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Dark Side of the Spoon

Dark Side of the Spoon
Ministry Dark Side Of The Spoon.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 8, 1999 (1999-06-08)
LabelWarner Bros.
Ministry chronology
Filth Pig
Dark Side of the Spoon
Greatest Fits
Singles from Dark Side of the Spoon
  1. "Supermanic Soul"
    Released: 1999
  2. "Bad Blood"
    Released: September 17, 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyC+[3]
Q3/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[6]

Dark Side of the Spoon is the seventh studio album by American industrial metal band Ministry, released on June 8, 1999 by Warner Bros. Records. "Bad Blood" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 2000.[8]


Dark Side of the Spoon features less aggressive songs than Ministry's previous albums, and frontman Al Jourgensen had intended it to be the case. He wanted to branch out from the "drug-infused" records of The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste and Psalm 69 to more "unfamiliar territory."

In his autobiography, Jourgensen confirmed that the title has two meanings: one of which is a play on words referencing Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon and the other is the blackened (or dark side) of a spoon heated to dissolve heroin, as several members of the band suffered from long-term addiction to said substance at the time.

The saxophone part of the song "10/10" is taken from the last 22 seconds of "Group Dancers" on the Charles Mingus album The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady. "Whip and Chain" and "Bad Blood" feature vocals from Ty Coon, Al Jourgensen's girlfriend at the time.[9]

Packaging controversy

The album's cover, which features a nude, obese woman sitting in front of a black board with "I will be god" written repeatedly on it; gained controversy and resulted in the album being pulled from Kmart.[10][11]

Track listing

1."Supermanic Soul"Jourgensen, Barker, Svitek, Washam, Hukic3:13
2."Whip and Chain"Jourgensen, Barker, Coon, Svitek4:23
3."Bad Blood"Jourgensen, Barker, Coon, Washam4:59
4."Eureka Pile"Jourgensen, Barker, Svitek, Washam6:22
5."Step"Jourgensen, Barker, Washam4:06
6."Nursing Home"Jourgensen, Barker, Washam7:02
7."Kaif"Jourgensen, Barker, Svitek, Washam5:25
8."Vex & Siolence"Jourgensen, Barker, Svitek, Washam, Hukic5:24
9."10/10"Jourgensen, Barker, Svitek, Washam3:53
68."Everybody (Summertime)" (hidden track) 1:55

Hidden tracks

After the end of track 9, tracks of silence begin. There are 58 silent tracks on the album, totaling 10:26

10."Track 10"2:00
11."Track 11"3:00
12."Track 12"1:10
13."Track 13"0:13
14."Track 14"0:23

Tracks 15 - 67 are all approximately 4 seconds in length.

"Everybody" is track 68 (track 69 on the Japanese edition). Houses of the Molé, another Ministry album, features a hidden track called "Walrus" which is also track 69. According to BMI, track 68 is called "Summertime". Allmusic and the official website of the band refers to this track as "Everybody". ITunes lists this track as "Dialogue".



Additional personnel

Chart positions

Chart (1999) Peak
The Billboard 200[12] 92
German Albums Chart[13] 57
Swedish Albums Chart[14] 51
UK Albums Chart[15] 85


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  2. ^ Huey, Steve. "Dark Side of the Spoon - Ministry". AllMusic.
  3. ^ Vincentelli, Elisabeth (1999-06-11). "Dark Side of the Spoon Review". Entertainment Weekly.
  4. ^ "Album Review - Dark Side Of The Spoon". NME. May 11, 1999.
  5. ^ Elliott, Paul (July 1999). "Review: Ministry - Dark Side Of The Spoon". Q. EMAP Metro Ltd. pp. 120, 121.
  6. ^ Chonin, Neva (June 24, 1999). "Ministry: Dark Side Of The Spoon : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-10-23. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  7. ^ Lepage, Mark (July 1999). "Ministry, Dark Side of the Spoon, Warner Bros". Reviews. Spin. Vol. 15 no. 7. p. 136. Retrieved May 21, 2018 – via Google Books.
  8. ^ "Ministry Mainman Comments On Fifth Grammy Nomination". 2008-12-04. Retrieved September 12, 2013.
  9. ^ Ahmad, Afra. "Ministry FAQ". Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  10. ^ "Ministry's Dark Side Of The Spoon (1999) was banned by Kmart due to its cover". MTV. 2007-10-26. Archived from the original on 2012-01-25.
  11. ^ O'Connor, Christopher (June 15, 1999). "Kmart Bans Ministry LP With Fat, Nude Woman On Cover". MTV. Viacom International Inc. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  12. ^ "The Dark Side of the Spoon - Ministry". Billboard.
  13. ^ "German chart positions" (in German).
  14. ^ "Swedish chart positions".
  15. ^ "Chart Log UK: M - My Vitriol". Zobbel.