Burton C. Bell of FEAR FACTORY and ASCENSION OF THE WATCHERS recently spoke to the Artisan News Service about his contributions to the final MINISTRY studio album, "The Last Sucker", and the upcoming covers collection, "Cover Up", which will hit stores April 1.
Said Bell: "It was last January , I was talking to a friend, and my friend goes, 'Yeah, MINISTRY is in the studio recording their last record." I was like, 'Their last record?' 'Yeah, it's their very last record.' 'Really?!' And I was thinking to myself, 'Man, if I want to get involved with this, this is the time.' So what did I do? The very next day I called up Al [Jourgensen, MINISTRY mainman]. I was like, 'Al, this is Burton. I met you (at your last New York City show), I know you're doing your last record. I would love to offer my services. I'm there, if you want me I'm there.' He called me like a week later, 'We want you on our record. Come on down.' So he flew me down. I was down there for two weeks. We did 'End Of Days', 'Die In A Crash'. I did another song, it's not on the record, I don't know what happened to it. I started doing those cover songs. It was just like, 'Yeah, this is cool."
Regarding his collaboration with MINISTRY on a cover of THE ROLLING STONES' "Under My Thumb", Bell said, "He (Jourgensen) goes, 'I want you to do a ROLLING STONES...I'm trying to figure out a ROLLING STONES song for you to do.' I'm like, 'OK.' I had no idea that it would be that song. I thought of other songs, but I never would have thought of it. That was like my least favorite ROLLING STONES song. He's like, 'Really?' I even told him, 'Al, I don't really even like that song.' He's like, 'Have you ever read the lyrics?' I said, 'No.' He's like, 'Read the lyrics.' So I read the lyrics, and I actually listened to what Mick [Jagger] was saying. I was like, 'Whoa. This is a total male empowerment song. It was written in the '60s I was like, 'Wow. That's cool.'"
Watch video footage of Burton C. Bell discussing his collaboration with MINISTRY at this location.