Album of the Week: Ministry | Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs

“Jesus Built My Hotrod”, which features Butthole Surfers’ singer Gibby Haynes, was the single that convinced Warner to send Ministry more money to make Psalm 69. 1992 was an interesting year.

The official album title is ΚΕΦΑΛΗΞΘ, but it is mostly known as Psalm 69 which refers to Chapter 69 from Aleister Crowley’s The Book of Lies. The extended title, The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs, is a quote directly from Crowley and a reference, by way of a homophone, to the sex position (suck seed/suck eggs). [footnote 1]

Psalm 69 was Ministry’s 5th studio album and it was a hit, relatively speaking. Hell, William Burroughs was featured in the video for the single, “Just One Fix”:

As you can hear, Psalm is as much metal, speed metal, as the band’s usual “industrial” pigeon hole. I prefer to think of Psalm as “mood music”, as I have to be in the right frame of mind to enjoy all of its bite, bile, and blast. Such was the case this week, thus the tip of the hat.

I also happen to be a Butthole Surfers fan (see “Moving To Florida” from Cream Corn from the Socket of Davis), so this really rings my bell on a number of levels:

If you turn Psalm 69 up loud enough, and listen all the way through, I recommend waiting at least 2 weeks before taking a drug test.

On an even personal-er note, Jimi Hendrix’s “If 6 was 9”, from Axis: Bold As Love, took up a special place inside my stuff since the 1970s, which is why I have a 6, or is it a 9?, tattooed on my middle finger. Word is, the inspiration for Jimi’s lyrics came, in part, from Hopi mythology…

You can stream or buy Ministry’s Psalm 69 from the usual places.

 


1. Rock ‘n Roll Trivia: Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page purchased Crowley’s former home, Boleskine House, which sits on the southern bank of Loch Ness