Ministry – Work For Love (1983)

Ministry is an American industrial metal band founded by lead singer Al Jourgensen in 1981. Originally a synthpop outfit, Ministry changed its style to industrial metal in the late 1980s. Ministry found mainstream success in the early 1990s with its most successful album Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs (1992) and touring as part of the Lollapalooza festival.

Their first LP, With Sympathy, was issued on Arista Records in 1983, and sold slowly but hit the upper 90s in the Billboard 200. The music in With Sympathy, and the various singles that Arista issued in association with it, was melodic pop. Jourgensen has always expressed disappointment with Ministry’s music during those early years, reportedly referring to With Sympathy as an “abortion of an album.” According to him, after signing the record contract, all artistic control of Ministry was “handed” over to other writers and producers.

While Al may have disowned the album, many fans consider it a synthpop masterpiece and were very disappointed when Al decided that he was actually the future of industrial metal and discarded his pop roots.

The last single to be released from the album would be “Work For Love”, released worldwide on Arista Records.

Work For Love (Extended Version)     6:25

Work For Love (Dub Version)             6:15

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