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If you grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 80s and you listened to Live 105 and especially Steve Masters on Live 105 then you will surely remember Everyday Is Halloween by Ministry. Not the Ministry that is known for Jesus Built My Hotrod and NWO from the 90s but the Ministry that is known for songs like Work For Love, Effigy and I Wanted To Tell Her! The more synthy, dance pop cuts that were forced onto Ministry by Arista Records to produce under contract. Well I’m glad they were forced into it because if not then we wouldn’t have them. The pre industrial cuts Ministry did were pretty classic at least to me but unfortunately that was not what Ministry wanted to do. Right after they released their one and only album under contract to Arista Records, With Sympathy (everyone should have this in their music collection btw as I think it’s a masterpiece) they went right into industrial dance territory, EBM which later became their hard core speed metal grunge industrial aggro sound that they became mostly known for. They released Every Day Is Halloween under contract to Wax Trax Records. This is the true Ministry sound. I love their sound and style here with cuts like Every Day Is Halloween, All Day, Cold Life and more. True EBM, Industrial dance classics or whatever you want to call it. Even bordering on goth! Evidenced on the Greatest 12 Inches from the Wax Trax label. So being a big fan of Everyday Is Halloween I had to pick up the greatest hits disc called Every Day Is Halloween: The Greatest Tricks.
Ok this is kind of cheezy although I do like the beats to this remix of Every Day Is Halloween but its sounding like it’s re-recorded so the vocals sound completely different than the original. I have a feeling for this greatest hits collection they couldn’t get the rights to or couldn’t afford the rights so they re-recorded it which cost them much less. Well it’s fine. It’s almost like a cover with an updated remixed sound. I dig it! The rest of the album though, hmm. You be the judge. Every Day Is Halloween: The Greatest Tricks even has a death metal version too. Not my cup of tea. Sorry! There are plenty of remakes or covers on the album too including a cover of the Amy Winehouse classic Rehab. Ok? What next! The Theme to A Summers Place?