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|"Over the Shoulder"|
|Song by Ministry|
|from the album Twitch|
|Length||6:44 (single version)|
5:13 (album version)
"Over the Shoulder" is a song by American rock band Ministry, from their second studio album, Twitch (1986). Written by frontman Al Jourgensen, produced by Adrian Sherwood, and released in November 1985 as a 12-inch single, it was the band’s first recording after signing with Sire Records; the accompanying music video was directed by Peter Christopherson.
"Over the Shoulder" has been described as early example of electro-industrial, as well as synth-pop and synthrock. On Twitch, it is the fifth track with a length of five minutes and thirteen seconds; the single version is six minutes and fourty four seconds long. Musically, the song contains multiple layers of looped synthesizer parts along with distinctive heavy drum machine pattern and Jourgensen's weak vocal appoarch; Billboard editors compared this approach with music of Scritti Politti and Bee Gees, while Miami New Times' Jean Carey wrote that the song "sounds like a giant mosquito" In the same magazine's “Dance Trax” column, writer Brian Chin described it as "a satire." In the later review for the March 1986 issue of Spin Magazine, columnist John Leland praised Sherwood's work with Ministry's “typically banal ideas.”
The single version of "Over the Shoulder" and "Isle of Man" were included as additional tracks on compact disc edition of Twitch in 1990;:32 the song was also to be featured on a 2001 compilation album Greatest Fits, but was left off due to medium limitations.
The music video for "Over the Shoulder" was directed by Peter Christopherson. It consists of footage of two teenagers stealing a car, trashing a grocery store, making a nails-and-gasoline omelet, and driving off with no apparent consequence.
According to Jourgensen, the director[nb 1] hired two kids to perform actions featured in the video. When the band asked to film in a store, the owner refused. The director allegedly paid the same kids to break into the store and trash it, and the band asked once again. The owner, needing money to pay for cleanup, agreed. As Jourgensen put it, "Everything that happened on that video was criminal."
|1.||"Over the Shoulder" (12" Version)||6:44|
|2.||"Isle of Man" (Version II)||4:33|
|3.||"Twitch" (Version II)||1:59|
Credits adapted from liner notes of Twitch.
Thundering beat boxes and vocals as mannered as Scritti Politti heard over the telephone; label debut for the adventurous band.
Tapes of Wrath taps into the rise and demise of this innovative and aggressive Chicago horde: from early aggro ('Over the Shoulder,' 'Flashback') to the top of the slag heap ('Burning Inside,' 'Jesus Built My Hotrod') into eclectic obscurity ('Lay Lady Lay,' 'Bad Blood').
[...] there’s also the fervent environmentalism of the catchy early electro-industrial tune 'Over The Shoulder.'
Nell’86 i Ministry per Over the shoulder lo lasciano delirare con i concetti allo stesso modo in cui loro lo fanno con i suoni, consentendogli di descrivere minuzio come due giovannissimi ladri rubano un’istigazione a delinquere, facendo poi compiere al cantante un furto con effrazione in un supermercato , quindi tendando la metafora tra una macchina distrutta dalla sfasciacarozze e l’apertura di una scatoletta, legando il tutto con il tema ricorrente delle galline in batteria: se ne potrebbe evincere che come atto di ribellione all’omologazione sociale sia giustificato perfino commettere reati.