Jesus Built My Hotrod

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"Jesus Built My Hotrod"
Single by Ministry
from the album Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs
Released November 7, 1991
Format CD single
Recorded 1991
Genre Industrial metal, alternative metal, speed metal
Length 15:12
Label Sire
Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Al Jourgensen
Paul Barker
M Balch
Gibby Haynes
Bill Rieflin
Producer(s) Hypo Luxa
Hermes Pan
Ministry singles chronology
"So What"
(1990)
"Jesus Built My Hotrod"
(1991)
"N.W.O."
(1992)

"Jesus Built My Hotrod" is a 1991 single by Ministry and was the band's most popular song up to that point.[citation needed] The track features a driving beat and speed metal guitar work backing Butthole Surfers' singer Gibby Haynes gonzo vocal stylings. It is notable for its polyrhythmic structure with the guitar riff in 5/4 and the drums in 4/4. According to Al Jourgensen's autobiography the single sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide.

The song was released November 7, 1991, a little more than half a year before it appeared on Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs. MuchMusic and MTV championed the accompanying video (which featured, among others, various footage of vintage NASCAR and drag racing events) and it enjoyed repetitive plays on both stations. The photo that adorns the cover of the single depicts a 1970 Chrysler 440 Six Pack V8 engine (equipped with 3 2-barrel carburetors). At one point in the video, a 1970 Plymouth GTX, equipped with the 440 Six Pack, is shown driving down the street, as the "Air Grabber" hood scoop opens.

The song reached number 19 on the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks chart, was number eight on ARIA's alternative singles for 1992 and was number 3 in John Peel's Festive Fifty for 1992.

Some of the vocal samples are from movies, including Brad Dourif in Wise Blood, and Dennis Hopper in Blue Velvet.

The song is available for download in the Rock Band series of games.

A lyric from the song ("Ding a ding dang my dang a long ling long") was used (without spaces) as a cheat code in the video game Sleepwalker.

The song was featured in the 2014 Ubisoft video game, Watch Dogs.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Credit Length
1. "Jesus Built My Hotrod" (Redline/Whiteline Version) Jourgensen, Rieflin, Balch, Haynes 8:15
2. "Jesus Built My Hotrod" (Short, Pusillanimous, So-They-Can-Fit-More-Commercials-On-The-Radio Edit)   3:45
3. "TV Song"   Barker, Rieflin, Scaccia, Connelly 3:12

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