Thieves (Ministry song)

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"Thieves"
Song by Ministry
from the album The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste
Recorded1989
Studio Chicago Trax Studios
Genre Industrial metal [1]
Length5:02
Label
Songwriter(s) [nb 1]
Producer(s)
  • Hypo Luxa
  • Hermes Pan

"Thieves" is a song by American industrial metal band Ministry. It was released as the opening track from the band's fourth studio album, The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste (1989), [4] as well as the B-side from its single, "Burning Inside". [5] The song's lyrics deal mainly with political corruption. The song includes dialogue samples from R. Lee Ermey's drill instructor character in Full Metal Jacket . Ministry's version was featured in the 1992 science fiction film Freejack , also in the 2009 video game Brütal Legend .

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.

<i>The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste</i> album by Ministry

The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste is the fourth studio album by American industrial metal band Ministry, released on November 14, 1989 by Sire Records. The music took a more hardcore, aggressively guitar-driven direction, with Jourgensen inspired by Stormtroopers of Death and Rigor Mortis to add thrash metal guitars to the album and subsequent Ministry releases. As with most of Ministry's work, the album's lyrics deal mainly with political corruption, cultural violence, environmental degradation, nuclear war, drug addiction, and insanity.

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Overview

The song is based on a harmonic stasis. It features the extensive use of E minor chord. 118 out of 138 measures of the song are based on the same E minor chord, while the rest are F minor chords. Al Jourgensen sings only the G note, while the song "shifts gears rhythmically" through its sections and quadruples its tempo. [6]

E minor tonality

E minor is a minor scale based on E, consisting of the pitches E, F, G, A, B, C, and D. Its key signature has one sharp. Its relative major is G major and its parallel major is E major.

Chord (music) harmonic set of three or more notes

A chord, in music, is any harmonic set of pitches consisting of two or more notes that are heard as if sounding simultaneously.

Sol, so, or G is the fifth note of the fixed-do solfège starting on C. As such it is the dominant, a perfect fifth above C or perfect fourth below C.

Tom Moon, the author of 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die , wrote, "At the two minute mark of "Thieves" and several times later in the song, Ministry's pulse is bolstered by what sounds like a whirring pneumatic drill. It's not a gimmick—it almost functions as a solo guitar, adding punctuation." [7]

<i>1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die</i> book by Thomas Moone

1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die is a musical reference book written by Tom Moon, published in 2008.

Personnel

Ministry

Al Jourgensen musician

Allen David Jourgensen is a Cuban-American singer-songwriter, musician and music producer. Closely related with scene surrounding the independent record label Wax Trax! Records, Jourgensen has an active musical career that spans four decades, and is best known as the frontman of the industrial rock band Ministry, which he founded in 1981 and of which he remains the only constant member. He was also primary musician of several Ministry-related projects, such as Revolting Cocks, Lard, Buck Satan and the 666 Shooters, and others. Aside from the aforementioned bands, he has produced and/or recorded with numerous other artists, including The Reverend Horton Heat, Prong, Skinny Puppy, Front Line Assembly, The Blackouts, Alan Vega, Iggy Pop, Adrian Sherwood, Jello Biafra and others. Jourgensen is regarded as being one of the most prominent figures of industrial music,</ref> influencing numerous other groups and musicians, both in alternative and industrial-associated acts.

Singing act of producing musical sounds with the voice

Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice and augments regular speech by the use of sustained tonality, rhythm, and a variety of vocal techniques. A person who sings is called a singer or vocalist. Singers perform music that can be sung with or without accompaniment by musical instruments. Singing is often done in an ensemble of musicians, such as a choir of singers or a band of instrumentalists. Singers may perform as soloists or accompanied by anything from a single instrument up to a symphony orchestra or big band. Different singing styles include art music such as opera and Chinese opera, Indian music and religious music styles such as gospel, traditional music styles, world music, jazz, blues, gazal and popular music styles such as pop, rock, electronic dance music and filmi.

Electric guitar electrified guitar; fretted stringed instrument with a neck and body that uses a pickup to convert the vibration of its strings into electrical signals

An electric guitar is a guitar that uses one or more pickups to convert the vibration of its strings into electrical signals. The vibration occurs when a guitar player strums, plucks, fingerpicks, slaps or taps the strings. The pickup generally uses electromagnetic induction to create this signal, which being relatively weak is fed into a guitar amplifier before being sent to the speaker(s), which converts it into audible sound.

Additional personnel

Drum kit collection of drums and other percussion instruments

A drum kit — also called a drum set, trap set, or simply drums — is a collection of drums and other percussion instruments, typically cymbals, which are set up on stands to be played by a single player, with drumsticks held in both hands, and the feet operating pedals that control the hi-hat cymbal and the beater for the bass drum. A drum kit consists of a mix of drums and idiophones – most significantly cymbals, but can also include the woodblock and cowbell. In the 2000s, some kits also include electronic instruments. Also, both hybrid and entirely electronic kits are used.

Limp Bizkit cover

"Thieves"
Limpbizkitthieves.jpg
Single by Limp Bizkit
ReleasedNovember 1, 2013 (2013-11-01)
Format Digital download
Recorded2012–2013
Length5:31
Label Cash Money
Songwriter(s)
  • Al Jourgensen
  • Paul Barker
  • Chris Connelly
  • Nivek Ogre
Limp Bizkit singles chronology
"Ready to Go"
(2013)
"Thieves"
(2013)
"Endless Slaughter"
(2014)

American rap rock band Limp Bizkit covered parts of this song during Woodstock 99 [8] as well as releasing their cover version of "Thieves" as a single via Twitter on November 1, 2013 for free download. [9] [10] Limp Bizkit performed it throughout many of the band's live sets since 1997, but the band did not release a studio version until 2013. [11] Limp Bizkit's version does not include the samples that are on Ministry's version.

Rap rock is a fusion genre that fuses vocal and instrumental elements of hip hop with various forms of rock. Rap rock's most popular subgenres include rap metal and rapcore, which include heavy metal- and hardcore punk-oriented influences, respectively.

Limp Bizkit American nu-metal band

Limp Bizkit is an American rap rock band from Jacksonville, Florida. Their lineup consists of Fred Durst, Sam Rivers, John Otto, DJ Lethal (turntables), and Wes Borland. Their music is marked by Durst's angry vocal delivery and Borland's sonic experimentation. Borland's elaborate visual appearance, which includes face and body paint, masks and uniforms, also plays a large role in the band's live shows. The band has been nominated for three Grammy Awards, have sold 40 million records worldwide and won several other awards.

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Axl Rosenberg of MetalSucks criticized the cover, stating that the band "butchered" the song. [12]

Personnel

Limp Bizkit

Footnotes

  1. Nivek Ogre was credited by his legal name, Kevin Ogilvie, in the liner notes of The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste. [2] In the liner notes of an audio version of the live album In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up , Bill Rieflin was credited as a co-writer, instead of Ogre. [3]

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References

  1. Greg Prato. "Twitched - Ministry". AllMusic . All Media Network . Retrieved November 4, 2017. While nothing here is exactly on par with such industrial metal classics as 'Stigmata' or 'Thieves,' you can certainly see that the seeds for future triumphs are planted on the album-opening 'Just Like You' and the Nine Inch Nails-esque 'We Believe.'
  2. "Track listing". The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste (CD booklet). Ministry. Sire Records. 1989. 9 26004-2.
  3. "Track listing". In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up (CD booklet). Ministry. Sire Records. 1990. 9 26266-2.
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