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Beers, Steer + Queers - The Compact Disc

Revolting Cocks - Beers, Steer + Queers - The Compact Disc ©1990 Wax Trax
1. Beers, Steers + Queers
2. (Let's Get) Physical
3. In the Neck
4. Get Down
5. Stainless Steel Providers
6. Can't Sit Still
7. Something Wonderful
8. Razor's Edge
9. (Let's Talk) Physical

Of all the various Ministry spin-offs, the Revolting Cocks got the most mileage and in fact had a lengthy career with multiple releases and several tours. The lineup for band has varied from album to album, featuring Al Jourgensen as the mainstay with whatever cast of characters happened to be around at the time. Beers, Steers + Queers may be the band's most famous release. Its title comes from the old saying, "Where I come from, there's only steers and queers, and I don't see no horns, boy." I paraphrase, of course, since I am not fluent in the Texan dialect. Throw in a few beers, and you get a RevCo record.

This particular record included the likes of Jourgensen, longtime sidekick Paul Barker, vocalist Chris Connelly (who, of course, lent his wide range of talents to a couple Ministry albums), Luc Van Aker (whose portfolio barely warrants an aside such as this), and drummer Bill Rieflin. The resulting album is a hodge-podge of rowdy industrial tinged music that might remind some of Twitch era Ministry mixed with a bit more rock guitar. The band spews forth bizarre send up of Olivia Newton-John's "(Let's Get) Physical", which is downright menacing. The album's centerpiece is the fourteen minute long "Get Down", which features an extended guitar jam over a repetitive rhythm. Surprisingly, this works rather well. The remaining songs vary a bit in quality, though there's a reasonable amount of amusement to be found. The album doesn't quite reach the magnitude of creativity on the previous year's Ministry release, The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste. Since quite a few of the cast members appear on both albums, it's reasonable to compare. Right? Good, glad we got that settled.

The album's highlight/lowlight (depending on how masochistic you are with your listening habits) is the final track "(Let's Talk) Physical", which loops Connelly shrieking "talk" for seven minutes. If you can make it through this track and still maintain your good humor, then you deserve a lollipop and a handshake.

Revolting Cocks have always been somewhat hit or miss with me, but I certainly have a soft spot for this album. It definitely is one of the more worthwhile Ministry side bands to pursue.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 02/2010

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