The Last Sucker

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The Last Sucker
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 18, 2007 (2007-09-18)
RecordedMay 2007 at 13th Planet Studios, El Paso, Texas
Genre Industrial metal, thrash metal
Length55:58
Label 13th Planet
Producer Al Jourgensen, Dave Donnelly
Ministry chronology
Rio Grande Dub
(2007)
The Last Sucker
(2007)
Cover Up
(2008)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic 73/100 [1]
Review scores
SourceRating
About.com Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [2]
AbsolutePunk.net 87% [3]
Allmusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [4]
Blabbermouth.net 8/10 [5]
Los Angeles Times favorable [6]
Miami New Times favorable [7]
Pitchfork Media 6.9/10 [8]
PopMatters Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [9]
The Skinny Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [10]
Spin 6/10 [11]
Stylus B+ [12]

The Last Sucker is the eleventh studio album by industrial metal band Ministry, released in 2007 through 13th Planet Records. For three years until their reformation in 2011, it was the band's last studio album featuring new material.

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 industrial metal 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 vocalists Nivek Ogre, Chris Connelly and Burton C. Bell, guitarists Mike Scaccia and Tommy Victor, bassists Paul Barker, Paul Raven, Jason Christopher, Tony Campos and Paul D'Amour, drummers Bill Rieflin, Martin Atkins, Rey Washam and Roy Mayorga, keyboardist John Bechdel, and rappers/producers DJ Swamp and Arabian Prince.

13th Planet Records American record label

13th Planet Records is an American record label founded by Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen in October 2005. In addition to its function as an artist-run, artist-friendly independent label, 13th Planet encompasses several realms of the music industry including artist management, touring, music publishing as well as a full-scale rehearsal and recording studio.

Contents

The album is the 3rd and final part of the band's anti-George W. Bush trilogy, preceded by 2004's Houses of the Molé and 2006's Rio Grande Blood . [13]

George W. Bush 43rd president of the United States

George Walker Bush is an American politician and businessman who served as the 43rd president of the United States from 2001 to 2009. He had previously served as the 46th governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000.

<i>Houses of the Molé</i> 2004 studio album by Ministry

Houses of the Molé is the ninth studio album by American industrial metal band Ministry, released on June 21, 2004 by Sanctuary Records. It is noteworthy for being the first Ministry album not to feature bassist and longtime collaborator Paul Barker since Twitch (1986). It was also the first album to feature Mike Scaccia on guitar since 1996's Filth Pig.

<i>Rio Grande Blood</i> 2006 studio album by Ministry

Rio Grande Blood is the tenth studio album by American industrial metal band Ministry, released in 2006. It is their first release through 13th Planet and Megaforce Records.

Overview

Jourgensen told Billboard that he had "...other things to do. I just started a label (13th Planet Records), and I want to sign some bands and really build it up like I did with WaxTrax in the '80s, not just a vanity label. I think it's time, and I'll be leaving on the top of my game instead of hanging on too long and doing crappy Aerosmith and Rolling Stones albums thirty years later."

Wax Trax! Records is an American independent record label based in Chicago. It began as a record shop in Denver, Colorado, opened by life partners Jim Nash and Dannie Flesher, who sold the store in 1978 and moved to Chicago. In November of that year, they opened a store under the same name in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. During the 1980s and 1990s, the accompanying record label became a presence on the new wave and punk rock scenes in the city, and an outlet for European bands. The label was purchased in 1992 by TVT Records and was discontinued in 2001. In 2014, it was re-established by Julia Nash, daughter of co-founder Jim Nash.

Aerosmith American rock band

Aerosmith is an American rock band formed in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1970. The group consists of Steven Tyler, Joe Perry (guitar), Tom Hamilton (bass), Joey Kramer (drums), and Brad Whitford (guitar). Their style, which is rooted in blues-based hard rock, has come to also incorporate elements of pop rock, heavy metal, and rhythm and blues, and has inspired many subsequent rock artists. They are sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band".

"That seems to be my muse; everyone seems to think I write real shitty music when a Democrat's in office. So we'll do that one, and then me and George (W.) Bush go riding off hand-in-hand, into the sunset."

Democratic Party (United States) Major political party in the United States

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Fear Factory frontman Burton C. Bell recorded some guest vocals for the album. [14]

Fear Factory American metal band

Fear Factory is an American heavy metal band that was formed in 1989. Throughout the band's career, they have released nine full-length albums and have evolved through a succession of styles, including nu metal, death metal, groove metal, and thrash metal. Fear Factory was enormously influential on the heavy metal scene in the mid-to-late 1990s.

Burton C. Bell American singer

Burton Christopher Bell is an American musician and vocalist. Bell is best known as co-founder and frontman of the metal band Fear Factory. His singing style mixes clean and shouted vocals with death growls.

On July 17, 2007, a promotional copy of the album was leaked on the internet. A week earlier lyrics and full credits for the album were released by SureShotWorx on their official website.

A Best Buy exclusive version of the CD contains remixes of "Watch Yourself" and "The Last Sucker."

The final track, "End of Days Part Two", contains a lengthy sample from 34th President of the United States Dwight Eisenhower's farewell address, warning about the dangers of the "military-industrial complex". [7] The end of the song also features a quiet sample of "O Fortuna" in the background. The same music was sampled at the beginning of the first album in the Bush Trilogy, Houses of the Molé .

President of the United States Head of state and of government of the United States

The president of the United States (POTUS) is the head of state and head of government of the United States of America. The president directs the executive branch of the federal government and is the commander-in-chief of the United States Armed Forces.

Eisenhowers farewell address

Eisenhower's farewell address was the final public speech of Dwight D. Eisenhower as the 34th President of the United States, delivered in a television broadcast on January 17, 1961. Perhaps best known for advocating that the nation guard against the potential influence of the military–industrial complex, a term he is credited with coining, the speech also expressed concerns about planning for the future and the dangers of massive spending, especially deficit spending, the prospect of the domination of science through Federal funding and, conversely, the domination of science-based public policy by what he called a "scientific-technological elite". This speech and Eisenhower's Chance for Peace speech have been called the "bookends" of his administration.

In an interview with Songfacts from 2012, Jourgensen reflected on the political aspect of the album:

By the end of Last Sucker, I actually felt guilty and bad about bashing Bush. In Rio Grande Blood , I was all into it: this guy's evil. But by the end of Last Sucker, I was just like, this guy is in over his head. The oligarchy rules, and this guy plays with crayons and reads My Pet Goat . I mean, he's a blithering idiot. I protested him here in El Paso one time. I got within 10 feet of him. I can't believe the Secret Service let me get that close. And he was at a taco stand, like, "I'll take one of them there enchiritos." Well, there was no enchirito on the menu, and I don't even know what an enchirito is. But George W. was insistent, so they made him an enchirito, and I got to witness the whole thing and I started feeling sorry for him. What a dolt, man. This guy is so stupid, he can't be running the country. Cheney and the oligarchy is running the country. This guy just plays with Tonka trucks and orders enchiritos. I actually felt sorry for him. [15]

Cover art

The limited edition digipack has an image of George W. Bush's face that morphs into a lizard creature's face and back when turned. The image is on a card that can be removed from the digipack.

The inner cover art contains a parody of Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper , with Jourgensen in the center of the table and figures from the Bush administration around him; Bush himself is drawn in Philip the Apostle's place.

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Let's Go" Al Jourgensen, Sin Quirin 4:53
2."Watch Yourself"Jourgensen, Paul Raven 5:29
3."Life Is Good"Jourgensen, Quirin4:15
4."The Dick Song"Jourgensen, Quirin5:50
5."The Last Sucker"Jourgensen, Tommy Victor 5:59
6."No Glory"Jourgensen, Victor3:42
7."Death & Destruction"Jourgensen, Quirin3:31
8."Roadhouse Blues" (Originally performed by The Doors) Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger, John Densmore, Ray Manzarek 4:26
9."Die in a Crash"Jourgensen, Victor, Burton C. Bell 4:03
10."End of Days (Pt. 1)"Jourgensen, Victor, Raven, Bell3:22
11."End of Days (Pt. 2)"Jourgensen, Victor, Raven, Bell10:25
Total length:55:58
Best Buy/Deluxe edition bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
23."Watch Yourself (The End Is Here)"4:30
69."The Last Sucker" (Remix)3:44
Miscellaneous bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
12."Die in a Crash" (Remix, iTunes exclusive)5:22
13."No Glory" (Remix, Napster only download)4:49
14."Death & Destruction" (Remix, Japan bonus trac)5:09

Personnel

Ministry

Additional personnel

Chart positions

Chart (2007)Peak
position
German Albums Chart [17] 95
The Billboard 200 [18] 130
Hard Rock Albums [18] 17
Independent Albums [18] 15

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