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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


Animositisomina (2003)
In 2003, Jourgensen's wife Angelina uncovered long-standing financial mishandling by some of Ministry's longest-standing associates. Animositisomina remains his least favourite Ministry album, even after the despised With Sympathy.

This was my splitting point from Paul Barker and all the previous musicians except for Mike Scaccia. This album was not fun to make. I was basically forced to quit my 18-year heroin addiction during this, so the whole record I was sicker than fuck, with fevers, shaking, vomiting, vomiting, vomiting… that's all I remember about Animositisomina. There was more vomit per day than there are songs on the record. 

I haven't listened to it since the day I left the studio. I even left two days early. I just said: "Fuck it. I'm done." That's why the last song is an instrumental. I just went, "You deal with it, Barker. Earn your fucking money. Fuck you: I'm done." That's also why Houses Of The Molé was kind of a rebirth for me. I started over without Barker and the old drummers like Rey Washam and Bill Rieflin and that whole deal. 

This was the end of an era.

And at this end of the list there's the elephant in the room, which I wouldn't even put on here, the first record [With Sympathy], which was like Milli Vanilli before they even became Milli Vanilli.