For those of you who haven't heard this little bit of trivia, Ministry started out as a virulently catchy gothic synthpop band. And as far as I'm concerned, Al looked way cooler with spiked hair and makeup than he does as a cyber cowboy. His pouting and prancing is what being a frontman is all about. I do dig the noisy industrial/hardcore they did in the late 80s, but it was all downhill after that. This fey, mannered early stuff is so obviously better than their tone-deaf "metal" output in the 90s that it boggles the mind. A nice reminder that "heavier" is not inherently more worthwhile.