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CONFIRMED - Ministry's Al Jourgensen DID Sing On A Shasta Commercial In 1983

Al Jourgensen A little over three years ago, the interwebs were abuzz for about 30 seconds over whether or not Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen recorded a commercial for Shasta. The Shasta 'penguin' spot as it became known was recorded in 1983 and features a pop-synth jingle for the canned beverage. At the time, The Gauntlet contacted Ministry's camp, but uncle Al was quite ill so our quest for an answer remained unfulfilled. That is until now.

Al Jourgensen has finally put out an autobiography, "The Lost Gospels According To Al Jourgensen." An excerpt from from the book reads "Before Sire picked up Ministry I was writing TV and radio jingles to help support our drug habits, pay the rent, and feed the baby. I did a commercial for Shasta and some stuff for Huffy, and every time I left the studio I wanted to kill myself. It really put into perspective what my dad had to go through, cutting off his lifelong dream to support a family. That's what I was doing, and it was horrific, but it toughened me up. If you cut me up right now and put me on a plate, I'd be some tough meat. You couldn't eat it; it would be toxic, tough, and chewy. No, there's no cannibalism with me. The deal with Huffy came to an end when I gave them this song for a bike called the Panther, and at the end of this cheesy tune they wanted me to purr loudly into the mike. I said, "Fuck you. Get someone else to purr. I quit."

Check out the commercial below and pick up Al's book here.

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    July 08, 2013

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