Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs

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Studio album by Ministry
Released July 14, 1992
Recorded 1991–1992 at Chicago Trax Studios
Genre Industrial metal, alternative metal[1]
Length 44:38
Label Sire, Warner Bros.
Producer Hypo Luxa, Hermes Pan
Ministry chronology
In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up
(1990)In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up1990
Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs
Singles from Psalm 69
  1. "Jesus Built My Hotrod"
    Released: November 7, 1991
  2. "N.W.O."
    Released: July 1992
  3. "Just One Fix"
    Released: January 21, 1993[2]

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.[3]

Video game composer Frank Klepacki cites Psalm 69 album as a primary influence in creating the iconic Industrial soundtrack in 1995's Command & Conquer video game.[4]


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.[5][6]

The song "Jesus Built My Hotrod" features guest vocals by Gibby Haynes of the Butthole Surfers.[7] 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.[8]


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).

Subsequent to the album's release, Ministry put multiple references to the number 69 in future albums. For example, the albums Dark Side of the Spoon and Houses of the Molé both had hidden tracks with a track number of 69.

Reception and awards[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[9]
Entertainment Weekly A−[11]
Kerrang! 3/5 stars[14]
Q 3/5 stars[12]
Robert Christgau A-[13]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[10]

"N.W.O." was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance at the Grammy Awards of 1993, but lost to Nine Inch Nails' "Wish".[15] Psalm 69 was ranked #80 on Rolling Stone magazine's Top 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time list, with author Suzy Exposito concluding that "the result of the album was a manic drag race into a swampy hellmouth of thrash Americana – and it worked. Psalm 69 went platinum and peaked at Number 27 on the Billboard 200, allowing other industrial acts passage into the charts, including Marilyn Manson, Rammstein and Orgy". [16]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "N.W.O." Jourgensen, Barker 5:31
2. "Just One Fix" Jourgensen, Barker, Rieflin, Balch 5:11
3. "TV II" Jourgensen, Barker, Scaccia, Rieflin, Connelly 3:04
4. "Hero" Jourgensen, Barker, Rieflin 4:13
5. "Jesus Built My Hotrod" (featuring Gibby Haynes) Jourgensen, Barker, Balch, Rieflin, Haynes 4:51
6. "Scarecrow" Jourgensen, Barker, Scaccia, Rieflin, Balch 8:21
7. "Psalm 69" Jourgensen, Barker 5:29
8. "Corrosion" Jourgensen, Barker 4:56
9. "Grace" Jourgensen, Barker, Beno 3:05



  • "All right! It's all right!" - The Freelance Photographer (played by Dennis Hopper, Apocalypse Now)
  • "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." - President George 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! [crowd cheering]", "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.

"Just One Fix"[edit]

"TV II"[edit]

  • "Doesn't know a good thing when he..." - The Betsy


"Jesus Built My Hotrod"[edit]

All the samples used in "Jesus Built My Hotrod" appear on the Redline/Whiteline version from the single release, not on the album version.

  • "Let's hit... the fuc'...kin' road!" - Blue Velvet
  • [Tires squealing] - Blue Velvet
  • "Nobody with a good car needs to worry about nothin', do you understand?" - Wise Blood
  • "Nobody with a good car needs to be justified." - Wise Blood
  • "I come a long way since I believed in anything, and I come halfway around the world." - Wise Blood
  • "What are you talking about? Where you came from is gone, where you thought you were going to weren't never there, and where you are ain't no good unless you can get away from it...." - Wise Blood


"Psalm 69"[edit]



  • "Armageddon", "Doomsday", "The final battle", "Apocalypse", "[screaming]" - Armageddon


  • "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)"

Chart positions and certifications[edit]

Music certifications
Year Country Award Copies sold
1992 Canada[24] Gold 50,000
1993 United States[25] Gold 500,000
1995 Platinum 1,000,000
2006 Australia[26] Gold 35,000



Additional personnel[edit]


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