I Wanted to Tell Her

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"I Wanted to Tell Her"
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Single by Ministry and Shay Jones
from the album With Sympathy
B-side "I Wanted to Tell Her" (remix)
Format Vinyl, Maxi single, 45rpm
RecordedLate 1982 at Syncro Sound Studios, Boston
Genre New wave
Label Arista, BMG
Songwriter(s) Alain Jourgensen, Shay Jones [1]
Producer(s) Vince Ely, Ian Taylor
Ministry singles chronology
"I'm Falling"
"I Wanted to Tell Her"
"Work for Love"

"I Wanted to Tell Her" is a single by American band Ministry. The song was released as the lead single from their debut album, With Sympathy .

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.

A lead single is the first single to be released from a studio album, by a musician or a band, usually before the album itself is released.

<i>With Sympathy</i> 1983 studio album by Ministry

With Sympathy is the debut studio album by American rock band Ministry, released on February 10, 1983 by Arista Records. The group was formed in 1981 by lead singer and multi-instrumentalist Al Jourgensen, with drummer Stephen George being the most notable member of its initial lineup.



"I Wanted to Tell Her" is one of the most popular songs from With Sympathy, charting on both the US Dance and NZ charts. The song was picked as an AllMusic reviewer's pick. [1]

AllMusic Online music database

AllMusic is an online music database. It catalogs more than 3 million album entries and 30 million tracks, as well as information on musical artists and bands. It launched in 1991, predating the World Wide Web.

Track listing

7" Vinyl (US)
  1. "I Wanted to Tell Her" (edit) 3:55
  2. "A Walk In the Park" 4:58
7" Vinyl (US promo)
  1. "I Wanted to Tell Her" (edit) 3:55
  2. "I Wanted to Tell Her" (mono) 3:55
12" Maxi-single (US)
  1. "I Wanted to Tell Her" (remix) 6:57
  2. "I Wanted to Tell Her" (dub) 4:45
  3. "Effigy" 3:51
  4. "Revenge" 3:48
7" Vinyl (UK)
  1. "I Wanted to Tell Her" (remix edit) 3:57
  2. "I Wanted to Tell Her" (Tongue-Tied remix) 4:45
12" Vinyl (EU)
  1. "I Wanted to Tell Her" (remix) 6:57
  2. "I Wanted to Tell Her" (Tongue-Tied remix) 4:45
12" Maxi-single (EU)
  1. "I Wanted to Tell Her" (remix) 6:57
  2. "I Wanted to Tell Her" (Tongue-Tied remix) 4:45
  3. "A Walk In the Park" 4:58

NOTE: Although not listed as such on the sleeves, all 12" versions (as well as the UK 7") use an alternate performance of the song that differs from the one on With Sympathy. The Tongue-Tied Mix and Dub version are the same. [2]


The song was covered in 2011 by electronic duo Holy Ghost!. [3]

Electronic music is music that employs electronic musical instruments, digital instruments and circuitry-based music technology. In general, a distinction can be made between sound produced using electromechanical means, and that produced using electronics only. Electromechanical instruments include mechanical elements, such as strings, hammers, and so on, and electric elements, such as magnetic pickups, power amplifiers and loudspeakers. Examples of electromechanical sound producing devices include the telharmonium, Hammond organ, and the electric guitar, which are typically made loud enough for performers and audiences to hear with an instrument amplifier and speaker cabinet. Pure electronic instruments do not have vibrating strings, hammers, or other sound-producing mechanisms. Devices such as the theremin, synthesizer, and computer can produce electronic sounds.

Holy Ghost! American synthpop band

Holy Ghost! is an American synthpop duo from Brooklyn, New York City, consisting of Nick Millhiser and Alex Frankel.


Song (1983) US

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Al Jourgensen musician

Allen David Jourgensen is a Cuban-American singer-songwriter, musician and music producer. Closely related with 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. He has also 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.

Stephen 'Stevo' George is a former drummer and one of the founding members of the American industrial rock band Ministry. George performed on the band's earliest recordings, including their early singles for the Wax Trax! record label, and their debut album, With Sympathy, released in 1983. He was the drummer for the short-lived pop band Colortone. Since then, George has become a successful producer and mixer, working with many pop artists who have sold gold and platinum records.

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