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Ministry’s Al Jourgensen Recalls Humiliating Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst During Recording Session

Al Jourgensen / Fred Durst
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In the history of metal, which musician has the best stories to tell? Ozzy Osbourne comes to mind instantly, but Ministry‘s Al Jourgensen may have him beat. There are a million, “Did I just read that?!” moments in Jourgensen’s new authorized biography, ‘Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen,’ but in a new interview, the industrial pioneer shares a great tale about making Limp Bizkit‘s Fred Durst get naked during a recording session.

To answer your first question, no, Durst wasn’t even allowed to wear his red backwards cap, so don’t ask. However, the frontman’s scalp wasn’t subjected to any nudity, as Durst’s head remained covered by a cowboy hat. Jourgensen describes the hilarious hazing story in a new interview with Rolling Stone.

Jourgensen proclaims:

The Limp-dickster motherf—er, whatever his name is. I got him naked and in a cowboy hat [in a recording studio]! I’m showing him, ‘Look, you want my sound? This is my sound. This is what I use.’ And he wouldn’t believe it because just by hitting the magic button on the harmonizer that it wouldn’t make him sound exactly like me. He was that naïve. I’m like, ‘Well, try the cowboy hat.’ So I gave him my cowboy hat. . . and it still sounded like s–t. So I go, ‘Why don’t you try and get naked? That’s how I sing.’ I was just bulls–tting him. So he goes out and does that, and is thoroughly embarrassed, again. And then he just left. I got paid to just humiliate him for three songs. It was awesome.

We recently were also treated to a chat with Jourgensen, during part of which the Ministry mastermind revealed that if he hadn’t become a professional musician, he would have been a teacher. Stay tuned for the rest of Loudwire’s exclusive interview with Al Jourgensen coming very soon, and to buy a copy of ‘Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen,’ click here.

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