Thursday, 1 December 2011

KM - "Ministry - Jesus Built My Hotrod" Deconstruction

Artist: Ministry
Song Title: Jesus Built My Hotrod
Genre: Industrial Metal
Year: 2006

"Jesus Built My Hotrod" is a 1991 single by Ministry and was the band's most popular song up to that point.[citation needed] The track features a driving beat and speed metal guitar work backing Butthole Surfers' singer Gibby Haynes gonzo vocal stylings.
The song was released November 7, 1991, a little more than half a year before it appeared on Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck EggsMuchMusicand MTV championed the accompanying video (which featured, among others, various footage of vintage NASCAR and drag racing events) and it enjoyed repetitive plays on both stations. The photo that adorns the cover of the single depicts a 1970 Chrysler 440 Six Barrel V8 engine. At one point in the video, a 1970 Plymouth GTX or possibly Roadrunner, equipped with the 440 Six Barrel engine, is shown driving down the street, as the "Air Grabber" hood scoop opens.
The song reached number 19 on the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks chart, was number eight on ARIA's alternative singles for 1992 and was number 3 in John Peel's Festive Fifty for 1992. Source - Wikipedia.

The video starts off with a voice talking about Jesus being the devil, over the top of a pixelated out face with a black background, this quite disturbing start to the video is typical of the Industrial metal genre, for example the very abstract video for "The Perfect Drug" by Nine Inch Nails. Black and white footage is used in the video, which is another common convention of the genre, and is something which we are planning on using in our music video, another aspect that features in the video that we are planning to use is the use of multiple video layers, as this is something that can be done in the editing stage on Final Cut.

Ministry, Jesus Built My Hotrod from Paul Elledge on Vimeo.

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