Al Jourgensen Quotes

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'Rock n' Roll Animal,' the live album, is one of the greatest live albums out there. It was a huge influence on me.
— Al Jourgensen

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Ah, man, if I could ever hook up with Tom Waits, I'd be the happiest camper in Yellowstone, alright? That's the one guy.

Al Jourgensen

Art is commenting on what's going on around you in your life.

Al Jourgensen

Basically, an artist should be a mirror, or a reflection of society or his or her environment. What you see is what you can articulate.

Al Jourgensen

Being on stage is not creating, it's re-creating.

Al Jourgensen

Eventually, when I sell enough units, as they say in the record business, I will stop touring. I'll concentrate on what I like to do... stay in the studio.

Al Jourgensen

Everyone reaches their point in time where either they die or they get sick of doing drugs. It started getting debilitating. I enjoy my music a lot better than my drugs.

Al Jourgensen

Everything shapes you to be the person you are today. Sometimes hard lessons pay off dividends.

Al Jourgensen

I can't control what people think of me, and I stopped really caring a long time ago.

Al Jourgensen

I don't think I've ever done anything professionally.

Al Jourgensen

I don't think we have the right haircut or tattoos for politics.

Al Jourgensen

I don't want people buying my records for this summer's hit. I want people buying them because they're interested in what Ministry will have to say in the future.

Al Jourgensen

I get along great with all of my exes. That's really cool. That's a good sign.

Al Jourgensen

I got my influences from '70s bands - Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, blah blah blah. When I was growing up, we had all these crazy bands on the Top 40. Today, if Pink Floyd released 'Money,' it wouldn't even get played.

Al Jourgensen

I hate bands that hang around, like, 10 years too long - they're like the drunk at a party you can't get rid of.

Al Jourgensen

I just tell you what I feel. I go out there, you put a quarter on my tongue, twist my ear and I'll spit out some hit for you.

Al Jourgensen

I love doing film soundtracks and working with directors on how they want the scene to be portrayed on audio as opposed to visual. I like the collaborative effort of working with people.

Al Jourgensen

I never read comic books as a kid.

Al Jourgensen

I never want to be in that stage where a band ends up playing state fairs and casinos. I am not willing to go out shooting up Botox and eating corn dogs while judging pig contests.

Al Jourgensen

I scare the neighbors, the kids... They don't come to my house for trick-or-treating, trust me. I had to buy exactly zero amount of dollars worth of candy for the past couple of years.

Al Jourgensen

I think we were colonized by aliens 250,000 years ago, and they genetically altered our DNA to be primates into homo erectus and humans. I'm very interested in how we evolved so suddenly, which obviously ties in with the alien thing.

Al Jourgensen

I was a pretty delinquent little kid. My folks and I didn't get along, so I basically moved out... put myself through high school and then college by working. I'm only a half-year short of a degree in history.

Al Jourgensen

I was stupid when I started: the epitome of bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. It was like, 'I get to live in L.A. and drive around in limos? Really?' I didn't realize I was owned. The more money gets pumped into you, the more you become a marionette. It made me a true redneck in attitude: I never wanted to wake up ever again feeling owned.

Al Jourgensen

I'd still prefer to do five nights at a club than one night at Allstate Arena.

Al Jourgensen

I'm a studio rat. I like going in there as producer.

Al Jourgensen

I'm a very firm believer in karma, and put it this way: I get a lot of good parking spots.

Al Jourgensen

I'm a very reluctant frontman. I've seen reviews where they talk about my strong presence on stage, but it's nothing I do. It's like the person in a long grocery line who stands out because he's so agitated. He'll have presence, too.

Al Jourgensen

I'm an all-or-nothing guy. When I'm working, I work, work, work, work, work, and when I'm not, I'm the laziest sloth this planet has ever provided us.

Al Jourgensen

I'm done with industrial. Seriously, my iPod collection at home has no industrial music on it; it's strictly jazz, blues and country.

Al Jourgensen

I'm envious of people that can handle the press. No matter what I say or how articulately I say it, it always comes back to the same issues. And it's getting kind of old.

Al Jourgensen

I'm getting a bunch more face tattoos, because it doesn't look like I'm ever going to have to apply to a Walmart or Best Buy.

Al Jourgensen

I'm not a malicious person. When you get past the tattoos and leather, I give people a fair shake. There are periods when I've sowed some wild oats, no doubt about it. And I can party with some of the heavyweights. There are some stories about me that, yeah, where there's smoke there's fire. But sometimes the smoke is just smoke.

Al Jourgensen

I'm not a real Halloween kind of guy, because Halloween is every day.

Al Jourgensen

I'm not working at the Chevron, although I'd probably be the best person to work the night shift. Look at me. Nobody would try to steal a Snickers on my watch.

Al Jourgensen

I'm still a recluse. I still hate everyone. I'm still a misanthrope.

Al Jourgensen

I'm the biggest Blackhawks fan ever. I've been going to games since I was 6 years old.

Al Jourgensen

I've never seen the Osbournes, I've never seen Paris Hilton. I'd rather read than watch reality TV. I'd rather live life than watch somebody else living it.

Al Jourgensen

I've seen 48 Stanley Cups in my life. I was about six or seven when I started going to games with my dad.

Al Jourgensen

If I did all the stuff I've been accused of - or credited with - there's no way I could make all this music. I'd be drinking myself into the grave.

Al Jourgensen

If you had a Ministry box set under your Christmas tree, wrapped in paper, 'From Beer to Eternity' is the bow that goes around the present, you know what I mean?

Al Jourgensen

If you remember the '90s, you weren't there.

Al Jourgensen

In Ministry, we've only had one message: Think for yourself.

Al Jourgensen

It certainly is gravy every day above ground right now, after kicking that heroin habit. I've been given a second chance in life, and I don't want to let a minute go by without enjoying it.

Al Jourgensen

It's such a stupid thing to sign a band and then demand a hit right away to instantly recoup the money. The point is, you have to do it by building your own following, and that is not necessarily done by writing instant hits.

Al Jourgensen

It's typical of record companies. They sign you because you're unique, and then they want to put you in a mold so they can sell records.

Al Jourgensen

Let's get with it, guys: You don't need to hear a Ministry song to get political. You should be political on your own. We're just a side project to society. So do I care what people think about me personally? No. I just do what I do.

Al Jourgensen

Listen, man: I am not the industrial godfather, king, whatever. I don't relish that title. I don't like it. I think it's limiting. I do country, I do blues. I don't just go straight.

Al Jourgensen

Ministry is just ZZ Top with technology.

Al Jourgensen

Nothing exceeds like excess.

Al Jourgensen

Obama might as well be president of Turkey or Brazil; it does not matter. It's the system that is absolutely flawed, where 25 or 35 or 50 people make multi, multi-billions on building Olympic structures while people live in Barbados and have no roads or clean drinking water. There's something pretty inequitable there.

Al Jourgensen

'Rock n' Roll Animal,' the live album, is one of the greatest live albums out there. It was a huge influence on me.

Al Jourgensen