Ministry frontman and forerunner of industrial Al Jourgensen lent a hand to fledgling collective Beauty in Chaos for a cover of T. Rex classic "20th Century Boy," which appears on the L.A. band's debut album Finding Beauty in Chaos.
Jourgensen's gruff, unmistakable growl gives a harsh, smoky edge to the otherwise faithful cover of the glam rock track. Uncle Al is of course the star of the video, hamming it up with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth while draped in a shaggy fur vest.
The rest of the group, including founders Michael Ciravolo on guitar and producer Michael Rozon, pound away in the background with the bluesy backbeat and fuzzy guitars chugging along while the chaotic, multi-cam footage spazzes out between crowd and stage shots. Fishnets, furs, studs, and licks are the overarching thematic effect, lending a dirty underground mood to the short.
This is the third single from Finding Beauty in Chaos, which features an all-star lineup of guest musicians. Ice-T, former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, Simon Gallop of the Cure, Robin Zander of Cheap Trick, and Dug Pinnick of King's X are just a few to step in on the album, available now on 33.3 records. Stream and buy the full album on the outfit's Bandcamp and find out more on their Facebook.
Below, watch Al Jourgensen and Ministry's rehearsal performance of "Thieves," from their classic 1989 album A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste.