The difference between Ministry and other bands is that we sold out before we even started. Alain Jourgensen (7 October 1958, Havana, Cuba) began producing music under the Ministry name in the early 80s in Chicago, but was unhappy with the Euro-pop direction in which his record company (Arista Records) pushed him for 1983s With Sympathy, later describing it as that first abortion of an album. Ministry took on a more acceptable shape for Jourgensen after signing to Sire Records and releasing 1986s Twitch, with the addition to Jourgensens guitar, vocals and keyboards of Paul Barker (b. 8 February 1958, Palo Alto, California, USA) on bass and keyboards, and drummer Bill Rieflin. The band evolved their own brand of guitar-based industrial metal, considering 1988s The Land Of Rape And Honey to be their true debut, and employed a variety of guest musicians for both live and studio work, with regular...
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