N.W.O. (song)

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Single by Ministry
from the album Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs
Released July 1992
Recorded 1991
Genre Industrial metal[1]
Length 5:31
  • Hypo Luxa
  • Hermes Pan
Ministry singles chronology
"Jesus Built My Hotrod"
"Just One Fix"
Music video
“N.W.O.” on Vimeo

"N.W.O." (New World Order) is a song by American rock band Ministry, released as the opening track and second single from their fifth studio album, Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs (1992). An industrial metal song, it was co-written and co-produced by the band’s frontman Al Jourgensen and bassist Paul Barker, and is widely regarded as a protest against then-President George H. W. Bush, featuring samples from his speeches.[2] The song was nominated for a Grammy Award under the Best Metal Performance category in 1993,[3] and was featured in the soundtrack album of Ralph Bakshi’s 1992 flim Cool World.[4] In 2015, "N.W.O." was ranked #10 in the VH1 "Top 10 Hardest Hitting Heavy Metal Political Anthems" list.[5]

The promotional single, featuring two mixes of "N.W.O." and a non-album instrumental track "Fucked", has been released around the same time with its parent album,[6] and topped out on the Billboard Modern Rock chart at no. 11.[7] The music video for “N.W.O.” was directed by Peter Christopherson.

The majority of the video is a mix of police beatings, riots, and gunfights. It also includes a scene in which a woman dressed as the Statue of Liberty is beaten by police in a manner similar to the famous amateur video of Rodney King being beaten by police.[8][9] The video was featured on Beavis and Butt-Head along with another track from Psalm 69, "Just One Fix".

The song was featured in the video game Need for Speed: The Run.[10]

Track listing

No. Title Credit Length
1. "N.W.O." (Album Edit) 4:40
2. "Fucked"
3. "N.W.O." (Extended Dance mix)   8:11


Credits adapted from the liner notes of the “N.W.O.” single, Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs and Greatest Fits.[11]


  1. ^ Rammstein on Fire: New Perspectives on the Music and Performances. McFarland. 2013. p. 61. ISBN 1476613052.
  2. ^ Dimartino, Dave (July 31, 1992). "Music Review: 'Psalm 69'". Entertainment Weekly. No. 129. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  3. ^ "Ministry Mainman Comments On Fifth Grammy Nomination". Blabbermouth.net. December 4, 2008. Retrieved June 13, 2018.
  4. ^ Mills, Ted. "Cool World [Original Soundtrack]". AllMusic. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  5. ^ McPadden, Mike (November 6, 2015). "The Top 10 Hardest Hitting Heavy Metal Political Anthems". VH1. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  6. ^ Greene, Jo-Ann (April 2, 1993). "Ministry". Goldmine. Vol. 19 no. 7 (331). p. 40. ISSN 1055-2685 – via Prongs.org archive.
  7. ^ Цалер, И. В. (2009). Популярная музыка XX века [Popular Music in the 20th Century] (in Russian). Moscow: Avanta Plus. p. 295. ISBN 978-5-4215-0027-8.
  8. ^ Mühlmann, Wolf-Rüdiger (1999). Letzte Ausfahrt, Germania: ein Phänomen namens Neue Deutsche Härte (in German). I.P. Verlag. p. 47. ISBN 3-931624-12-9.
  9. ^ Welker, Holly (2007). "The Rodney King Beating Trial: A Landmark for Reform". Crimes and Trials of the Century [2 volumes]. 2. ABC-Clio. p. 155. ISBN 1573569739 – via Google Books.
  10. ^ "Need for Speed Soundtrack Announced!". needforspeed.com. Electronic Arts. November 7, 2011. Archived from the original on November 12, 2011. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  11. ^
    • "N.W.O." (CD booklet). Ministry. Sire Records. 1992. 9362-40514-2.
    • ΚΕΦΑΛΗΞΘ (CD booklet). Ministry. Sire Records. 1992. 9 26727-2.
    • Greatest Fits (liner notes). Ministry. Warner Bros. Records. 2001. 9 48115-2.

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