In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up

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In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up
Ministry-InCaseYouDidn'tFeelLikeShowingUp.jpg
Live album by
ReleasedSeptember 4, 1990
RecordedFebruary 22, 1990, Merrillville, Indiana at the Holiday Star Theatre [1]
Genre Industrial metal
Length39:47
Label
Producer
Ministry chronology
The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste
(1989)
In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up
(1990)
Psalm 69
(1992)
Alternative cover
Ministry - Live Necronomicon.jpg
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] .

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.

Sire Records is an American record label that is owned by Warner Music Group and distributed by Warner Bros. Records.

Warner Bros. Records American record label

Warner Bros. Records Inc. is an American record label owned by Warner Music Group and headquartered in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1958 as the recorded music division of the American film studio Warner Bros., and was one of a group of labels owned and operated by larger parent corporations for much of its existence. The sequence of companies that controlled Warner Bros. and its allied labels evolved through a convoluted series of corporate mergers and acquisitions from the early 1960s to the early 2000s. Over this period, Warner Bros. Records grew from a struggling minor player in the music industry to one of the top record labels in the world.

Contents

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [4]
Entertainment Weekly B [5]
MusicHound Rock Star full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [6]
Q Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [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

No.TitleLength
1."The Missing"3:35
2."Deity"3:38
3."So What"11:29
4."Burning Inside"6:23
5."Thieves"5:09
6."Stigmata"9:31

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.

Lard is an American hardcore punk/industrial band founded in 1988 as a side project by Jello Biafra, Al Jourgensen, Paul Barker, and Jeff Ward .. Over the years, several other members of Ministry played with Lard, namely Bill Rieflin, Mike Scaccia, and Rey Washam.

Jello Biafra American singer and activist

Eric Reed Boucher, better known by his professional name Jello Biafra, is the former lead singer and songwriter for the San Francisco punk rock band Dead Kennedys. He is a musician and spoken word artist.

Skinny Puppy band

Skinny Puppy is a Canadian industrial music group formed in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1982. The group is widely considered to be one of the founders of the electro-industrial genre. Initially envisioned as an experimental side project by cEvin Key while he was in the new wave band Images in Vogue, Skinny Puppy evolved into a full-time project with the addition of vocalist Nivek Ogre. Over the course of a dozen studio albums and many live tours, Key and Ogre have been the only constant members. Other members have included Dwayne Goettel (1986–1995), Dave "Rave" Ogilvie, Mark Walk (2003–present), and a number of guests, including Bill Leeb, Al Jourgensen (1989), and many others.

Disc 1

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
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

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Thieves"Jourgensen, Barker, Connelly5:09
2."Stigmata"Jourgensen9:52
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

Video

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.

Nazi salute gesture that was used as a greeting in Nazi Germany

The Nazi salute, or Hitler salute, or Sieg Heil salute, is a gesture that was used as a greeting in Nazi Germany. The salute is performed by extending the right arm from the neck into the air with a straightened hand. Usually, the person offering the salute would say "Heil Hitler!", "Heil, mein Führer!", or "Sieg Heil!". It was adopted in the 1930s by the Nazi Party to signal obedience to the party's leader, Adolf Hitler, and to glorify the German nation. The salute was mandatory for civilians but mostly optional for military personnel, who retained the traditional military salute until the failed assassination attempt on Hitler on 20 July 1944.

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