In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up

In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up is a live album by American industrial metal band Ministry, released on September 4, 1990 by Sire Records.

In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up
Live album by
ReleasedSeptember 4, 1990
RecordedFebruary 22, 1990
VenueHoliday Star Theatre, Merrillville, Indiana
GenreIndustrial metal
Ministry chronology
The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste
In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up
Psalm 69
Alternative cover
2017 re-release
2017 re-release

Critical reception and legacyEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music     [2]
Entertainment WeeklyB[3]
MusicHound Rock     [4]
Q     [5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide     [6]
The Village VoiceA–[7]
Spinno score[8]
Spin Alternative Record Guide8 / 10[9]

Audio from the live performance of "Breathe", subtitled "Live from Gulag", has been featured in Warner Bros. Records' 1990 compilation album Just Say Da, volume four of the Just Say Yes series.[10]:38

In 2005, In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up was ranked number 328 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[11]

Track listingEdit

1."The Missing"3:35
3."So What"11:29
4."Burning Inside"6:23

Live NecronomiconEdit

This 2017 re-release features more songs including covers from side-projects & bands like Lard, a Jourgensen and Barker side project featuring Jello Biafra, and Skinny Puppy with their frontman Nivek Ogre on vocals. In addition, the songs that had already appeared on In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up (eg. The Missing) are presented raw and without any of the overdubbing present on the initial release.

Disc 1Edit

1."Breathe"Al Jourgensen, Paul Barker, William Rieflin, Chris Connelly, Kevin Ogilvie8:37
2."The Missing"Jourgensen3:37
3."The Deity"Jourgensen3:29
4."Man Should Surrender"Jourgensen, Barker, Rieflin, Ian MacKaye3:54
5."No Bunny"Jourgensen, Barker, Rieflin, MacKaye, Eric Spicer6:15
6."Smothered Hope" (Skinny Puppy cover)Ogilvie, Kevin Crompton5:11
7."So What"Jourgensen, Barker, Rieflin, Connelly11:19
8."Burning Inside"Jourgensen, Barker, Rieflin, Connelly6:38

Disc 2Edit

1."Thieves"Jourgensen, Barker, Connelly5:09
3."Public Image" (Public Image Ltd cover)John Lydon, Keith Levene, Jah Wobble, Jim Walker2:47
4."The Power of Lard"Jourgensen, Barker, Jeff Ward, Jello Biafra8:11
5."Hellfudge"Jourgensen, Barker, Ward, Biafra7:03
6."The Land of Rape & Honey"Jourgensen, Barker5:36


A companion home video also exists, featuring the same tracks as the audio except it is bookended by two "bonus" songs, "Breathe" and "The Land of Rape and Honey",[10]:38 and incorporates footage from two concerts, including the Merrillville, Indiana concert and a December 1989 New Year's Eve concert in Chicago. According to Patty Marsh (Al Jourgensen's wife in this time), the band were annoyed at having to wear exactly the same clothing on both concert dates and the video was difficult to edit properly due to small differences in each.[12]

The beginning of the concert starts with a very textured dual drum jam then segues into "Breathe". After playing "Stigmata", Jello Biafra comes on stage and reads his own rendition of The Pledge of Allegiance.[13] After that, the band returns for an encore of "The Land of Rape and Honey." Biafra remains on stage giving an almost dadaist performance art routine, largely alternating between sucking his thumb and giving a Nazi salute.



  1. ^ Raggett, Ned. "In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up - Ministry". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin, ed. (1998). "Ministry". Encyclopedia of Popular Music. 5 (3rd ed.). Muse UK Ltd. pp. 3692–3693. ISBN 1561592374 – via the Internet Archive.
  3. ^ Robbins, Ira (September 7, 1990). "In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  4. ^ Christensen, Thor (1999). "Ministry". In Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds.). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide (loan required). Detroit: Visible Ink Press. p. 762. ISBN 978-1-57859-061-2 – via the Internet Archive.
  5. ^ "Ministry - In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved November 9, 2012.
  6. ^ McLeod, Kembrew (November 2004). "Ministry". In Brackett, Nathan (ed.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York: Simon & Schuster. p. 544. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8 – via Internet Archive.
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (October 23, 1990). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  8. ^ Eddy, Chuck (February 1991). Greer, Jim (ed.). "Ministry, In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up (Sire)". Spins. Spin. Vol. 6 no. 11. pp. 67–68. Retrieved March 11, 2020 – via the Internet Archives.
  9. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. New York: Vintage Books. pp. 250–251. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  10. ^ a b Greene, Jo-Ann (April 2, 1993). "Ministry" (scans). Goldmine. Vol. 19 no. 7 (331). pp. 26, 28, 32, 38, 40. ISSN 1055-2685. Retrieved October 13, 2018 – via the archive.
  11. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 79. ISBN 3-89880-517-4.
  12. ^ "Session with Patty Jourgensen". 2013. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  13. ^ "The Jello Biafra Pledge of Allegiance". Retrieved February 24, 2012.