Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs (or as simply referred to as Psalm 69) is the common title for the fifth studio album by industrial metal band Ministry, released in 1992 on Sire Records. The actual title of the album is ΚΕΦΑΛΗΞΘ, which is made up of κεφαλή (kephalē), a Greek word meaning "head" (and by extension "heading" or "chapter"), and ΞΘ, the number 69 in Greek numerals. The title Psalm 69 is used for simplicity's sake. The album gave Ministry a more mainstream audience, with the track "Jesus Built My Hotrod" receiving major airplay on MTV and various other music stations.[specify]Psalm 69 also marked Ministry's first release with guitarist Mike Scaccia, who was recruited by band frontman and founder Al Jourgensen in 1989.
The record company Sire gave the band $750,000 to make the album; frontman Al Jourgensen and guitarist Mike Scaccia spent almost $1,000 a day of the money on drugs.
The song "Jesus Built My Hotrod" features guest vocals by Gibby Haynes from the Butthole Surfers. Jourgensen explained the process of collaborating with Haynes during the recording process:
Gibby came down completely drunk off his ass to the studio we're at in Chicago. He couldn't even sit on a stool, let alone sing. I mean, he was wasted. He fell off the stool about ten times during the recording of that vocal. He made no sense and it was just gibberish. So I spent two weeks editing tape of what he did.
The title of the album is directly linked to chapter 69 of The Book of Lies, a written work of Aleister Crowley, where he uses the expression "The way to succeed and the way to suck eggs" as a pun for the 69 sex position ("suck seed" and "suck eggs"). Moreover, Crowley titled the chapter ΚΕΦΑΛΗΞΘ, Greek κεφαλη or "head" and ΞΘ or "69" (both slang in English for oral sex - but not the original ancient Greek words).
"What we are looking at is good and evil, right and wrong." "A new world order!" "We're not about to make that same mistake twice." - PresidentGeorge H. W. Bush
Also worth noting, towards the end of the song, there is a guitar riff, by Randy Hansen, which is a looped sample from a transistor radio in the film Apocalypse Now.
Additional samples of Bush saying "God bless America! [croud sheering]", "Wait... Watch and learn.", and "I believe in freedom", and Joseph McCarthy saying "I'm not setting myself above any law", appear on the extended dance mix from the single release.
"Jesus Built My Hotrod" was released in 1991 on 12", cassette and CD, featuring "Jesus Built My Hotrod (Redline/Whiteline Version)", "Jesus Built My Hotrod (Short, Pussillanimous, So-They-Can-Fit-More-Commercials-On-The-Radio Edit)", and "TV Song", and on 7", omitting "Jesus Built My Hotrod (Redline/Whiteline Version)"
"N.W.O." was released in 1992 on 12" and CD, featuring "N.W.O. (Extended Dance Mix)", "Fucked", and "N.W.O."
"Just One Fix" was released in 1993 on 12" and CD, featuring "Just One Fix (12" Edit)", "Quick Fix" (a remix of "Just One Fix") and "Just one Fix (Video Edit)"