In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up

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In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up
Live album by
ReleasedSeptember 4, 1990
RecordedFebruary 22, 1990, Merrillville, Indiana at the Holiday Star Theatre [1]
Genre Industrial metal
Ministry chronology
The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste
In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up
Psalm 69
Alternative cover
2017 rerelease

In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up is the first live album by American rock band Ministry, released by Sire and Warner Bros. Records on September 4, 1990. On July 7, 2017, 14 tracks from the same show were released through the band's Bandcamp page under the title Live Necronomicon [2] .


Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic [3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music [4]
Entertainment Weekly B [5]
MusicHound Rock [6]
Q [7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide [8]
The Village Voice A– [9]
Spin Alternative Record Guide 8 / 10 [10]

In 2005, In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up was ranked number 328 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time. [11]

Track listing

1."The Missing"3:35
3."So What"11:29
4."Burning Inside"6:23

Live Necronomicon

This 2017 re-release features more songs including covers from side-projects & bands like Lard, a Jourgensen and Barker side project featuring Jello Biafra, and Skinny Puppy with their frontman Nivek Ogre on vocals. In addition, the songs that had already appeared on In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up (eg. The Missing) are presented raw and without any of the overdubbing present on the initial release.

Disc 1

1."Breathe" Al Jourgensen, Paul Barker, William Rieflin, Chris Connelly, Kevin Ogilvie 8:37
2."The Missing"Jourgensen3:37
3."The Deity"Jourgensen3:29
4."Man Should Surrender"Jourgensen, Barker, Rieflin, Ian MacKaye 3:54
5."No Bunny"Jourgensen, Barker, Rieflin, MacKaye, Eric Spicer6:15
6."Smothered Hope" (Skinny Puppy cover)Ogilvie, Kevin Crompton 5:11
7."So What"Jourgensen, Barker, Rieflin, Connelly11:19
8."Burning Inside"Jourgensen, Barker, Rieflin, Connelly6:38

Disc 2

1."Thieves"Jourgensen, Barker, Connelly5:09
3."Public Image" (Public Image Ltd cover) John Lydon, Keith Levene, Jah Wobble, Jim Walker 2:47
4."The Power of Lard"Jourgensen, Barker, Jeff Ward, Jello Biafra 8:11
5."Hellfudge"Jourgensen, Barker, Ward, Biafra7:03
6."The Land of Rape & Honey"Jourgensen, Barker5:36


A companion home video also exists, featuring the same tracks as the audio except it is bookended by two "bonus" songs and incorporates footage from two concerts, including the Merriville, Indiana concert and a December 1989 New Year's Eve concert in Chicago. According to Patty Marsh (Al Jourgensen's wife in this time), the band were annoyed at having to wear exactly the same clothing on both concert dates and the video was difficult to edit properly due to small differences in each. [12]

The beginning of the concert starts with a very textured dual drum jam then segues into "Breathe". After playing "Stigmata", Jello Biafra comes on stage and reads his own rendition of The Pledge of Allegiance. [13] After that, the band returns for an encore of "The Land of Rape and Honey." Biafra remains on stage giving an almost dadaist performance art routine, largely alternating between sucking his thumb and giving a Nazi salute.



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  4. Larkin, Colin, ed. (1998). "Ministry". Encyclopedia of Popular Music . 5 (3rd ed.). Muse UK Ltd. pp. 3692–3693. ISBN   1561592374 via the Internet Archive.
  5. Robbins, Ira (September 7, 1990). "In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up Review". Entertainment Weekly . Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  6. Christensen, Thor (1999). "Ministry". In Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel. MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide (loan required). Detroit: Visible Ink Press. p. 762. ISBN   978-1-57859-061-2 via the Internet Archive.
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  8. McLeod, Kembrew (November 2004). "Ministry". In Brackett, Nathan. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York: Simon & Schuster. p. 544. ISBN   0-7432-0169-8 via Google Books.
  9. Christgau, Robert (October 23, 1990). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice . Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  10. Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. New York: Vintage Books. pp. 250–251. ISBN   0-679-75574-8.
  11. [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 79. ISBN   3-89880-517-4.
  12. "Session with Patty Jourgensen". 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  13. "The Jello Biafra Pledge of Allegiance". Retrieved 2012-02-24.