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Revolting Lots: Al Jourgensen's Favourite Ministry Albums
Kiran Acharya , April 27th, 2016 10:02

As Ministry prepare to tour Europe, their leader puts the band's discography in order while sharing wild tales and encounters with William S. Burroughs, Robert Plant and copious amounts of his own stomach lining


Twitch (1986)
Twitch moved Ministry further from the electronic pop of With Sympathy, giving Jourgensen creative control that he would never again relinquish.

We recorded Twitch when I was living in London, and I recorded it with the last producer I ever worked with, which was Adrian Sherwood. He did the label On-U Sound and all the early dub stuff. He was the dub engineer for Lee "Scratch" Perry, who I also engineered for on some sessions.

 It was recorded when I was living in Wood Green up in North London, where dazed acid casualties from the '60s all talk about seeing Pink Floyd play a free concert in 1968. That's how they begin every sentence. But at any rate, Twitch was recorded in London and mixed in Berlin at Hansa Tonstudio. I was all new to this. I was just a mere tot at the time, taking it all in, and everything I know I owe to Adrian Sherwood for his direction on Twitch. However, as with the covers records, I don't feel like this one's really mine because it's so Adrian Sherwood-influenced. It's grown in cult status to certain people as the 'precursor to industrial' or whatever the fuck they want to call it. To me it was a learning experience, but it wasn't in the fun category or the category for 'this stuff rules'.