Today’s “Cool Album of the Day” is Ministy, “With Sympathy.”
This was the debut album by Ministry in 1983. I know the band hated it, but I loved it.
Ministry is and always has been, Alain ‘Al’ Jourgensen. He’s used numerous sidemen throughout his career.
“With Sympathy” was their only release on Arista. They jumped to Warner Brothers for their next release which wouldn’t come for three more years. They did release some EPs to fill the void.
Ministry progressed into a much harder industrial sound. This was more synth-pop. 1983! Remember!
‘Work For Love’ got the most play. Other memorable tracks included ‘I Wanted to Tell Her, I’m Not an Effigy, Revenge.’ and ‘I Should Have Known Better.’
It was produced by Vince Ely. Vince ended up playing drums for the Psychedelic Furs.
The album peaked in 1984 at number 94 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts.
Here’s crude live version of ‘Work For Love.’ What a great song!
Today’s Cool Album of the Day is Missing Persons,”Spring Session M.”
People didn’t know what the heck to make of these guys, and gal. Are they an MTV promoted all looks, no talent pop act? Well MTV didn’t hurt their popularity. Hardly, in fact, MTV helped push this release into the top 20.
But my no means could ‘Missing Persons’ by considered talentless. In fact, good luck finding more talent in a straight pop act.
Drummer Terry Bozzio only spent most of his career playing with Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck and U.K.
Guitarist Warren Cuccurullo also played with Zappa. He also had a long stint with Duran Duran.
Bassist Patrick O’Hearn is currently plays along side John Hiatt. He had a nice run of releases on the Private Music label.
Chuck Wild on keys and Dale Bozzio vocals filled out the roster.
The most well known tracks were ‘Destination Unknown, Walking In L.A., Words’ and ‘ Mental Hopscotch.
Missing Persons “Spring Session M,” (1982) was produced by Ken Scott and peaked at #17 on the Billboard US Top 200 Charts.
Another one of those classic albums that side one was the title track and nothing else.
Hailing from Germany, Kraftwerk “Autobahn” was mainly a synthesizer album.
It did include a bit of flute, guitar and violin but not that much.
It was released in 1974.
The title track was 22 minutes in length. A chopped up three minute version was released as a single and actually made it to #25 on the Billboard charts in the States.
Did you ever have this album?