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Side Trax by Ministry

Side Trax by Ministry

Album Review

Back when EPs were all the rage and Wax Trax were defining industrial dance music, Ministry mainman Al Jourgensen got to release any whim or half-baked idea he had and, boy, was it fun. Ryko’s Side Trax collects all the important side projects from back in the day and captures a time when Jourgensen hadn’t become a total headbanger. First up, and best of the lot, is Pailhead and their great Trait EP plus some 12″s. Pailhead approach being a “band” more than the other larks here, with Fugazi’s Ian MacKaye offering real lyrics to real songs rather than chants over experiments. It would be a shame if you missed the great “Don’t Stand in Line” or the near-Killing Joke “I Will Refuse,” and the brash “No Bunny” is still silly fun 15 years later. 1000 Homo DJs (Jourgesen and his usual crew augmented with Jello Biafra or an uncredited Trent Reznor) are next, and their four-song 1991 EP will forever be remembered for its over-the-top, full-speed-ahead version of Black Sabbath’s “Supernaut.” PTP (stands for “Programming the Psychodrill”) haven’t aged nearly as well, showing too much of a school-boy crush for cheap samplers, but…




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