The sole entry in the Festive Fifty by the industrial metal band Ministry, who hail from Chicago, was Jesus Built My Hotrod (FF 1992 #3). Co-authored by Gibby Hayes of the Butthole Surfers, this was a great success in the States mainly due to, firstly, their second-billed appearance at the Lollapalooza tour, and secondly the MTV-friendly video:
My Red Hot Car
This, naturally, did not harm sales of the subsequent LP, Psalm 69. The band had been together since 1981, starting as a synthpop duo comprising founder member Al Jourgensen and Stephen George. After many problems (legal and drug related), they are still together, recording and touring: but ostensibly, if Jourgensen has his way, this will not last forever (“It’s gonna be, like, 20 weeks of mayhem around the world and then we’re done…I kinda like the synchronicity of Dubya and Ministry riding off into the sunset hand in hand” [Blabbermouth.net, Aug. 2007]). Give the man half a cheer.