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“Jesus Built My Hotrod”

Ministry | 1991

One of Ministry's most popular singles/videos, "Jesus Built My Hotrod," featured the vocal talents of the Butthole Surfers' Gibby Haynes. But as Ministry's Al Jourgensen explained, it wasn't easy capturing Haynes' performance. "Gibby came down completely drunk off his ass to the studio we're at in Chicago. He couldn't even sit on a stool, let alone sing. I mean, he was wasted. He fell off the stool about ten times during the recording of that vocal. He made no sense and it was just gibberish. So I spent two weeks editing tape of what he did." Although initially released as a stand-alone single, "Hotrod" would be included several months later on the Ministry album, Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs.

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“Madame George”

Van Morrison | 1968

One of the first stream-of-consciousness epics to make it onto a Van Morrison record, his drawn-out farewell to the eccentric "Madame George" lasted nearly 10 minutes, combining ingredients from folk, jazz and classical music. The character that gave the song its title provoked speculation that it was about a drag queen, though Morrison denied this in Rolling Stone. "If you see it as a male or a female or whatever, it's your trip," he remarked. "I see it as a ... a Swiss cheese sandwich. Something like that."

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