Al Jourgensen

CD Review: Buck Satan and the 666 Shooters, “Bikers Welcome! Ladies Drink Free”

Album: Buck Satan and the 666 Shooters, Bikers Welcome Ladies Drink Free
Label: AFM
Release: January 17, 2012

1. Quicker than Liquor
2. What’s Wrong with Me
3. Medication Nation
4. Drug Store Truck
5. The Only Time I’m Sober Is When You’re Gone
6. Cheap Wine, Cheap Ramen
7. Down the Drain
8. Sleepless Nights and Bar Room Fights
9. Friend of the Devil
10. Ten Long Years In Texas
11. I Hate Every Bone In Your Body Except Mine
12. Take Me Away

By this point everyone knows that Al Jourgensen has gotten Ministry back together and they are about to release a new record. But in the meantime, how many of you were aware that he’s finally released his country record from his alter ego, Buck Satan and the 666 Shooters?”

So Al took his buddies from the current incarnation of Ministry, Mike Scaccia (Rigor Mortis) and Tony Campos (Static-X) and added the unlikely paring of Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick to create this flat-out enjoyable slab of Americana. Coming from angry Al, I would like to call this Hellbilly, but it’s really more fun than that.

It’s not like there’s anything really new here. Although kind of funny, “The Only Time I’m Sober Is When You’re Gone” and “I Hate Every Bone In Your Body Except Mine” seem like titles I’ve heard 100 times before. “Quicker Than Liquor” is one of the catchiest tunes on the record though with the definitive way to off yourself the quickest; “If you want to die much quicker / the answer isn’t liquor / and the answer’s gotta be / heroin and cocaine.” “Sleepless Nights and Bar Room Fights” is indicating the only two things they do right but the third thing is making this super fiddle-filled good time song.

Although this will probably be a one-off record for Al, it doesn’t necessarily feel like a novelty record that much. It’s over 50 minutes long, so he put a lot of effort into making a full album and he seems to know his country music. It’s certainly not anything like what you’d expect from the guy behind Ministry and the Revolting Cocks but it’s a damn fine record if you like some good ol’ beer swillin’ country music.

“Quicker than Liquor”

  • Keith

    I can’t thank you enough for bringing this album to my attention – I have been waiting for it for 20 years or so – ever since Buck Satan’s DJ gigs at Crash Palace on Chicago’s Lincoln Ave (I think that was the dive’s name – I still have hazy fond memories of the bar’s Nancy and Sluggo Jesus painting). When Ministry released the melodic, harmonic, acoustic take of the Dead’s “Friend of the Devil” on the first Bridge School benefit CD, I was shocked at just how well Al could still sing when freed from the avalanche of production effects he slathered on latter day albums. Here’s hoping the next Ministry disc will be equally raw and brilliant; it’s much easier to grasp his dead-on righteous message of fury when you can actually hear him through the noise.

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