Dark Side of the Spoon

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Dark Side of the Spoon
Studio album by Ministry
Released June 8, 1999 (1999-06-08)
Recorded 1998–1999
Genre Industrial metal
Length 63:25
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Hypo Luxa, Hermes Pan
Ministry chronology
Filth Pig
(1996)
Dark Side of the Spoon
(1999)
Greatest Fits
(2001)
Singles from Dark Side of the Spoon
  1. "Supermanic Soul"
    Released: 1999
  2. "Bad Blood"
    Released: September 17, 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly C+[2]
NME 6/10[3]
Q 3/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[5]

Dark Side of the Spoon is the seventh studio album by industrial metal band Ministry, released in 1999 through Warner Bros. Records. "Bad Blood" was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 2000.[6]

There are two theories behind the title (which occurs in the lyrics of the opening track), the first being a simple play on words, referencing Pink Floyd's record The Dark Side of the Moon. The second is a reference to the blackened or dark side of a spoon when heated to dissolve heroin, as the band suffered from addiction to said substance at the time.

The album's cover, which features a naked fat woman sitting in front of a black board with "I will be god" written numerous times gained controversy and was banned from Kmart. The woman and the words on the blackboard were later airbrushed out.[7]

The saxophone part of the song "10/10" is taken from the last 22 seconds of "Group Dancers" on the Charles Mingus album The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Supermanic Soul" (Jourgensen, Barker, Svitek, Washam, Hukic) - 3:13
  2. "Whip and Chain" (Jourgensen, Barker, Coon, Svitek) - 4:23
  3. "Bad Blood" (Jourgensen, Barker, Coon, Washam) - 4:59
  4. "Eureka Pile" (Jourgensen, Barker, Svitek, Washam) - 6:22
  5. "Step" (Jourgensen, Barker, Washam) - 4:06
  6. "Nursing Home" (Jourgensen, Barker, Washam) - 7:02
  7. "Kaif" (Jourgensen, Barker, Svitek, Washam) - 5:25
  8. "Vex & Siolence" (Jourgensen, Barker, Svitek, Washam, Hukic) - 5:24
  9. "10/10" (Jourgensen, Barker, Svitek, Washam) - 3:53
  10. "Happy Dust" (Japanese bonus track) - 6:18
  11. "Everybody (Summertime)" (hidden track) - 1:55

Hidden tracks[edit]

After the end of track 10, tracks of silence begin. There are 59 silent tracks on the album, totaling 10:26

  1. Track 11 - 2:00
  2. Track 12 - 3:00
  3. Track 13 - 1:10
  4. Track 14 - 0:13
  5. Track 15 - 0:23
  6. Tracks 16 - 68 are all approximately 4 seconds in length.

"Everybody" is track 69. Houses of the Molé, another Ministry album, features a hidden track called "Walrus" which is also track 69. According to BMI, track 69 is called "Summertime". Allmusic and the official website of the band refers to this track as "Everybody".

Personnel[edit]

Ministry[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
The Billboard 200[8] 92
German Albums Chart[9] 57
Swedish Albums Chart[10] 51
UK Albums Chart[11] 85

References[edit]

  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Dark Side of the Spoon - Ministry". Allmusic. 
  2. ^ Vincentelli, Elisabeth (1999-06-11). "Dark Side of the Spoon Review". Entertainment Weekly. 
  3. ^ "Album Review - Dark Side Of The Spoon". NME. May 11, 1999. 
  4. ^ Elliott, Paul. "Review: Ministry - Dark Side Of The Spoon". Q (EMAP Metro Ltd) (July 1999): 120, 121. 
  5. ^ Chonin, Neva (1999-06-24). "Ministry: Dark Side Of The Spoon : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-10-23. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  6. ^ "Ministry Mainman Comments On Fifth Grammy Nomination". Blabbermouth.net. 2008-12-04. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Ministry's Dark Side Of The Spoon (1999) was banned by Kmart due to its cover.". MTV. 2007-10-26. 
  8. ^ "The Dark Side of the Spoon - Ministry". Billboard. 
  9. ^ "German chart positions" (in German). musicline.de. 
  10. ^ "Swedish chart positions". swedishcharts.com. 
  11. ^ "Chart Log UK: M - My Vitriol". Zobbel.