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[[caption-width-right:350:Ministry, back in 1992]]

->''So the only one thing that I could do was ding a ding dang my dang a long ling long...''
-->--'''Ministry''', "Jesus Built My Hotrod"

Ministry was the {{Trope Maker|s}} for the genre of IndustrialMetal back in TheEighties and helped popularise it along fellow {{Trope Codifier}}s Music/NineInchNails. Both bands also have something else in common, [[IAmTheBand having just one mastermind and constant member]]. In Ministry's case, this is a man named Al Jourgensen.

The band's had a [[RevolvingDoorBand high turnover rate]] of members. These have included:
* Al Jourgensen - vocals, guitar, keyboards, multiple instruments
* John Davis - keyboards (1981-1982)
* Stephen George - drums (1981-1985)
* Robert Roberts - keyboards (1981-1983)
* Marty Sorenson - bass (1981-1982)
* Shay Jones - vocals (1982-1983)
* Brad Hallen - bass (1983-1985)
* Paul Barker - bass, keyboards, programming, vocals (1986-2003) - classic lineup
* Bill Rieflin - drums, keyboards, programming, guitar (1986-1995) - classic lineup
* Chris Connelly - vocals, keyboards, guitar (1987-1993) - classic lineup
* Mike Scaccia - guitars, bass (1989-1995, 2003-2006, 2012) - classic lineup (deceased)
* Louis Svitek - guitar (1992-1999) - classic lineup
* [[Music/FrontLineAssembly Michael Balch]] - keyboards, programming (1991-1992)
* Zlatko Hukic - electronics, guitar (1995-1999)[[note]]Is now known as Marz, a rapper who was best known from his days with DarkLotus.[[/note]]
* Rey Washam - drums, percussion, programming (1995-1999, 2003)
* Max Brody - drums, percussion, programming, saxophone (1999-2004)
* Mark Baker - drums (2004-2005)
* John Monte - bass (January 2004-September 2004)
* [[Music/KillingJoke Paul Raven]] - bass, keyboards, guitar, drums (2005-2007) (deceased)
* [[Music/{{Prong}} Tommy Victor]] - guitars, bass (2005-2008)
* John Bechdel - keyboards (2006-2008)
* Sin Quirin - guitars, bass (2007-2008)

The band was formed in UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} in 1981. Their initial material was largely [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] SynthPop, as shown on their first album ''With Sympathy''. Jourgenson considers the album as OldShame and CanonDiscontinuity, referring to ''Sympathy'' as "an abortion of an album" and blaming ExecutiveMeddling for its existence. Fans largely follow the WordOfGod on this one, although it is notable that the follow up and somewhat looked down on album ''Twitch'' was a harsher-sounding industrial album with no traces of the "SynthPop" sound that was so prevalent on the previous album.

Ministry as we know it began when Jourgensen decided to add aggressive HeavyMetal riffing and recruited who would become his main collaborators for a while, Paul Barker and Bill Rieflin. The resulting album, ''The Land of Rape and Honey'', proved to be a landmark recording, combining harsh, electronics-heavy production with loud metal guitars and lots of {{sampling}} from old movies. Its follow-up, ''The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste'', refined this formula by hardening the sound even further and introducing a political slant. This period also saw the band adopt its now-famous [[HellBentForLeather leather-clad]] cowboy/biker appearance.

Also in TheEighties, Jourgensen and Barker [[AttentionDeficitCreatorDisorder formed a flurry of side projects]]. These included the more light-hearted, absurdist Revolting Cocks (which essentially has the same lineup as Ministry, plus Luc Van Acker and [[Music/{{Front 242}} Richard 23]] at first), Lard (a collaboration with DeadKennedys frontman Jello Biafra), Acid Horse (with CabaretVoltaire), 1000 Homo [=DJs=] (where [[Music/NineInchNails Trent Reznor]] contributed vocals to a cover of Music/BlackSabbath's "Supernaut"), PTP (with Chris Connelly), Pigface (an IndustrialMetal {{Supergroup}}) and Pailhead (with MinorThreat guitarist Ian [=MacKaye=]).

Ministry finally had its main breakthrough with ''Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs''. Besides providing the best example of their balls-out HotBlooded IndustrialMetal sound and the triple guitar attack of Jourgensen, Mike Scaccia and Louis Svitek, it showed the band's sense of humour through the CrazyAwesome hit single "Jesus Built My Hotrod" (with nonsense vocals by Gibby Haynes of the Music/ButtholeSurfers) and provided arguably one of the first {{Stupid Statement Dance Mix}}es with "N.W.O." ''Psalm 69'' gained them a mainstream audience and would prove to be their most critically acclaimed and commercially successful album.

After ''Psalm 69'', the band almost got derailed by the members' severe drug addictions, culminating in a 1995 raid of their Texas headquarters and Jourgensen's arrest for possession. He received a five-year probation sentence and subsequently struggled to overcome his addiction. Around the same time, Rieflin and Scaccia left the band. Their next two albums, ''Filth Pig'' and ''Dark Side of the Spoon'', stripped away the industrial elements from their sound (synthesizers, samplers, electronics) in favour of straightforward guitar-bass-drums noise. The reception from both fans and critics was poor (although both albums have since gained supporters), and the band's lineup continued to be unstable. A guitarist from this era, Zlatko Hukic, had a solo career as a RapMetal artist and a stint in the group DarkLotus, under the name Marz.

Jourgensen finally kicked his habit after almost losing an arm to a venomous spiderbite in 2001, and with Barker and new drummer/saxophonist Max Brody began working on 2003's ''Animositisomina''. After touring for the album, Paul Barker left and with guitarist Mike Scaccia back, Jourgensen began work on a follow up and formed a new lineup. Reclaiming his old IndustrialMetal sound (but adding ThrashMetal influences) and setting his sights on GeorgeWBush's presidency, Ministry released a trilogy of albums about how much Bush's presidency sucked: ''Houses of the Molé'', ''Rio Grande Blood'' and ''The Last Sucker''.

Jourgensen finally retired Ministry in 2008 after recording the covers album ''Cover Up''. He spent the next few years focusing on running his record label 13th Planet Records and concentrating on his side projects Revolting Cocks and Lard. However, as of late 2011 the band is active again, with old standbys Scaccia (until his [[AuthorExistenceFailure death]] on 23 December 2012), Bechdel and Quirin, plus new guys Aaron Rossi and Casey Orr, and a new album, ''Relapse'', was released in 2012.

'''Discography'''

* ''With Sympathy'' (1983)
* ''Twitch'' (1986)
* ''The Land of Rape and Honey'' (1988)
* ''The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste'' (1989)
* ''Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs'' (1992)
* ''Filth Pig'' (1996)
* ''Dark Side of the Spoon'' (1999)
* ''Animositisomina'' (2003)
* ''Houses of the Molé'' (2004)
* ''Rio Grande Blood'' (2006)
* ''The Last Sucker'' (2007)
* ''Cover Up'' (2008)
* ''Relapse'' (2012)
* ''From Beer to Eternity'' (2013) (final album)

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!!This band provides examples of the following:

* AppropriatedAppellation:
** Revolting Cocks got their name from an incident where Jourgensen, Richard 23 and Luc Van Acker got drunk off their arses and started a bar brawl. The owner threw them out and shouted "I'm calling the police! You guys are a bunch of revolting cocks!".
** When Jourgensen played the demos for what became the first 1,000 Homo DJ's release, WaxTrax! label owner Jim Nash said "No one's gonna buy this. It'll take one thousand homo [=DJs=] to play this for one person to buy it."
** The title of ''Filth Pig'' was taken from a speech by a British MP attacking Jourgensen.
* AuthorExistenceFailure: Mike Scaccia, who was responsible for a good deal of Ministry's current sound.
* BingeMontage: The music video of "Just One Fix."
* CoolShades: Al Jourgensen.
* ConspiracyTheorist: "N.W.O." (though the lyrics are... strange), "Lieslieslies" ([[TheBestPageInTheUniverse bukkakeing the listener with stupid]] 9/11 theories and uses clips from LooseChange, one of the foremost 9/11 conspiracy theory films) and "99%" (focuses on the Occupy movement).
* TheCoverChangesTheMeaning: The Revolting Cocks' covers of "Let's Get Physical" and "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?"
** Ministry's supremely sarcastic cover of LouisArmstrong's "What A Wonderful World".
* ContemptibleCover: ''The Land of Rape and Honey'', once you realize what it is... [[spoiler:An out-of-focus head shot of a dead man, possibly a concentration camp victim.]]
** ''Dark Side of the Spoon'' as well.
* CoverVersion: The entire ''Cover Up'' album.
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: "Flashback"
* DarkIsNotEvil: Same as Trent Reznor, Al Jourgensen in RealLife's an okay dude. Well, to be fair, Ministry isn't as angsty as Music/NineInchNails...
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Twitch'', which exchanged the campy electronic pop of ''With Sympathy'' for a harder Industrial sound.
* {{Demonization}}: "The Dick Song" blasts Dick Cheney, calling him "son of Satan" and stating "You know he's evil, he's not of this race!". These are actually two of the ''nicer'' things Al says about Cheney.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: ''With Sympathy'', as previously stated, sounds very little like the rest of the catolouge, while ''Twitch'' is arguably heavier than what comes after it. See GenreShift below.
* EpicRocking: "Cannibal Song", "So What", "Scare Crow", "End of Days, Part Two" to name a few.
* FanDisservice: The cover of ''Dark Side of the Spoon.''
* FanNickname: "Uncle Al" for Al Jourgensen.
* GenreShift:
** From SynthPop to Industrial for ''Twitch'', and straightforward industrial to IndustrialMetal for ''The Land of Rape and Honey.''
** "Test" in ''The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste'' is a strangely upbeat rap-rock-metal song.
* GrandFinale: "End of Days, Part Two" for ''The Last Sucker'' and Ministry, at least until ''[[HesBack Relapse]]''.
** However, ''From Beer to Eternity'' is very much this.
* HarshVocals: All over the place.
* IconicItem: Al Jourgensen always wears sunglasses and a bandanna or a hat. ''Always.''
* IconicOutfit: The band's leather cowboy/biker appearance, Al's sunglasses and bandanna.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Aside from opening track "No W", all of the song titles on ''Houses of the Molé'' start with W - even the HiddenTrack is officially called "Walrus". The constant use of "-tour" puns for Ministry and Revolting Cocks tours also counts.
* IndecipherableLyrics: Jourgensen is addicted to distorting and processing his voice at the expense of understandable lyrics.
* IndustrialMetal: TropeMakers.
* JerkAss: Al's built up quite a reputation for this over the years.
* LeadBassist: Paul Barker, from 1987 to 2003.
* LighterAndSofter: "Test" - at least, for Ministry. The lyrics are standard "be who you want to be" fare, free of violence, and it's a rap-rock fusion.
** LyricalDissonance: It sounds like somewhat standard Ministry fare, but the lyrics are lighter.
* MachoCamp: Sometimes, but without the muscles.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: 2-3 for their synthpop, hard 8-solid 9 for their industrial metal.
* NewSoundAlbum: ''The Land of Rape and Honey'', ''Filth Pig'', ''Houses of the Molé''.
* ProtestSong: Most of Ministry's output, especially in TheNoughties, was basically political ranting set to pounding IndustrialMetal.
* PunnyName:
** Albums: ''Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs'' (see below), ''[[Music/PinkFloyd Dark Side of the Spoon]]'', ''[[Music/LedZeppelin Houses of the Molé]]'' and ''[[Music/ZZTop Rio Grande Blood]]''.
** Tours (for both Ministry and Revolting Cocks) since 1996: [=SphincTour, CliTour, FornicaTour MasterBaTour, C-U-LaTour (Ministry's last tour before their 2008 retirement), LubricaTour=] (the follow-up Revolting Cocks tour).
* RearrangeTheSong: Nearly every song they've covered.
** In 2010, they remade their old SynthPop single "Everyday Is Halloween" in a more IndustrialMetal style (although the result is still more melodic than much of their other recent material).
* {{Sampling}}: Mostly from movies and other media instead of music, though the original version of "No W" sampled "O Fortuna".
** Several songs from ''Rio Grande Blood'' and ''The Last Sucker'' cut and pasted together samples of speeches by George W. Bush, resulting in ridiculous StrawmanPolitical statements that make Bush sound evil. ''Blood'''s title track includes "I've adopted sophisticated terrorist tactics/And I'm a dangerous, dangerous man/With dangerous, dangerous weapons" and "I'm a weapon of mass destruction/And I'm a brutal dictator/And I'm evil"; "Death and Destruction" has "I am the decider, and I decide what's best, and what's best is [[BrokenRecord death and destruction, death and destruction]]".
** The EpicRocking conclusion to ''The Last Sucker'', "End of Days, Part Two", samples DwightEisenhower's farewell address, including the famous part warning about the "military-industrial complex".
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Ex-bassist Paul Barker's glasses occasionally.
* SeriesFauxnale: ''The Last Sucker''.
* ShoutOut: The title of ''Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs'', is taken from chapter 69 of Creator/AleisterCrowley's ''The Book of Lies'', and is basically an IncrediblyLamePun about 69ing. The reference goes further, as the album covers don't have any text and the title written on the spine and the liner notes is ''ΚΕΦΑΛΗΞΘ'', which is the heading of chapter 69 of ''The Book of Lies''. (''ΚΕΦΑΛΗΞΘ'' is basically a combination of the Greek word "kefali", which means "head" - [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar think of the English meaning]] - and "ΞΘ", which is "69" in Greek numerals.)
** Rather improbably, ''The Land of Rape and Honey'' is actually the '''official motto''' of the city of Tisdale, Saskatchewan, referring to the town's significant production of rapeseed and honey. Al chose the title after seeing the motto on a souvenir mug and being amused at what how ''completely wrong'' it sounded.
* SelfDeprecation: The middle of [[http://lyrics.wikia.com/Revolting_Cocks:Linger_Ficken%27_Good Linger Fickin Good]]".
* SequelSong: "TV Song", a BSide to "Jesus Built My Hotrod", was followed by "TV II", "TV III", "WTV" and "Side [=Fx=] Include Mikey's Middle Finger (TV 4)" [[note]]That last one apparently renders one of the other "TV" songs non-canon - probably they're counting "TV Song" and "TV II" as the same thing, as one is just a re-recording of the other[[/note]]. It's something of a ThematicSeries - The songs all include SpokenWordInMusic samples from television, a lot of StopAndGo, and usually also lyrics about television spreading paranoia and consumerism delivered at {{Motormouth}} speed.
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: Revolting Cocks.
** Check the "Fix: The Ministry Movie" trailer on [=YouTube=]. That is all.
* {{Shrouded in My|th}}stery: The video for the unreleased song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGskkcIDdXg "Same Old Madness"]], an extremely rare song from 1982, predating the release of ''With Sympathy'' by one whole year. If it wasn't because the video appeared on Website/YouTube on 2006, the song and its video would've been largely forgotten by now. As a side note, it's the only video with the original line-up.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Chris Connelly's new band Cocksure to Revolting Cocks.
* {{Supergroup}}: Pigface.
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: They once performed a surprisingly faithful acoustic cover of "Friend Of The Devil" by Music/TheGratefulDead, as heard on the benefit album ''The Bridge School Concerts, Vol. 1'' - it's one of the few times Al Jourgensen can be heard singing gently outside of the early synth pop material.
* TakeThat:
** A lot towards GeorgeWBush, especially with ''Rio Grande Blood''.
** "N.W.O." (New World Order) is about "Papa Bush", according to Al.
** The "Jesus Built My Hotrod" single pointedly lists the radio edit of the title track as the [[LongTitle "Short, Pusillanimous, So-They-Can-Fit-More-Commercials-On-The-Radio Edit"]].
* ThrashMetal: From ''Houses of The Molé'' onwards.
* ToAbsentFriends: ''Dark Side of the Spoon'' was dedicated to the memory of former touring guitarist William Tucker, who committed suicide in 1999.
* UnreliableNarrator: Al in his own book, which opens with a paraphrase of the famous "if you remember TheSixties you probably weren't there" quote updated to TheNineties; likely played deliberately as it contains interviews with everyone around him during his life, including bandmates, his then-wife Angie, even his father, telling differing accounts of his childhood, tour stories, and his relationship with Paul Barker.
* VideoFullOfFilmClips: The video for "What About Us?" is basically an extended version of their cameo in ''Film/AIArtificialIntelligence'', wherein they appeared playing the song. Oddly, "What About Us?" wasn't even on the ''A.I.'' soundtrack album, so the video was really promoting the GreatestHitsAlbum ''Greatest Fits''.
* VocalDissonance: Ex-vocalist and keyboardist Chris Connelly was rail-thin and [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m08ylw94V41qjwxaio1_500.jpg almost effeminate in appearance]] with a baritone voice.
* VocalEvolution: Al initially used a FakeBrit accent; when ''The Land of Rape and Honey'' was recorded, he introduced his trademark and influential distorted screaming vocals.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Found in the "Just One Fix" video.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: Al's not exactly on the best of terms right now with the other members of the classic lineup, bar Mike Scaccia. It's gotten to the point where he's now denying that they ever were friends despite a ''lot'' of evidence to the contrary.
* WordSaladLyrics: To the point where it would be easier to list the lyrics of songs that don't fall into this trope.

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