MINISTRY Mainman: 'We're Going Out With Dignity, Going Out With Class'

MINISTRY mainman Al Jourgensen recently spoke to about his decision to put the band to rest following the release of its latest CD, "The Last Sucker".

Why put MINISTRY on the slab after all these years? Well, Jourgensen doesn't think the Republicans stand a chance in the upcoming elections, and when there's a Democrat in power, "I think we suck," he admitted. But much more than that, he wanted out before he was dragged out.

"I hate bands that hang around like 10 years too long — they're like the drunk at a party you can't get rid of," he said. "I think we're on top of our game, and old George W.'s leaving office, so I just figured it was the perfect time for us to do that. I've got a million projects going on right now, and MINISTRY takes up a year and a half of your time whenever we release something. Within that time, I can probably do 10 different projects. We're going out with dignity, going out with class. Even if another Republican comes back, that's the whole point of having the label — we have other voices. I'm not going to be tempted if we get some other fascist in office."

But MINISTRY's true finale will come in April with the release of "Cover Up", a covers album. Jourgensen is releasing the set under a different moniker: MINISTRY AND THE CO-CONSPIRATORS. The disc will include guest appearances by STATIC-X's Wayne Static (on a rendition of THE BEATLES' "I Want You [She's So Heavy]"); CHEAP TRICK's Robin Zander (singing GOLDEN EARRING's "Radar Love"); FEAR FACTORY's Burton Bell (on THE ROLLING STONES' "Under My Thumb"); and Tommy Victor and MOUNTAIN guitarist Leslie West (on MOUNTAIN's "Mississippi Queen").

Still, that might not be the last album we see from MINISTRY.

"I'm sure there will be MINISTRY albums coming out over the next 20 years — you can't stop my old catalog from being repackaged and re-put-out. [Warner Bros. Records] own[s] it, so I'm sure they'll find some outtakes. If I die in a plane crash, then all hell breaks loose, and they'll have 15 albums come out in one year — rare stuff, bootlegs."

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