Soon I discovered that this rock thing was true
Jerry Lee Lewis was the devil
Jesus was an architect previous to his career as a prophet
All of a sudden, I found myself in love with the world
So there was only one thing that I could do
Was ding a ding dang my dang a long ling long
Oh yes, time for a blast from my favourite purveyors of refined good taste and decorum. Ministry Jesus Built My Hotrod is just about as good as loud music gets and one of the best 12″s I have ever bought, probably one of the best 12″s anyone has ever bought.
Just in case anyone was worried about not having quite enough hyperactive gonzo freako sleazoids in the studio during the recording they roped in Butthole Surfers mainman Gibby Haynes, got him drunk and let him go. The result just proves that gibberish is very close to genius. You don’t need in-depth analysis here, just blast the thing and luxuriate in the manic craziness and dig the samples from Blue Velvet and Wise Blood (‘no man with a good car needs to be justified’).
B-side is the wonderfully titled ‘Jesus Built My Hotrod (Short, pusillanimous, so-they-can-fit-more-commercials-on-the-radio Mix)’, which loses some of the atmosphere and also the slightly boring bit at the end of the main 8-minute ‘Redline/Whiteline Version’. the other track is a good one too, ‘TV Song’ (later revamped as ‘TV II’ on Psalm 69*) which is more of a straight-ahead rock version of the tune and the most, umm, un-industrial I’ve heard from Ministry.
But enough me. Just blast it! Blast it! It’ll clean out the space behind your eyes.
*God I love that LP!