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
Alternative cover
2017 rerelease
2017 rerelease

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. On July 7, 2017, 14 tracks from the same show were released through the band's Bandcamp page under the title Live Necronomicon[2].

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly B[4]
Q 4/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[6]
The Village Voice A–[7]

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.[8]

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

Live Necronomicon[edit]

This 2017 re-release features more songs including covers from other bands like Lard, a side project by Al Jourgensen and Paul Barker. In addition, the songs that had already appeared in In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up (eg. The Missing) differ greatly in this live album with different recordings and performances.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Breathe" Al Jourgensen, Paul Barker, William Rieflin, Chris Connelly, Kevin Ogilvie 8:37
2. "The Missing" Jourgensen, Barker 3:37
3. "The Deity" Jourgensen, Barker 3:29
4. "Man Should Surrender" Jourgensen, Barker, Rieflin, Ian MacKaye 3:54
5. "No Bunny" Jourgensen, Barker, Rieflin, MacKaye, Eric Spicer 6:15
6. "Smothered Hope" (Skinny Puppy cover) Ogilvie, Kevin Crompton 5:11
7. "So What" Jourgensen, Barker, Rieflin, Connelly 11:19
8. "Burning Inside" Jourgensen, Barker, Rieflin, Connelly 6:38
9. "Thieves" Jourgensen, Barker, Connelly 5:09
10. "Stigmata" Jourgensen 9:52
11. "Public Image" (Public Image Ltd cover) John Lydon, Keith Levene, Jah Wobble, Jim Walker 2:47
12. "The Power of Lard" Jourgensen, Barker, Jeff Ward, Jello Biafra 8:11
13. "Hellfudge" Jourgensen, Barker, Ward, Biafra 7:03
14. "The Land of Rape & Honey" Jourgensen, Barker 5:36


A companion home video also exists, featuring the same tracks as the audio except it is bookended by two "bonus" songs and incorporates footage from two concerts, including the Merriville, Indiana concert and a December 1989 New Year's Eve concert in Chicago. According to Patty Marsh (Al Jourgensen's wife in this time), the band were annoyed at having to wear exactly the same clothing on both concert dates and the video was difficult to edit properly due to small differences in each.[9]

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.[10] After that, the band returns for an encore of "The Land of Rape and Honey." Biafra 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. ^ "Live Necronomicon, by Ministry". Ministry. Retrieved 2017-07-23. 
  3. ^ Raggett, Ned. "In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up - Ministry". Allmusic. Retrieved March 20, 2010. 
  4. ^ Robbins, Ira (September 7, 1990). "In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 9, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Ministry - In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved November 9, 2012. 
  6. ^ Brackett, Nathan. "Ministry". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. November 2004, p. 544. Cited March 20, 2010
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (October 23, 1990). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved December 18, 2016. 
  8. ^ [...], 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. 
  9. ^ "Session with Patty Jourgensen". 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "The Jello Biafra Pledge of Allegiance". Retrieved 2012-02-24.