Music Video Of The Day: Jesus Built My Hotrod by Ministry (1991, directed by Paul Elledge)

Needless to say, that’s the famous Gibby Haynes providing the vocals on Ministry’s Jesus Built My Hotrod.  Gibby recorded the vocals while he was in Chicago, doing the first Lollapooloza tour.  Ministry’s Al Jourgensen told Songfacts, “Gibby came down completely drunk off his ass. He couldn’t even sit on a stool, let alone sing. I mean, he was wasted. He fell off the stool about 10 times during the recording of that vocal. He made no sense and it was just gibberish. So I spent two weeks editing tape of what he did, thinking it still was better than what I was thinking of doing with the song.”

Fortunately, Gibby’s vocals saved both the song and probably the future of the band.  Ministry had already been given an advance of $750,000 to make an album.  According to Jourgensen, the band spent all the money on drugs and ended up with only this song to show for all of their efforts.  In an attempt to at least get some of their money back, Warner Bros. released the song as a single and it quickly shot up the charts.  For a while, at least, it was Warner Bros’s top selling-single of all time.  As a result, Ministry got another advance of $750,000 and this time, they actually used the money to make an album.

As for the video, it’s all about car culture.  Paul Elledge also directed two videos for Anthrax.


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