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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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“Long Walk Home”

Bruce Springsteen | 2007

When the subject of this mournful song returns home, he hardly recognizes his town. Springsteen told Rolling Stone the alienation the man feels is a metaphor for life in a politically altered post-9/11 America. “Who would have ever thought we’d live in a country without habeas corpus?” he said. “That’s Orwellian. That’s what political hysteria is about and how effective it is. I felt it in myself. You get frightened for your family, for your home. And you realize how countries can move way off course, very far from democratic ideals.”

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