N.W.O. (song)

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"N.W.O."
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Single by Ministry
from the album Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs
ReleasedJuly 1992
Recorded1991
Genre Industrial metal [1]
Length5:31
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Hypo Luxa
  • Hermes Pan
Ministry singles chronology
"Jesus Built My Hotrod"
(1991)
"N.W.O."
(1992)
"Just One Fix"
(1993)
Music video
“N.W.O.” on Vimeo

"N.W.O." (New World Order) is a song by American rock band Ministry, released as the opening track and second single from their fifth studio album, Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs (1992). An industrial metal song, it was co-written and co-produced by the band’s frontman Al Jourgensen and bassist Paul Barker, and is widely regarded as a protest against then-President George H. W. Bush, featuring samples from his speeches. [2] The song was nominated for a Grammy Award under the Best Metal Performance category in 1993, [3] and was featured in the soundtrack album of Ralph Bakshi’s 1992 film Cool World . [4] In 1994, the song was used in a Spin Magazine commercial which featured Jourgensen, among others. [5] In 2015, "N.W.O." was ranked #10 in the VH1 "Top 10 Hardest Hitting Heavy Metal Political Anthems" list. [6]

Contents

The promotional single, featuring two mixes of "N.W.O." and a non-album instrumental track "Fucked", has been released around the same time with its parent album, [7] and topped out on the Billboard Modern Rock chart at no. 11. [8]

The music video for “N.W.O.” was directed by Peter Christopherson. The majority of the video is a mix of police beatings, riots, and gunfights. It also includes a scene in which a woman dressed as the Statue of Liberty is beaten by police in a manner similar to the famous amateur video of Rodney King being beaten by police. [9] [10] The video was featured on Beavis and Butt-Head along with another track from Psalm 69, "Just One Fix".

The song was featured in the video game Need for Speed: The Run . [11]

Samples

Samples from Apocalypse Now are included in this track: Dennis Hopper's character exclaiming "It's alright!" as the patrol boat is approaching the colonel's fort, as well as the siren that was used during the scene. There is also a loop of the guitar solo coming from a transistor radio in the grenade launcher's bunker.

Footage from the music video of the Octopus is from the Japanese film Space Amoeba . Footage of the turtle is from the film franchise Gamera .

Track listing

No.TitleCreditLength
1."N.W.O." (Album Edit)4:40
2."Fucked"
5:06
3."N.W.O." (Extended Dance mix) 8:11

Personnel

Credits adapted from the liner notes of the “N.W.O.” single, Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs and Greatest Fits. [12]

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