Acid Horse

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Acid Horse
OriginChicago, Illinois, USA
GenresIndustrial rock
Years active1989
LabelsWax Trax!
Associated actsMinistry
Cabaret Voltaire
Past membersAl Jourgensen
Chris Connelly
Paul Barker
Stephen Mallinder
Richard H. Kirk

Acid Horse was a one-off collaborative side project between two industrial music pioneers, Ministry and Cabaret Voltaire.[1][2]:69 Only one single, "No Name, No Slogan", was released in 1989 on Wax Trax! Records.[1][3][4] The band name is a combination of the slang terms for LSD (acid) and heroin (horse), as well as a play on the title of the then-popular acid house movement.

As with many other Ministry side projects, such as PTP and the Revolting Cocks, the band member's identities are masked by pseudonyms. The members are as follows:[1]

Musically, Acid Horse resembles fellow Ministry side project PTP, in that it blends an upbeat dance-like electronic rhythm with catchy guitar-work. The lyrics come off in a serious, yet slightly comical tone - a trademark of many Ministry side projects. While Goldmine author Jo-Ann Greene said "No Name, No Slogan" is "strangely reminiscent" of English synthpop duo Blancmange's 1983 single "Blind Vision",[3]:38 Option editor Sandy Masuo likened it to "an unlikely collision of house-style mixing and spaghetti western ambience à la Ennio Morricone"; in the said magazine's article, Jourgensen says that despite that the collaboration gave an opportunity to work with the industrial scene's prominent acts, it ended up to be disappointing:[2]:69

"I found it really sad that these complete pioneers, who were once willing to take risks, come here to Chicago because of the house explosion. [...] They wanted to do a house record, and they didn't understand that they informed house music through people copying them. And now they're back here to copy themselves off other people?"


  1. ^ a b c True, Chris. "Acid Horse | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Masuo, Sandy (January–February 1996). "Ministry: It's Not Easy Being Mean". Option: Music Culture. No. 66. pp. 66–73. ISSN 0882-178X.
  3. ^ a b Greene, Jo-Ann (April 2, 1993). "Ministry" (scans). Goldmine. Vol. 19 no. 7 (331). pp. 26, 28, 32, 38, 40. ISSN 1055-2685. Retrieved October 13, 2018 – via the archive.
  4. ^ Woods, Karen (March 3, 1990). "Shock of the New". Cash Box. Vol. 54 no. 29. p. 24. Retrieved March 11, 2020 – via the Internet Archive.

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