These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Broken Base: Did they start to suck post-Psalm 69? Was it the Bush-era albums that did them in? Or have the changes been for the better? Considering that the band has changed so much over their history, you'll expect to see this trope in spades within their fanbase.
Al's older synthpop material has been getting more and more fans as of late (including the stuff before With Sympathy), much to Al's annoyance. Specially when said fans seem to have an extreme hatred for his later Industrial Metal shift.
Dork Age: Filth Pig and Dark Side of the Spoon are not held in high regard by most fans.
Fandom Rivalry: Sometimes pops up between Ministry and Nine Inch Nails. These fans forget that Jourgensen's friends with Trent Reznor and both have occasionally worked together.
Also applies to Big Black and Ministry, mostly due to Steve Albini's outspoken hatred of all things electronic. Also unfounded, as Steve Albini has worked with Jourgensen in Pigface, the well-known industrial metal supergroup.
There was also a rift between Sonic Youth and the band in the 90's, though it's seemed to died down, especially since both bands have worked together since.
Al's relationship with long-time collaborator, Paul Barker:
In interviews, Al frequently compared them to Kirk and Spock. And when asked about why Barker left the band in 2003, Al said:
As for Paul and me, it is the same thing as to when you are in a marriage for twenty years and come to a point when you have run out of new sexual positions. It was no fun any more.
Al and Paul particularly sound like a sitcom couple in Chris Connelly's memoir of his time in Ministry and related projects, with Al as the Bumbling Dad and Paul as his Closer to Earth spouse.
Fix: The Ministry Movie features such scenes as Al feeding Paul grapes and the two of them waltzing on a tour bus. They end their waltz with Al pulling Paul into a kiss.
It's rumored that Al's new wife might have been a factor in their parting. If nothing else, the timing is certainly suspect.
Al spends most of his autobiography claiming to have always hated Paul, but his wife disagrees saying that, "... Al loved Paul, y’know? When Al loves someone, he really loves them. So when Al says he hates Paul, he hates Paul now. But he didn’t hate him back then. They were bandmates and Al loved him," and that "Paul stuck a knife in Al's heart." Oooh, boy.
Al's relationship with Nivek Ogre, during the late 80s and early 90s. Photos like◊ these◊ say it all.
The "Just One Fix" music video. It's intercut with shots of what looks like some guy jerking off and ends with Al and the other members enticing two teenage boys to get into their car.
"So What" from The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste. Rather inevitable when it's about brawling and anal sex, though.
Anal fuck-fest, thrill olympics/ Savage scourge supply and sanctify.
Al has admitted to performing oral sex on his bandmates; discussed here, though detailed in his book.
What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Subverted many times. Al was a heroin user. Also, the reported story of the creation of "Jesus Built My Hotrod" was that the Butthole Surfers' Gibby Haynes accidentally wandered drunk into Ministry's studio one night, and they invited him to sit on the recording session.