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HE IS THE SELF-PROCLAIMED "JULIE FROM THE LOVE BOAT" OF INDUSTRIAL ROCK, THE TERRIBLE MIND TO TASTE BEHIND MINISTRY, THE REVOLTING COCKS, LARD, AND 1,000 HOMO DJS. THE BUSH FAMILY IS HIS MUSE, AND THIS SPRING HE IS RELEASING BOTH NEW REVOLTING COCKS AND MINISTRY ALBUMS ON HIS NEW LABEL, 13TH PLANET. AS IF THAT WERENíT ENOUGH, HEíS ALSO DOING A DOUBLE-HEADER TOUR OF REVCO AND MINISTRY THAT MAY JUST LEAVE THE COUNTRY IN RUINS. NIGHT WATCHMAN GOT TO SHOOT THE SHIT WITH THE MAN SOMETIMES KNOWN AS ALIEN JOURGENSEN.
Al Jourgensen: Yo! What up?
Night Watchman: Hey, Al. How's it going?
AJ: All right!
NW: I wanted to start off by asking you a little about your new record label, 13th Planet. What made you want to have your own label again? Are you trying to get back to the Wax Trax days of productivity?
AJ: Nah, never about that, man. But I will say this: major labels don't know their fucking ass from an elbow. I figure I know exactly where those two parts of my anatomy are, so why not? As long as I know that, I can probably run a label.
NW: Are you worried about the state of music?
AJ: I'm not worried about it because I think my state of music is kickin' ass right now. As far as the rest of it, I don't even think it's music. I think they call it "product" now.
NW: Yeah, they do. Do you see 13th Planet as more than just a place to put out your own music? Are you interested in artist development and finding new people to put out?
AJ: It's definitely not just going to be a vanity label like, "We have our own signature label." (laughs) For instance, the next thing we have coming out is an anti-war protest in Washington, D.C. Itís a six-hour DVD, and itís the next thing thatís coming out besides Ministry and [Revolting] Cocks. It's called Operation Ceasefire, and it has everything from speeches by Jesse Jackson, to music from Joan Baez and Ministry and Anti-Flag-- just a bunch of different things on there. It's basically going to be a political kind of label. A pretty angry, angst-riddled, disillusioned youth kind of label.
NW: Doesn't it seem strange that we as a country are in this same place again?
AJ: Not really. History always seems to repeat itself because knuckleheads don't get it the first time. It's very cyclical. But if it pushes you, you've got to push back. I think Einstein said that once.
NW: It's just amazing that it's happening again so soon. Is our short-term memory that bad?
AJ: Apparently, yeah. Not only that, but the conservative right wing of this country has gotten pretty fucking good at doing their spin, so we're battling some true professionals now. They've gotten very good at their craft. You almost have to admire them in a Machiavellian sort of way.
NW: Politics are playing a huge role in what you create, and it's obvious that you're extremely pissed off. That seems very good for your creative juices.
AJ: (laughs) Yeah. It's unfortunate that I would choose the Bush family as my muse in life. It's an unfortunate situation, but it seems to evidently be true.
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