Everything Ministry has created since its inception has been an evolution. Al Jourgensen, the architect of Ministry, succeeded by remaking the mainstream in his own image and forging a new style of music.
Jourgensen morphed Ministry from a lightweight synth-pop band in the early ’80s to a musical juggernaut with many side projects (Revolting Cocks, 1000 Homo DJs, Pailhead, Lard) on legendary Chicago-based Wax Trax! Records.
Moving to Sire Records in the mid-’80s Ministry released albums showcasing an ever-evolving style. The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste and The Land of Rape and Honey both went Gold as people searched beyond bland MTV conformity.
Psalm 69, featuring “N.W.O.”, “Just One Fix” and “Jesus Built My Hotrod”, went Platinum in 1992 and forever changed music with its heavily aggressive content. But during the late ’90s heyday of “alternative music”, Ministry’s output waned, despite a Grammy nomination for “Bad Blood” from Dark Side of the Spoon.
Coming back strong in the new millennium with Animositisomina Jourgensen refocused his energy. In 2004 a revitalized Ministry debuted Houses of the Molé. For its 25th Anniversary in 2005, Ministry released Rantology featuring tracks personally mixed, arranged, recorded and mastered by Uncle Al himself.
In October 2005, Jourgensen launched his own label, 13th Planet Records complete with an online store. Ministry’s first release on 13th Planet, Rio Grande Blood, debuted in 2006 and captured Grammy nominations for “The Great Satan” (2005) and “Lieslieslies” (2006). It was followed by the remix album Rio Grande Dub in 2007. Ministry’s final studio release, The Last Sucker, is out now and is available for order in the 13th Planet Store.
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