Wow. Since the early days of Harmonix, I’ve always wanted these Ministry songs in our games. My dreams have finally come true!
My favorite memory of Ministry is their performance at Lollapalooza ’92. I'd been a big fan of them for years, and it was my first opportunity to see them live. As soon as Ministry came on, there was this electricity in the air, followed by...dirt: huge clumps of dirt and grass, just flying through the sky. My fellow concert-goers at the outdoor venue were freaking out, ripping up chunks of the ground, and throwing it in the air. It was a marvelous sight. And then the fires started. Part of the venue rapidly became fuel for several bonfires that sprouted up almost instantly after the band started. I don't think I'll ever forget that show.
“Stigmata” from The Land of Rape and Honey: From 1988, this album defined Ministry’s new aggressive sound. Al Jourgensen and co. swapped their synths for guitars, and the Ministry you now know and love was born. Enjoy the kick drum patterns in this one! (Ps. don’t stare too close at the abstract photo on the album cover...it took me years to figure out what it is...trust me...once you see it, you can’t un-see it!)
“Thieves” from A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste: This album basically never left my stereo in 1989. The title track “Thieves” still continues to blow me away today. “Uncle Al’s” now famous sampling of power tools, printers, and movies made me go out and buy a sampling keyboard, a distortion pedal, and an electric guitar that summer.
“Jesus Built My Hotrod” from the Psalm 69 album: I remember this was the first Ministry song I heard played on commercial radio. Featuring Gibby Haynes from the Butthole Surfers narrating as they take your brains on a acid-fueled joyride. I can’t wait to “sing” the vocals on this one.
Ok, time for me to go dig my Doc Martens out of my closet, and start screaming my head off. Thanks Al!
These tracks will be available on August 10 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii. Individual tracks will be $1.99 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and $2.00 on Wii. "Ministry Pack 02" will be available for $5.49 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
To discuss this DLC, visit the official discussion thread in the Rock Band forums.