In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up

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In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up
Live album by Ministry
Released September 4, 1990
Recorded February 22, 1990, Merrillville, Indiana at the Holiday Star Theatre[1]
Genre Industrial metal
Length 39:47
Label Sire/Warner Bros.
Producer Hypo Luxa, Hermes Pan
Ministry chronology
The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste
In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up
Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs

In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up is a live album by the industrial metal band Ministry. The album was released on September 4, 1990.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B[3]
Q 4/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau A-[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[6]

In 2005, In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up was ranked number 328 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[7]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "The Missing"   3:35
2. "Deity"   3:38
3. "So What"   11:29
4. "Burning Inside"   6:23
5. "Thieves"   5:09
6. "Stigmata"   9:31


A companion home video of the concert also exists, featuring the same tracks as the audio except it is bookended by two "bonus" songs. The beginning of the concert starts with a very textured dual drum jam then segues into "Breathe". After playing Stigmata, Jello Biafra comes on stage and reads his own rendition of The Pledge of Allegiance.[8] After that, the band returns for an encore of "The Land of Rape and Honey." Jello remains on stage giving an almost dadaist performance art routine, largely alternating between sucking his thumb and giving a Nazi salute.



Additional personnel[edit]

  • Jeff "Critter" Newell – engineer
  • "Friskie" – assistant engineer
  • "Linus" – assistant engineer
  • "Ex-Con" – assistant engineer
  • Kim Assaley – artwork
  • Tom Recchion – design
  • Dirk Walter – design


  1. ^ "Ministry - 2/22/90". 1990-02-22. Retrieved 2012-02-24. 
  2. ^ Raggett, Ned. "In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up - Ministry". Allmusic. Retrieved March 20, 2010. 
  3. ^ Robbins, Ira (September 7, 1990). "In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 9, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Ministry - In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved November 9, 2012. 
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Ministry". Retrieved on March 20, 2010.
  6. ^ Brackett, Nathan. "Ministry". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. November 2004, p. 544. Cited March 20, 2010
  7. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 79. ISBN 3-89880-517-4. 
  8. ^ "The Jello Biafra Pledge of Allegiance". Retrieved 2012-02-24.