Back in 1992, Ministry released their highly influential and successful album Psalm 69: The Way To Succeed and The Way To Suck Eggs. The album produced three singles that have become classics, “N.W.O.,” “Jesus Built My Hotrod,” and “Just One Fix.” Videos were made for each of those songs with the latter “Just One Fix,” being one of the most intriguing of the three. The video was directed by Peter Christopherson of the band Coil and it features author William S. Burroughs. A few interesting samples can be heard in the song. There is an audio clip of Burroughs saying “Bring it all down” along with a clip from the film Sid and Nancy, in which Chloe Webb (who played Nancy) says “Never Trust A Junkie.” One of the other samples “Gimme the thorazine. You don’t need the thorazine” is a slowed down excerpt from the movie The Trip which starred Peter Fonda and Bruce Dern. The video itself is disturbing yet extremely realistic which makes the song come to life even more. Something else that you might find cool is that the single artwork for “Just One Fix” was created by William S. Burroughs as well.
As a music enthusiast since a very young age, I’ve been able to see the power and effect specific bands from a point in time have on genres and on their peers. It’s truly a remarkable thing to see and hear. There is one band in particular that never really got their due and that is a bit unsettling in my mind. That band is Prong.
I absolutely love finding bad cover songs and sharing them with you all. This one isn’t necessarily horrible but, it leaves a lot to be desired. Ministry is a hard band to cover and if you don’t do it right or justice, it’s going to end up a disappointment. Here is Limp Bizkit covering “Thieves” by Ministry.
Last year I started making a list of all the best bands in the alphabet. Well the list continues to find the top ten bands/artists in the alphabet. M is here and unlike the past few letters this one should be less difficult to complete. As usual your suggestions are wanted in completing this list. These are in no particular order as well.
04) Marilyn Manson
05) Massive Attack
06) Mad Season
09) Minor Threat
If you aren’t familiar with Head Wound City, they are made up of members of The Blood Brothers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and The Locust. In May they will release a new album called A New Wave Of Violence. These gents just released a single which included a cover of Ministry’s “Just One Fix.” It’s a really great cover, and captures the craziness of the original, all the while making it their own.
The use of electronics has become a focal point of many bands today. The problem is that most of those bands don’t use it properly. One band that really does is 3 Teeth. They have brought back the harder industrial/electronic sound that has gone missing. Their music has that old Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, My Life With The Thrill Kill Cult influence to it. Based in Los Angeles their music has everything that industrial should present, extreme aggression, heavy guitars and plenty of thumping bass. The guys in 3 Teeth have managed to add little bits of modern electronic music. Their debut album is 14 tracks of unrelenting heaviness. Songs like “Pearls 2 Swine,” “Dust,” “Dissolve,” and “Too Far Gone” are all stand outs. 3 Teeth are gearing up to take their music to the stage, I can only envision the amount of volume and energy these guys will put out.