Keys to the City (song)

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"Keys to the City"
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Single by Ministry & Co Conspirators
Released 5 March 2008
Format Digital download
Recorded 2007
Length4:22
Label 13th Planet
Songwriter(s) Al Jourgensen
Joshua Bradford
Paul Raven
Producer(s) Hypo Luxa
Ministry & Co Conspirators singles chronology
"Let's Go"
(2007)
"Keys to the City"
(2008)
"Thunderstruck"
(2010)

"Let's Go"
(2007)
"Keys to the City"
(2008)
"Thunderstruck"
(2010)

"Keys to the City" is a song from American industrial metal band Ministry, in collaboration with "Co-Conspirators", as a gift for the Chicago Blackhawks ice hockey team. The song was written by Al Jourgensen (Ministry, Revolting Cocks), Joshua Bradford (Revolting Cocks) and Paul Raven (Killing Joke, Ministry).

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.

Chicago Blackhawks hockey team of the National Hockey League

The Chicago Blackhawks are a professional ice hockey team based in Chicago, Illinois. They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). They have won six Stanley Cup championships since their founding in 1926. The Blackhawks are one of the "Original Six" NHL teams along with the Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers. Since 1994, the club's home rink is the United Center, which they share with the National Basketball Association's Chicago Bulls. The club had previously played for 65 years at Chicago Stadium.

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History

The song was written in late 2007 and was presented as a gift to the Chicago Blackhawks ice hockey team and the Wirtz Family, owners of the Chicago Blackhawks, in December 2007. In late February 2008, the song was embraced by the Chicago Blackhawks as a companion song to "Here Come the Hawks," the Blackhawks' official theme song.

The song is available as a download from iTunes as of March 5, 2008—proceeds benefit the Blackhawks Charities. Jourgensen traveled to Chicago to celebrate the song's release, participated in media interviews, and was honored at the March 5, 2008 home game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Anaheim Ducks. The song was Ministry's final release before Jourgensen retired the band in May 2008 (although the band reformed in August 2011).

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The song was remixed by Revolting Cocks and featured in the band's 2009 release Sex-O Olympic-O as "Keys to the City (Vegas Mix)". [1] "Keys to the City" was then included in the soundtrack of the ice hockey video game NHL 10 , published by EA Sports—the game was released on September 15, 2009 and featured Patrick Kane, the Blackhawks star forward, on its cover art. [2]

Revolting Cocks band

Revolting Cocks, also known as RevCo, are an American–Belgian industrial rock band and, sometimes, supergroup that began as a musical side-project for Richard 23 of Front 242, Luc van Acker, and Al Jourgensen of Ministry.

<i>Sex-O Olympic-O</i> 2009 studio album by Revolting Cocks

Sex-O Olympic-O is the fifth album by the Revolting Cocks, released on March 3, 2009 through 13th Planet Records. The song "Wizard of Sextown" is featured in the horror film Saw V.

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Track listing

No.TitleLength
1."Keys to the City"4:22

Personnel

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