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In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up

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  • “In Case You Didn’t Feel Like Showing Up” is one of my few favorite live CDs, by one of my favorite industrial bands: Ministry. There’s not a track on here I don’t like. Well, there are only six tracks, but that’s still a rarity for me. I generally don’t like live CDs at all.Set during Ministry’s 1989-90 tour, “In Case You Didn’t Feel Like Showing Up” samples all six tracks from two of their following albums: “Land of Rape and Honey” and “A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste” (both worth checking out). Most of the songs on here are loud and testerone-driven, with growling vocals and throbbing bass/drums. Some others are a bit slower, though they do eventually rise to ear-shattering levels as well, i.e., my favorite: #3 (“So What”), a long-drawn-out 11 minute and 30 second apathetic anthem.Another favorite is track #6 (“Stigmata”), where Al Jourgensen rants for about a minute near the end with [swearing at]so-and-so and the other (mostly political leaders, but I’m sure it offends most people). This last track ends with the audience chanting “Ministry”, but if you listen carefully, you can hear some guy chanting obscenities in the background instead, which is at least one reason for the parental advisory on the front cover, not to mention the obscenities spewed from Al himself. If you’re anti-censorship, then you’ll probably want to participate in the “just say no to censorship” campaign on the inside of the booklet, by removing and mailing the parental advisory logo on the front cover “along with a letter supporting your First Amendment rights, to your congressional representatives and/or local legislators.” Whether you decide to do this or not (somehow, the title of this CD doesn’t exactly call to the more motivated individual), I’d still recommend buying this CD. It’s well worth your money.

    Posted on December 23, 2009