Jesus Built My Hotrod

"Jesus Built My Hotrod"
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Single by Ministry
from the album Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs
B-side"TV Song"
ReleasedNovember 7, 1991
Format
Recorded1991
StudioChicago Trax! Studios (Chicago, IL)
Genre
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Hypo Luxa
  • Hermes Pan
Ministry singles chronology
"So What"
(1990)
"Jesus Built My Hotrod"
(1991)
"N.W.O."
(1992)
Music video
“Jesus Built My Hotrod” on YouTube

"Jesus Built My Hotrod" is a song by American industrial metal band Ministry, released as the first single from their fifth studio album, Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs. It was written by the band's frontman Al Jourgensen, bassist Paul Barker, drummer Bill Rieflin, session keyboardist Michael Balch, and the Butthole Surfers lead singer Gibby Haynes, and was co-produced by Jourgensen and Barker. An industrial metal track, it features elements of rockabilly and psychobilly, and is influenced by the Trashmen 1963 hit "Surfin' Bird", and Flannery O'Connor's novel Wise Blood; the song's instrumentation is defined by its polyrhythmic structure.

The song was first released as a single in November 1991, backed with the B-side "TV Song" based on lyrics by Chris Connelly; re-edited versions of both tracks were included in Psalm 69, as well as various compilation albums. The single reached No. 19 in the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart with approximately 128,000 copies as of mid-July 1992, preceding the later success of Psalm 69.

Background

Stories regarding the song's recording, given in various accounts over the years,[a] hold that the first Lollapalooza tour, with Butthole Surfers featured in its lineup, came in Chicago to perform in Summer 1991. After the Surfers’ performance, lead singer Gibby Haynes had visited the Chicago Trax! studios. There, Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen asked Haynes if he could record vocals for the song, then only featuring guitar and drum parts with no vocals, mainly due to its beat structure.[b] While alleged to be drunk at this point, Haynes had been performing his parts for some time, before falling asleep.

As Jourgensen later explained, he spent about two or three weeks at home after that session, editing the tapes on a two-track recorder in order to render Haynes' performance as somewhat audible. He then overdubbed additional instrumental parts, samples from drag racing competitions and tape noises. In the end, Jourgensen and bandmates added a spoken-word intro to fit Haynes' “moronic” singing.[9][7][10] Around the same time, guitarist Mike Scaccia and drummer Bill Rieflin had recorded a demo of them playing as fast as they could; initially conceived as a joke, it became the single's flipside, “TV Song”.[11]

After he finished editing, Jourgensen was contacted by Sire Records about getting a recorded material. Jourgensen sent a tape of “Jesus Built My Hotrod”, since it was the only song he had by this time. Sire staff were irritated with only having “Jesus Built My Hotrod”, as well that most of an advance, initially intended for the record, were spent by Jourgensen and his acquaintances on drugs. Jourgensen told them to either release the song and pay another advance, or terminate a contract. The label chose to release the song, with no further expectations from the band.[7][12]

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русский: Jesus Built My Hotrod