Filth Pig

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Filth Pig
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Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 30, 1996 (1996-01-30)
Label Warner Bros.
Ministry chronology
Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs
Filth Pig
Dark Side of the Spoon
Singles from Filth Pig
  1. "The Fall"
    Released: January 1996
  2. "Lay Lady Lay"
    Released: February 1996
  3. "Reload"
    Released: July 1996
  4. "Brick Windows"
    Released: January 1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [3]
NME 7/10 [4]
Christgau's Consumer Guide C [5]
Rolling Stone Star full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [7]
Spin 6/10 [8]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [9]
Cash Box favourable [10]

Filth Pig is the sixth studio album by American industrial metal band Ministry, released on January 30, 1996 by Warner Bros. Records. The title was allegedly derived from a statement made in the British Houses of Parliament, in which the band's leader Al Jourgensen was described as a "filthy pig" by MP Teddy Taylor for his onstage theatrics. [11]


Despite being the band's highest-charting album in the US, it was negatively received by reviewers, [12] [13] sharply divided the band's fanbase, and did not live up to the platinum-selling success of Psalm 69. [14] Despite poor sales, the album entered several charts, peaking at the highest positions Ministry has ever achieved. This would be the last Ministry album with Mike Scaccia on guitar until 2004's Houses of the Molé .


Filth Pig marked a major shift artistically for the band from the previous album. Jourgensen said everyone around him wanted him to continue making music similar to Psalm 69. However, he wanted to move away from using samples and focus on a slower, heavier sound. [15] Jourgensen rejected any songs that sounded like their previous work. [16]

"Everyone hated [Filth Pig]. They all wanted Psalm 70, and I gave them an electronic-free record full of gun-in-mouth dirges of nothing but pain. Aside from the cover art, the humour was gone. All that was left was misery. And I still had to tour the fucking thing - which went down in history as the interminable, intolerable, absolutely depraved Sphinctour ."

Al Jourgensen (2013) [17]

The 2001 live album Sphinctour was generally well received by critics. [18] [19]


The album cover depicts a young man holding an American flag with raw meat dripping on his head and a badge on his chest that reads, "Don't blame me."

Track listing

1."Reload" Al Jourgensen, Paul Barker 2:26
2."Filth Pig"Jourgensen, Barker6:20
3."Lava"Jourgensen, Barker6:30
4."Crumbs"Jourgensen, Barker, Mike Scaccia, Louis Svitek, Rey Washam 4:15
5."Useless"Jourgensen, Barker, William Rieflin, Scaccia5:55
6."Dead Guy"Jourgensen, Barker, Washam5:15
7."Game Show"Jourgensen, Barker, Scaccia, Svitek, Washam7:46
8."The Fall"Jourgensen, Michael Balch4:55
9."Lay Lady Lay" (Bob Dylan cover) Bob Dylan 5:44
10."Brick Windows"Jourgensen, Barker5:23
Total length:54:24



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Chart positions

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