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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


The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste (1989)
Released one year after The Land Of Rape And Honey, The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste continued the heavier direction and was later certified gold in the US.

With Rape And Honey I'd started messing around with the cut-up thing, knowing that I was never going to be Jimi Hendrix on guitar or Rick Wakeman on keyboards or something. I just did what I could and spliced them all together and it came out good. At that point it was exciting. Music was this whole new frontier.

So Rape And Honey got me going, and I continued. I can play guitar, I can play violin, I can play banjo, keyboards, piano, trumpet, sax, you name it, but I'm not really good at any of them. I'm jack of all trades and master of none. But I can collage bits and pieces together musically. 

Not everything on this list is a favourite musically, and it was not fun to make this record because like Dark Side, Filth Pig and Psalm, there was so much debauchery. But the way I write music is, three or four months of the year, every single year, I make it a point to pencil in three or four months of recording. Because I have all these ideas in my head, and I go in and bulk-record. I put it all on the shelf and at the end I go, "You know what? That would be awesome for a RevCo record", or: "That's total Ministry."