Twitch (Ministry album)

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Twitch
Studio album by Ministry
Released July 8, 1986
Recorded 1985 at Southern Studios, London
Genre EBM, industrial[1]
Length 45:41 (Original LP)
57:00 (CD release)
Label Sire/Warner Bros. Records
25309
Radioactive (2003 Re-Release)
Producer Adrian Sherwood, Alain Jourgensen
Ministry chronology
With Sympathy
(1983)
Twitch
(1986)
Twelve Inch Singles (1981–1984)
(1987)
Singles from Twitch
  1. "Over the Shoulder"
    Released: 1985[2]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B-[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2.5/5 stars[4]

Twitch is the second studio album by industrial metal band Ministry, released in 1986. The album stepped away from the pop-oriented form of their previous album With Sympathy and moved toward a darker, more aggressive sound in the form of EBM. Released by Sire Records, Jourgensen was granted more artistic control over the production than under Arista/BMG. Twitch was re-released in 1990 with two additional tracks.

Twitched, an unauthorized 2003 release by Radioactive Records, is a remastered version of Twitch, featuring the track listing that the band is said to have intended it to have before the intervention of the record company. It includes previously unreleased alternative versions of tracks from the album.

"Over the Shoulder" was the only single from the album.

Track listing[edit]

Original 1986 track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Alain Jourgensen. 

No. Title Length
1. "Just Like You"   5:03
2. "We Believe"   5:56
3. "All Day Remix"   6:03
4. "The Angel"   6:06
5. "Over the Shoulder"   5:13
6. "My Possession"   5:05
7. "Where You at Now? / Crash & Burn / Twitch" (Version II) 12:15
CD bonuses:
No. Title Length
8. "Over the Shoulder" (12" Version) 6:46
9. "Isle of Man" (Version II) 4:30
  • Features samples from "Twitch (Version II)"

2003 "Twitched" track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Just Like You"   5:06
2. "We Believe"   5:55
3. "The Angel"   5:55
4. "Isle of Man" (Ver 1) 3:29
5. "Over the Shoulder"   5:05
6. "Possession"   5:30
7. "Abortive"   3:25
8. "Twitch" (Part 1) 3:49
9. "The Angel" (Short Version) 4:31
10. "Over the Shoulder" (Extended Version) 6:43
11. "Isle of Man" (Ver 2) 4:34
12. "Twitch" (Ver 2) 2:01
  • Tracks 9-12 are bonuses added to the CD version; b-sides and remixes, they do not comprise the original album.
  • Track 7 features in a new form as Track 11 on The Land of Rape and Honey

Personnel[edit]

Ministry[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
position
The Billboard 200[5] 194

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Esher, Alan. "Twitch - Ministry". Allmusic. Retrieved March 20, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Ministry - Over The Shoulder (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved May 29, 2014. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Ministry". robertchristgau.com, Retrieved on March 20, 2010.
  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan. "Ministry". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. November 2004, pg. 544. Cited March 20, 2010
  5. ^ "Twitch - Ministry". Billboard.