Friday, June 18, 2010

80's (+3) Jams: Ministry “Stigmata” (1988)

The live version on In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up is even more nihilistic, winding up with a repetitive "f*** [fill in the blank]" rant that's entirely absent from the studio version (various targets include Jesus, the church, and finally everyone and everything). There's a certain gonzo quality about "Stigmata" that Ministry didn't quite match until "Jesus Built My Hotrod," which wasn't nearly as dark; that combination made "Stigmata" one of the most striking of Ministry's guitar rockers. - Allmusic

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