Lard (band)

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Origin Chicago, Illinois, United States
Years active1988–2000 (on hiatus)
Labels Alternative Tentacles
Associated acts Dead Kennedys, Ministry
Website Lard
Members Jello Biafra
Al Jourgensen
Past members Paul Barker
Jeff Ward
Bill Rieflin
Mike Scaccia
Rey Washam

Lard is an American hardcore punk/industrial band founded in 1988 as a side project by Jello Biafra (vocals; formerly of Dead Kennedys), Al Jourgensen (guitar; also of Ministry), Paul Barker (bass; also of Ministry), and Jeff Ward (drums; once a Ministry touring member). [1] . Over the years, several other members of Ministry played with Lard, namely Bill Rieflin, Mike Scaccia, and Rey Washam.


Like most of Biafra's work, Lard's songs are angrily political (the War on Drugs is a particularly common theme) but often have a tinge of humor. [2]

Lard has not officially toured and has only performed live a handful of times, mostly around the San Francisco area (where Jello lives and operates his Alternative Tentacles record label). The band played during Ministry's 1988 tour and throughout their 1989-1990 dates, once in Chicago after wrapping the recording of The Last Temptation Of Reid, once at the conclusion of a Ministry concert in Los Angeles (March 24, 2003), and at the San Francisco (September 26, 2004), Portland (September 28, 2004) and Seattle (September 29, 2004) dates of Ministry's Evil Doer tour. Because its key members are active with other projects, it is unlikely that the band will tour.

According to a March 2009 interview with Jourgensen, he and Biafra are working on a new Lard album, which was to be recorded in Jourgensen's El Paso studio. [3] However, according to a January 2010 interview with Jello Biafra, he indicated that a new Lard album was unlikely, saying "Me and Al have talked about it for years, but we’ve never been able to nail down a time to try and put it together.". [4]


Compilation appearances

Release dateSongTitleLabel
1992"Drug Raid at 4am"The Bat Is Back - An Alternative Tentacles Records SamplerAlternative Tentacles
1994"Forkboy"Natural Born Killers: A Soundtrack for an Oliver Stone Film Nothing Records
Selections From Natural Born Killers: A Soundtrack for an Oliver Stone FilmNothing Records/Interscope Records
The Futility of a Well Ordered LifeAlternative Tentacles
1996Music from and Inspired by Natural Born Killers, an Oliver Stone FilmNothing Records/Interscope Records
1997"I Wanna Be a Drug-Sniffing Dog"Mind the Gap Volume 14Gonzo Circus
The Virus That Would Not Die!Alternative Tentacles
"Generation Execute"Rock Sound Volume 9Rock Sound
1998"The Power of Lard"The New, The Classic & The UnexploredVisions Magazine
The Record Shop - 30 Years of Rough Trade ShopsV2 Records, Inc.
2000"Ballad of Marshall Ledbetter"Movie MadnessRiffage Records


  1. Strong, Martin C (1999). The Great Alternative & Indie Discography. Canongate. ISBN   0-86241-913-1.
  2. McIver, Joel (2000). Extreme Metal. London: Omnibus Press. p. 102. ISBN   0711980403 via the Internet Archive.
  3. "Al Jourgensen: Sex-O Olympic-O". 12 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-12..