149. Ministry

In 2014, we expect there to be a strong contingent lobbying for the induction of Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails. We will debate that in four years time, but until then we will settle for debating the induction of a band that is credited by some for introducing Industrial music to the public; Ministry.   Calling Ministry a band can be a bit of a misnomer. Essentially, the product of its only constant member; Al Jourgensen, Ministry was the first outfit that brought the Industrial genre attention. With their hard driving Metal guitars, and various samples they garnered attention from devotees of other Alternative based music. With the Alternative boom in the early 90’s, Ministry became more widely known, though they never hit it as big as they perhaps should have. Constant side projects and drug abuse may have hampered the long term affects of Ministry as a band, though overall they were more influential than they got credit for. As such, they are barely a long shot for the Hall.     The Bullet Points:   Eligible Since: 2006   Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Chicago, IL)   Why They Will Get In: Being the first to help popularize a genre works in their favor.   Why They Won’t Get In: If Industrial has an inductee, it will likely be Nine Inch Nails.   Nominated In: Never   Essential Albums: Twelve Inch Singles (1985) The Land of Rape and Honey (1988) The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste (1989) Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs (1992)     Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Everyday is Halloween (Single, 1984) Stigmata (From The Land of Rape and Honey, 1988) Cannibal Song (From The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste, 1989) N.W.O. (From Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs, 1992) Just One Fix (From Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs, 1992)     www.ministrymusic.org {acepolls 182}

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