The other day I met Al Jourgensen, lead singer of the epic Industrial metal band Ministry. Al’s career in music spans over 30 years! Before Ministry turned goth, they were a new wave dance band and their first album “With Sympathy” is a 180 degree turn from the musical direction the band would take. Al has publicly condemned this record many times over the years, but do you think that stopped me from trying to get the album signed? I have no fear and when I asked Al to sign the album, he knocked it out of my hand to the ground and said “I don’t sign that shit! I can’t believe you have that garbage!” I told him that I thought it was a great record and he was less than amused. He was totally cool though and posed for a photo with me and I walked off into the sun-baked day singing “Jesus Built My Hotrod.” Thanks Al!
I discovered Ministry’s dance classic “I Wanted to Tell Her” way after the fact and I think if I would have known the song when it was new in 1982, it would have changed my world view! I can’t get enough of the song. I’ve heard that Al Jourgensen has disowned the song and album “With Sympathy,” which is a pity because that album contains some amazing and groundbreaking dance music. Knowing the complete 180 that Ministry would make in their sound, it’s even more interesting to see their transformation. I digress. I’ve been hoping someone would bring this song back to the spotlight where it belongs because it’s such an underrated classic. Great news! Holy Ghost! has covered the song! Even better, they are collaborating with Nancy Whang (of LCD Soundsystem) and Juan Maclean (of The Juan Maclean). For a limited time, download an mp3 of Holy Ghost!’s take on “I Wanted To Tell Her.”