Al Jourgensen at the Astoria, London during 2004, promoting Houses of the Molé.
|Birth name||Alain David Jourgensen|
|Also known as||The Alien, Alien Jourgensen, Hypo Luxa, Dog, Alien Dog Star, Buck Satan, Uncle Al, Enchanted Al|
October 9, 1958 |
|Genres||Industrial metal, industrial rock, alternative metal, thrash metal, new wave, synthpop, EBM, hardcore punk|
|Instruments||Guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, synthesizer, harmonica, mandolin, saxophone, drums, violin, vocals|
|Labels||Arista Records, Sire Records, Warner Bros., Sanctuary Records, 13th Planet Records, Alternative Tentacles, Wax Trax!|
|Associated acts||Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Skinny Puppy, Lard, Prong, 1000 Homo DJs, PTP, Acid Horse, Lead Into Gold, Pailhead, Buck Satan and the 666 Shooters|
Alain David Jourgensen (born October 9, 1958, in Havana, Cuba; often known as Al Jourgensen), is a Cuban-American musician best known as the founder and frontman of the industrial metal band Ministry. He is sometimes credited as Alain Jourgensen, Alien Jourgensen, Hypo Luxa (his alias as a music producer), Dog, Alien Dog Star and Buck Satan. He is a member and/or founder of several industrial rock bands, performing as a singer, guitarist or keyboard player.
Jourgensen was born in Havana to a Cuban mother and Norwegian father in 1958. Soon after, he came to the US to live with his mother and his Danish stepfather, who changed his name to Jourgensen. Growing up, he was a fan of such artists as The Beatles, Black Sabbath, Hawkwind, Pink Floyd, Can, Kraftwerk, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Kitty Wells, Buck Owens, George Jones, Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus and Miles Davis. His stepfather was a stock car driver, and also a mechanic for Formula One driver Dan Gurney. Jourgensen was raised in Chicago, Illinois and Breckenridge, Colorado, eventually attending the University of Illinois - Chicago, after briefly enrolling at the University of Northern Colorado as well as the University of Colorado. He worked as a radio DJ out of college, until becoming a professional musician by joining the band Special Affect, which included My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult founding member Groovie Mann. Jourgensen formed Ministry in 1981.
His lyrics reveal many aspects of his life, such as his heroin and cocaine addictions, alcoholism and his political opinions. These were greatly influenced by the beat generation (William S. Burroughs collaborated on some of his tracks).
Jourgensen had been a lifelong drug user, which culminated in the 1995 police raid of Ministry's Texas headquarters and Jourgensen's arrest for possession. He received a five year probation sentence, a time that he recalls as the darkest in his life. As of 2003, he maintains that he has been drug-free, ever since a bite from a venomous spider caused him to nearly lose an arm. Jourgensen resides and records in El Paso, Texas.
Professional life 
Jourgensen formed Ministry in 1981 after he left the band Special Affect, which was a new wave/synthpop band (notably including Frankie Nardiello, founder of My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult and drummer Harry Rushakoff of Concrete Blonde). Early singles by Ministry and Jourgensen's other projects were released on Wax Trax! Records. He also produced Skinny Puppy's Rabies album. During that time, it is said that Jourgensen befriended Nivek Ogre, who later joined Ministry.
The band broke into the mainstream with 1992's legendary Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs album. One of its tracks, "N.W.O.", was nominated for a 1993 Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance, losing to Nine Inch Nails' "Wish". However, its next album, Filth Pig (1995), divided their fanbase, leading to a commercial decline that became evident when Warner Bros. Records dropped Ministry from the record label in 2001.
Ministry's newest albums, Rio Grande Blood and The Last Sucker, as well as the 2006 Revolting Cocks album Cocked and Loaded were released on Jourgensen's new record label, 13th Planet Records. He formed this label after falling out with the mainstream agendas of major industry labels.
Jourgensen appeared as a fictional musician in the film A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, and has had a number of songs appear in other films, including the 2008 Wicked Lake, produced by Fever Dreams, for which he composed the entire sound track. He also makes a small appearance in the film as an art school teacher.
In a November 2008 issue of Hustler Magazine, Al Jourgensen announced that the end of Ministry was official. The reasons behind this were Ministry "takes up so much time" as well as the hassle of getting out new albums. He also said he was responsible for six other bands and can get seven albums done a year when he is not working on new Ministry material.
Despite Jourgensen's previous insistence that Ministry would never return, a reunion was announced on August 7, 2011. A new album, titled Relapse, was released on March 23, 2012.
Revolting Cocks 
Revolting Cocks, also known as RevCo, is an American industrial rock band that began as a musical side-project for Richard 23 of Front 242, Luc Van Acker, and Al Jourgensen of Ministry. The band got their name after a fight in a Chicago bar in 1983. Jourgensen, Richard 23 and Luc Van Acker celebrated the formation of their new band with a few drinks. The evening ended in a brawl, with bar stools thrown through the windows. As he ejected the trio, the owner, a man Jourgensen recalls was named Dess, shouted, "I'm calling the police! You guys are a bunch of revolting cocks!" The trio decided to use the name for their band.
The band have changed lineups several times. RevCo currently features Al Jourgensen (guitars, keyboards, programming, background vocals, producer), Josh Bradford (vocals, background vocals), Sin Quirin (guitars, bass, keyboards) and Clayton Worbeck (keyboards, programming, mixing, bass). Their seventh album, called Sex-O Olympic-O, which was produced by Jourgensen at his studio, was released on his 13th Planet label in March 2009. Their newest album, Got Cock?, was also released on April 13, 2010 on the same Label.
Production Work 
Jourgensen and Paul Barker of Ministry worked as a music production team under the names Hypo Luxa and Hermes Pan, producing their own work as well as other Wax Trax! Records acts. He has also produced music for Reverend Horton Heat, Nine Inch Nails, Dessau and Gwar. Jourgensen's recording complex for the 13th Planet label is located within his home in El Paso, Texas.
Political views 
Jourgensen frequently offered scathing criticism of the Bush family, beginning with Ministry's 1992 album Psalm 69, continuing with the 2004 album Houses of the Molé, 2006's Rio Grande Blood, and 2007's The Last Sucker. His favorite targets have been former U.S. Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. Ministry also contributed a song to the first Rock Against Bush album. The theme continues on Ministry's 2007 offering and in Jourgensen's various side projects.
with Ministry 
with Revolting Cocks 
|Date of Release||Title||Label|
|1986||Big Sexy Land||Wax Trax!|
|1988||You Goddamned Son of a Bitch - Live||Wax Trax!|
|1990||Beers, Steers, and Queers||Wax Trax!|
|1993||Linger Ficken' Good||Sire/Reprise/Warner Bros. Records|
|2006||Cocked and Loaded||13th Planet Records/Megaforce Records|
|2007||Cocktail Mixxx||13th Planet Records/Megaforce Records|
|2009||Sex-O Olympic-O||13th Planet Records/Megaforce Records|
|2009||Sex-O MiXXX-O||13th Planet Records/Megaforce Records|
|2010||Got Cock?||13th Planet Records/Megaforce Records|
with Lard 
|Date of Release||Title||Label|
|1989||The Power of Lard||Alternative Tentacles|
|1990||The Last Temptation of Reid||Alternative Tentacles|
|1997||Pure Chewing Satisfaction||Alternative Tentacles|
|2000||70's Rock Must Die||Alternative Tentacles|
with Buck Satan and the 666 Shooters 
|Date of Release||Title||Label|
|2011||Bikers Welcome Ladies Drink Free||13th Planet Records|
- Al Jourgensen@Everything2.com
- "Al Jourgensen: Sex-O Olympic-O". SuicideGirls.com. 12 March 2009. Archived from the original on 16 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-12..
- "Ministry's War on Bush". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2006-06-12.
- Roberts, Michael (2003-04-10). "So What? Ministry isn't on a major label anymore, but Al Jourgensen still loves his job". Dallas Observer.