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#WaxTraxFriday - 7th September 2018

by Graham Needham (© 7th September 2018)

August 2018 Feature Poll Results:
Ministry = 130 votes
Laibach = 39 votes
Controlled Bleeding = 16 votes
Pankow = 14 votes
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Ministry - Wax Trax! singles

Ministry is basically the one man behemoth Al Jourgensen ably assisted over the years by many other people. Uncle Al (as he is fondly known by fans and many people alike) is one of Wax Trax's most beloved artists with a prolific recording history, but also somewhat of an enigma - that is, if you want to try and pigeon-hole/stick him in a particular genre. He's also created plenty more music outside of Ministry in many other related side projects and releases. To get a better understanding of his crazy life, you are highly recommended to read his auto-biography "Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen":

Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen book front cover image picture

Al Jourgensen

• Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen
Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen (German Edition) book front cover image picture

Al Jourgensen

• Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen
(German/Deutsch Edition)

His first foray into a serious band was joining Special Affect in 1979 which also included Frankie Nardiello aka Groovie Mann (who would go on to My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult fame - see our previous #WaxTraxFriday March 2018 articles). They soon disbanded and after a brief stint with the Carmichaels (who didn't release anything) he met up with Jim Nash and Danny Flesher who owned the Wax Trax! Records store in Chicago. They got him to play live guitar for a few Divine gigs before he busted out of that. Al, Jim and Danny traded music and band recommendations (Jim and Danny made the store a very artist friendly/melting pot of ideas), and as Al was working in the music department of a local college, he had access to equipment and so he was able to use a rhythm box and a reel-to-reel tape recorder at home to put together the song "I'm Falling". To say the rest is history is an understatement

Playing this track to Jim and Danny they instantly asked for more and so Al got a few friends together and formed the first official version of Ministry the band. They recorded "Cold Life". Jim and Danny wanted a third track so Al threw together an instrumental called "Primental". I'm Falling / Cold Life became the third ever Wax Trax! Records single and ultimately reached number 45 in the US dance charts! Situation Two released the single over in the UK with different versions in March 1982 and it sold like crazy in the UK and Europe. There were subsequently several repressings on Wax Trax! but all with different picture sleeves!

Ministry - COLDLIFE original UK 12" single

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This single attracted the attention of major labels and Arista managed to get Al to sign on the dotted line. The story of that infamous situation will be dealt with in a future #WaxTraxFriday article. Come back every Friday in September to find out more…

After the Arista craziness/debacle/fiasco/genius album* (*take your pick), Al returned back to the Wax Trax! Records stable trying to hone in on the sound that he really wanted to record and released three more awesome singles All Day, The Nature Of Love and Halloween (Remix), the middle release even gaining a very early Wax Trax! UK 12" vinyl edition!

Ministry - The Nature Of Love original UK 12" single

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With Ministry being so popular, Wax Trax! started to put together a box set of material and it was even given a catalogue number of WAX 019. However, Al was offered a suitcase full of cash by Sire Records to record an album - this was finally Al's opportunity to record the harsher sounding music that he wanted to (with a teeny-tiny amount of white powder, 40% proof and sexual services on the side), so he wholeheartedly embraced it and ultimately released the incredible Twitch album. But that's for another story/article…

Wax Trax! in the meantime could only gather up all his singles and release the Twelve Inch Singles 1981-1984 compilation on cassette/CD (originally USA only but later reissued as an expanded edition, including digitally, by Cleopatra in 2014).

Ministry - Twelve Inch Singles 1981-1984 original USA Wax Trax! CD album

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Over time, Uncle Al has been involved with many other side projects including:

I’m Falling / Cold Life

Ministry I’m Falling / Cold Life primary image
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Ministry

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All Day / Everyday (Is Halloween)

Ministry All Day / Everyday (Is Halloween) primary image
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Ministry

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The Nature Of Love

Ministry The Nature Of Love primary image
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Ministry

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Halloween (Remix)

Ministry Halloween (Remix) primary image
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Ministry

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Twelve Inch Singles 1981-1984

Ministry Twelve Inch Singles 1981-1984 primary image
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Ministry

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Products For "Ministry - I’m Falling / Cold Life"

COLDLIFE
7" single
United Kingdom flag iconSituation Two
SIT 17
March 1982view iconbuy icon
Ministry I’m Falling / Cold Life United Kingdom 12" single SIT 17T product image photo coverCOLDLIFE
12" single
United Kingdom flag iconSituation Two
SIT 17T
March 1982view iconbuy icon
Ministry I’m Falling / Cold Life American 12" single 110072X product image photo cover12" single {red envelope p/s}United States flag iconWax Trax!
110072X
1981view iconbuy icon
Ministry I’m Falling / Cold Life American 12" single 110072X product image photo cover12" single {white p/s}United States flag iconWax Trax!
110072X
1981view iconbuy icon
Ministry I’m Falling / Cold Life American 12" single WAX 003 product image photo coverCold Life
12" single
United States flag iconWax Trax!
WAX 003
1985view iconbuy icon
Cold Life
12" single [Promo]
United States flag iconWax Trax!
WAX 003
1985view iconbuy icon

Products For "Ministry - All Day / Everyday (Is Halloween)"

Everyday (Is Halloween) / All Day
12" single
Greece flag iconUnited Records
UR 13
1986view iconbuy icon
12" single {blue sleeve - with barcode}United States flag iconWax Trax!
WAX 007
unknownview iconbuy icon
12" single {yellow sleeve - with barcode}United States flag iconWax Trax!
WAX 007
unknownview iconbuy icon
12" single {blue sleeve - no barcode}United States flag iconWax Trax!
WAX 007
1984view iconbuy icon
12" single {green sleeve}United States flag iconWax Trax!
WAX 007
1984view iconbuy icon
12" single {red sleeve}United States flag iconWax Trax!
WAX 007
1984view iconbuy icon
12" single {yellow sleeve - no barcode}United States flag iconWax Trax!
WAX 007
1984view iconbuy icon
Cassette singleUnited States flag iconWax Trax!
WAXCS 007
1984view iconbuy icon

Products For "Ministry - The Nature Of Love"

Ministry The Nature Of Love United Kingdom 12" single WAXUK 009 product image photo cover12" singleUnited Kingdom flag iconWax Trax! UK
WAXUK 009
October 1985view iconbuy icon
12" single [Promo]United Kingdom flag iconWax Trax! UK
WAXUK 009
October 1985view iconbuy icon
Ministry The Nature Of Love American 12" single WAX 009 product image photo cover12" singleUnited States flag iconWax Trax!
WAX 009
1985view iconbuy icon
12" single [Promo]United States flag iconWax Trax!
WAX 009
1985view iconbuy icon

Products For "Ministry - Halloween (Remix)"

12" single {die-cut sleeve}United States flag iconWax Trax!
WAX 020
1986view iconbuy icon
Ministry Halloween (Remix) American 12" single WAX 020 product image photo cover12" single {full sleeve}United States flag iconWax Trax!
WAX 020
1986view iconbuy icon

Products For "Ministry - Twelve Inch Singles 1981-1984"

CDUnited States flag iconWax Trax!
TVT 7035-2
unknownview iconbuy icon
Ministry Twelve Inch Singles 1981-1984 American CD WAXCD 035/WAXCS 035 product image photo coverCD {inlay misprint}United States flag iconWax Trax!
WAXCD 035/WAXCS 035
1987view iconbuy icon
CD {inlay+CD misprint}United States flag iconWax Trax!
WAXCD 035/WAXCS 035
1987view iconbuy icon
CD {"Printed in Canada"}United States flag iconWax Trax!
TVT 7035-2
1993view iconbuy icon
Twelve Inch Singles - Expanded Edition
2xLP [Limited Edition]
United States flag iconCleopatra
CLP 1959-1
2 July 2015view iconbuy icon
Twelve Inch Singles - Expanded Edition
2xLP [Limited Edition - 1000 copies only] {with photo + tote bag}
United States flag iconCleopatra
CLP 1959-1
2 July 2015view iconbuy icon
Ministry Twelve Inch Singles 1981-1984 American Digital Album n/a product image photo coverDigital Album {MP3/AAC}United States flag iconCleopatra
no catalogue number
16 January 2014view iconbuy icon
Ministry Twelve Inch Singles 1981-1984 American Digital Album n/a product image photo coverTwelve Inch Singles - Expanded Edition
Digital Album {MP3/AAC}
United States flag iconCleopatra
no catalogue number
21 August 2014view iconbuy icon
Ministry Twelve Inch Singles 1981-1984 American Digital Album n/a product image photo coverTwelve Inch Singles - Expanded Edition
Digital Album {FLAC}
United States flag iconCleopatra
no catalogue number
2 July 2015view iconbuy icon
CassetteUnited States flag iconWax Trax!
WAXCS 035
1987view iconbuy icon
CassetteUnited States flag iconWax Trax!
TVT 7035-4
1993view iconbuy icon

BONUS

All of Ministry's Wax Trax! era material along with a lot of other previosuly unreleased, extraordinarily good stuff and related side projects (what more could you ask for?) was released by Cleopatra in 2015, initially as a limited edition physical super deluxe Trax! Box set for Record Store Day. Thankfully, now, you can still get the whole thing digitally, even in FLAC quality, at a ridiculously excellent price.

Revolting Cocks Ministry Trax! Box set front cover image picture

Ministry

• Trax! Box

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