Dark Side of the Spoon

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Dark Side of the Spoon
Ministry Dark Side Of The Spoon.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 8, 1999 (1999-06-08)
Recorded1998–99
Genre
Length57:08
Label Warner Bros.
Producer
Ministry chronology
Filth Pig
(1996)
Dark Side of the Spoon
(1999)
Greatest Fits
(2001)
Singles from Dark Side of the Spoon
  1. "Supermanic Soul"
    Released: 1999
  2. "Bad Blood"
    Released: September 17, 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [2]
Entertainment Weekly C+ [3]
NME 6/10 [4]
Q Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [5]
Rolling Stone Star full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [6]
Spin 6/10 [7]

Dark Side of the Spoon is the seventh studio album by American industrial metal band Ministry, released on June 8, 1999 by Warner Bros. Records. "Bad Blood" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 2000. [8]

Industrial metal is the fusion of heavy metal music and industrial music, typically employing repeating metal guitar riffs, sampling, synthesizer or sequencer lines, and distorted vocals. Prominent industrial metal acts include Ministry, Godflesh, KMFDM and Nine Inch Nails.

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.

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Background

Dark Side of the Spoon features less aggressive songs than Ministry's previous albums, and frontman Al Jourgensen had intended it to be the case. He wanted to branch out from the "drug-infused" records of The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste and Psalm 69 to more "unfamiliar territory."

Al Jourgensen musician

Allen David Jourgensen is a Cuban-American singer-songwriter, musician and music producer. Closely related with scene surrounding the independent record label Wax Trax! Records, Jourgensen has an active musical career that spans four decades, and is best known as the frontman of the industrial rock band Ministry, which he founded in 1981 and of which he remains the only constant member. He was also primary musician of several Ministry-related projects, such as Revolting Cocks, Lard, Buck Satan and the 666 Shooters, and others. Aside from the aforementioned bands, he has produced and/or recorded with numerous other artists, including The Reverend Horton Heat, Prong, Skinny Puppy, Front Line Assembly, The Blackouts, Alan Vega, Iggy Pop, Adrian Sherwood, Jello Biafra and others. Jourgensen is regarded as being one of the most prominent figures of industrial music,</ref> influencing numerous other groups and musicians, both in alternative and industrial-associated acts.

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In his autobiography, Jourgensen confirmed that the title has two meanings: one of which is a play on words referencing Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon and the other is the blackened (or dark side) of a spoon heated to dissolve heroin, as several members of the band suffered from long-term addiction to said substance at the time.

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Packaging controversy

The album's cover, which features a nude, obese woman sitting in front of a black board with "I will be god" written repeatedly on it; gained controversy and resulted in the album being pulled from Kmart. [10] [11]

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Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Supermanic Soul"Jourgensen, Barker, Svitek, Washam, Hukic3:13
2."Whip and Chain"Jourgensen, Barker, Coon, Svitek4:23
3."Bad Blood"Jourgensen, Barker, Coon, Washam4:59
4."Eureka Pile"Jourgensen, Barker, Svitek, Washam6:22
5."Step"Jourgensen, Barker, Washam4:06
6."Nursing Home"Jourgensen, Barker, Washam7:02
7."Kaif"Jourgensen, Barker, Svitek, Washam5:25
8."Vex & Siolence"Jourgensen, Barker, Svitek, Washam, Hukic5:24
9."10/10"Jourgensen, Barker, Svitek, Washam3:53
68."Everybody (Summertime)" (hidden track) 1:55

Hidden tracks

After the end of track 9, tracks of silence begin. There are 58 silent tracks on the album, totaling 10:26

No.TitleLength
10."Track 10"2:00
11."Track 11"3:00
12."Track 12"1:10
13."Track 13"0:13
14."Track 14"0:23

Tracks 15 - 67 are all approximately 4 seconds in length.

"Everybody" is track 68 (track 69 on the Japanese edition). Houses of the Molé , another Ministry album, features a hidden track called "Walrus" which is also track 69. According to BMI, track 68 is called "Summertime". Allmusic and the official website of the band refers to this track as "Everybody". ITunes lists this track as "Dialogue".

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Personnel

Ministry

Additional personnel

Chart positions

Chart (1999)Peak
position
The Billboard 200 [12] 92
German Albums Chart [13] 57
Swedish Albums Chart [14] 51
UK Albums Chart [15] 85

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