Dark Side of the Spoon

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Dark Side of the Spoon
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Studio album by Ministry
Released June 8, 1999 (1999-06-08)
Recorded 1998–1999
Genre Industrial metal, alternative metal
Length 57:08
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Hypo Luxa, Hermes Pan
Ministry chronology
Filth Pig
(1996)Filth Pig1996
Dark Side of the Spoon
Greatest Fits
(2001)Greatest Fits2001
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, their final album for the label. "Bad Blood" was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 2000.[6]


Dark Side of the Spoon features less aggressive songs than Ministry's previous albums, and frontman Al Jourgensen had intended it to be the case. He wanted to branch out from the "drug-infused" records of The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste and Psalm 69 to a more "unfamiliar territory." As such, Jourgensen ranks Dark Side of the Spoon as his favourite 90's Ministry album.[7]

In his autobiography, Jourgensen confirmed that the title has two meanings: one of which is a play on words referencing Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon and the other is the blackened (or dark side) of a spoon heated to dissolve heroin, as several members of the band suffered from long-term 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.[8]

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. Whip and Chain and Bad Blood feature vocals from Ty Coon, singer and Al Jourgensen's girlfriend at the time.[9]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
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
68. "Everybody (Summertime)" (hidden track)   1:55

Hidden tracks[edit]

After the end of track 9, tracks of silence begin. There are 58 silent tracks on the album, totaling 10:26

No. Title Length
10. "Track 10" 2:00
11. "Track 11" 3:00
12. "Track 12" 1:10
13. "Track 13" 0:13
14. "Track 14" 0:23

Tracks 15 - 67 are all approximately 4 seconds in length.

"Everybody" is track 68 (track 69 on the Japanese edition). Houses of the Molé, another Ministry album, features a hidden track called "Walrus" which is also track 69. According to BMI, track 68 is called "Summertime". Allmusic and the official website of the band refers to this track as "Everybody".



Additional personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
The Billboard 200[10] 92
German Albums Chart[11] 57
Swedish Albums Chart[12] 51
UK Albums Chart[13] 85


  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. ^ Acharya, Kiran. "Revolting Lots: Al Jourgensen's Favourite Ministry Albums". The Quietus. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
  8. ^ "Ministry's Dark Side Of The Spoon (1999) was banned by Kmart due to its cover.". MTV. 2007-10-26. 
  9. ^ Ahmad, Afra. "Ministry FAQ". Prongs.org. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
  10. ^ "The Dark Side of the Spoon - Ministry". Billboard. 
  11. ^ "German chart positions" (in German). musicline.de. 
  12. ^ "Swedish chart positions". swedishcharts.com. 
  13. ^ "Chart Log UK: M - My Vitriol". Zobbel.