Burning Inside (song)

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"Burning Inside"
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Single by Ministry
from the album The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste
B-side "Thieves"
ReleasedNovember 7, 1989
Format 12" vinyl
Genre Alternative metal [1]
Label Sire, Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s) Al Jourgensen, Paul Barker, Bill Rieflin, Chris Connelly
Producer(s) Hypo Luxa, Hermes Pan
Ministry singles chronology
"Burning Inside"
"Jesus Built My Hotrod"
Music video
“Burning Inside” on YouTube

"Burning Inside" is a song by American rock band Ministry. It was released as the sole single from the band's 1989 album The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste . The band Burning Inside named themselves after this song.

Ministry (band) American industrial metal band

Ministry is an American rock band founded in 1981 by Al Jourgensen in Chicago, Illinois. Originally a synth-pop outfit, Ministry's sound changed as they became one of the pioneers of industrial metal in the late 1980s. The band's lineup has frequently changed throughout its history, with the exception of Jourgensen who is the band's main producer, singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist. Notable musicians who have contributed to the band's studio or live activities include Paul Barker, Martin Atkins, Bill Rieflin, Chris Connelly, Nivek Ogre, Mike Scaccia, Rey Washam, Paul Raven, Tommy Victor, Roy Mayorga, John Bechdel, Jason Christopher, Tony Campos, Burton C. Bell and DJ Swamp.

<i>The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste</i> 1989 studio album by Ministry

The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste is the fourth studio album by American industrial metal band Ministry, released on November 14, 1989 by Sire Records. The music took a more hardcore, aggressively guitar-driven direction, with Jourgensen inspired by Stormtroopers of Death and Rigor Mortis to add thrash metal guitars to the album and subsequent Ministry releases. As with most of Ministry's work, the album's lyrics deal mainly with political corruption, cultural violence, environmental degradation, nuclear war, drug addiction, and insanity.

Burning Inside was an American death metal band formed by ex-members of various other groups. It was formed in 1995 by Steve Childers and Richard Christy. They soon added Jamie Prim. Michael Estes joined in 1996. In 2000, Burning Inside released their first album, The Eve of the Entities. In 2001, Burning Inside released their second album, Apparition. The band released their final self-titled album in September 2007, which was independently released through online music stores, as the band were no longer signed to any label.


The song is featured in the intro movie of the video game Scarface: The World Is Yours .

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Track listing

1."Burning Inside" (12" Remix)6:45
2."Thieves" (12" Remix)5:33
3."Smothered Hope" (Skinny Puppy cover; live with Nivek Ogre)5:00



A video for the song was released in late 1989 and became a hit on MTV's 120 Minutes . The video features the band's live show with the infamous steel fence used on the 1989-1990 tour and later a live version of the song featured on In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up . Also shown in the video are a chaotic audience, a few people on fire, and the band performing onstage.

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The singles cover appears to depict People's Liberation Army soldiers, with one individual holding Mao's red book.

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The song was covered in 2000 by the industrial metal band Static-X, featuring Burton C. Bell of Fear Factory. [2] [ citation needed ] The cover was featured on the soundtrack to The Crow: Salvation . [3]

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