90s in 90 Days #89: The Essential Al Jourgensen in the 1990s

90s in 90 Days #89-The Essential Al Jourgensen in the 1990s

Ministry started the 90s with their career-best “Psalm 69” in 1992, but trudged through the rest of the decade with not much else to hang its Chicago cop hat on.

Things got dark, almost “lights out” dark, for Ministry’s Al Jourgensen as the years progressed.  The Ministry Svengali was dangerously deep into his addictions by the time the band’s sludgy and tortured (torturous?) “Filth Pig” debuted in the Billboard Top 20 in 1996. 

I cobbled together a “Best of Al in the 90s,” taking into account Jourgensen’s work in Ministry and Revolting Cocks, as well as his production/engineering efforts,   In alphabetical order:

“Bad Blood” (Ministry, The Dark Side of the Spoon)
“Crackin’ Up” (Revolting Cocks, Linger Ficken’ Food)
“Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” (Revolting Cocks, Linger Ficken’ Food)
“The Fall” (Ministry, Filth Pig)
“Jesus Built My Hotrod” (Ministry, Psalm 69)
“Just One Fix” (Ministry, Psalm 69)
“Lay Lady Lay” (Ministry, Filth Pig)
“N.W.O.” (Ministry, Psalm 69)
“One Time For Me” (The Reverend Horton Heat, Liquor in the Front)
“Whip and Chain” (Ministry, Dark Side of the Spoon)


90s in 90 Days: Over the course of 90 days (not consecutive, though I’ll try), I’ll be offering up a capsule look at something about Chicago music from the 90s. It could be a radio memory. Thoughts on a song, show, band, or album. Maybe a review aided by hindsight. Whatever it is, it’ll be original content just for this site, and not found in my book.


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