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Ministry : Greatest Fits
'Mad' Al Jourgensen and crew with, er, 'hits' LP
And not even that dated, either. Things like 1988's 'Stigmata' still wire-wool scrub the synapses. With 13 tracks of fuzzy metal guitar, a drum machine on steroids, and Al Jourgensen's incomprehensible barking, there's little progression shown, but the cuts from '99's 'Dark Side Of The Spoon' still thunder with requisite force. It goes without saying that 'Jesus Built My Hotrod' remains totally ace, and that the only reason for their cover of 'Lay Lady Lay' to exist is to wind up Bob Dylan purists.
Like Nine Inch Nails, it's all a big ol' fuss about nothing - a more marketable version of the Skinny Puppies and Nitzer Ebbs who represent Ministry's immediate ancestry. But like disgustingly expensive disaster movies, it's all big dumb fun if you accept Al as the gently subversive figure of stinky jestery he is.
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