is the best way to curtail the spread and dampen the impact of the coronavirus on the population.
The Centers For Disease Control And Preventiondefines “social distancing” as the act of “remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible.”
Ukrainian modern metallers JINJER have released the official live video for the song “Pit Of Consciousness”from their latest album “Macro”. The clip was filmed by Oleg Rooz (SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, ENTER SHIKARI) during the band’s captivating 2019 performance in Kiev.
Commented bass player Eugene Abdukhanov: “Back when we recorded this show, we were on the tail end of a six-month tour, and somewhere in between all that madness, we managed to write and record ‘Macro’… It was an extremely stressful time. But it was one of the most positive times of our lives.
“Things right now look pretty grim and no one knows what will happen next.
“We want to release this video with the hopes of letting people know that no matter how crazy, confusing and scary things get — BETTER TIMES are on the way.
“Let’s use the time at home in isolation to take a good look inside and learn about our true selves…”
“Macro” was released in October via Napalm Records. Punishing riffs, aggressively blended vocals and astonishingly deep lyrics make “Macro”JINJER‘s most advanced and undeniable album yet — taking the listener on a journey of trauma, power struggle and greed with a progressive groove metal backdrop.
While January 2019’s “Micro” EP proved to be a short exercise in madness and technical brilliance, fans still weren’t prepared for what JINJER had in store with the absolutely unbridled “Macro”. Defying all boundaries, the aptly titled opening track “On The Top” features the band’s eclectic trademarks and obeys one law only — their own. Frontwoman Tatiana Shmaylyuk defines the unique character of the Ukrainian act with menacing whispers, enthralling clean vocals and brutal growls whilst lethally groovy riff cascades melt into twisted songwriting. There is space for a microscopic bit of reggae “Judgement (& Punishment)” in all the heaviness, the double bass is beautifully out of control on “Pausing Death”, and technically superior tracks like “Home Back” defy gravity.
AS THE NEWS SEEMS TO TURN EVER MORE GRIM BY THE HOUR, WE’VE FOUND OURSELVES VACILLATING WILDLY BETWEEN FEELING LIKE THERE MAY BE HOPE AT TIMES TO UTTER DESPAIR – OFTEN CHANGING MINUTE TO MINUTE. ALTHOUGH EACH OF US DEFINE OURSELVES AS ANTISOCIAL-TYPES WHO PREFER BEING ON OUR OWN, THIS SITUATION HAS REALLY MADE US APPRECIATE THE POWER AND NEED FOR CONNECTION.
MUSIC – WHETHER LISTENING TO IT, THINKING ABOUT IT OR CREATING IT – HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE THING THAT HELPED US GET THROUGH ANYTHING – GOOD OR BAD. WITH THAT IN MIND, WE DECIDED TO BURN THE MIDNIGHT OIL AND COMPLETE THESE NEW GHOSTS RECORDS AS A MEANS OF STAYING SOMEWHAT SANE.
GHOSTS V: TOGETHER IS FOR WHEN THINGS SEEM LIKE IT MIGHT ALL BE OKAY, AND GHOSTS VI: LOCUSTS… WELL, YOU’LL FIGURE IT OUT.
IT MADE US FEEL BETTER TO MAKE THESE AND IT FEELS GOOD TO SHARE THEM. MUSIC HAS ALWAYS HAD A WAY OF MAKING US FEEL A LITTLE LESS ALONE IN THE WORLD… AND HOPEFULLY IT DOES FOR YOU, TOO. REMEMBER, EVERYONE IS IN THIS THING TOGETHER AND THIS TOO SHALL PASS.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AGAIN SOON. BE SMART AND SAFE AND TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER.
His 1972 song ‘Soul Makossa’ was loved by David Mancuso and sampled by Michael Jackson and Rihanna
Manu Dibango has passed away aged 86 in Paris after contracting COVID-19.
The legendary Cameroonian saxophone player is best known for his 1972 song ‘Soul Makossa’, which was a favourite at David Mancuso’s Loft parties, and also famously sampled by Michael Jackson in ‘Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’’ and Rihanna in ‘Don’t Stop The Music’.
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