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‘No extra crying’: The story behind Aimee Mann’s heartbreaking music about Al Jourgensen of Ministry

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‘No extra crying’: The story behind Aimee Mann’s heartbreaking music about Al Jourgensen of Ministry

The multi-talented Aimee Mann.

The look on her face, it simply provides her away, she will be able to’t take any extra
Hoist up your white flag, name for a truce
Strive separation, we each stand to lose
She appears in your eyes as we are saying our goodbyes and she or he says

Say you’re sorry.

—lyrics for “Say You’re Sorry” from Ministry’s 1983 album With Sympathy.

Of the numerous, many issues Al Jourgensen wrote about in his 2013 tell-all autobiography Ministry: The Misplaced Gospels In accordance with Al Jourgensen, one involved his brief romantic liaison with Aimee Mann.  Within the e-book, Jourgensen speaks fondly of his time with Mann once they have been seeing one another in Boston within the early 80s noting that he was the inspiration for the band’s worldwide smash, “Voices Carry.” Right here’s extra from Uncle Al on Aimee from web page 53 of his autobiography:

“The one advantage of being in Boston was hooking up with Aimee Mann. She break up her time between her place and mine the place she was residing with one other man. What we had was way more than only a fling, and we’ve stayed in contact over time. She advised me the hit music she did with ‘Til Tuesday, “Voices Carry” was about me, which was very flattering.”

In a 2013 MTV interview, Jourgensen was requested about his relationship with Mann, and he reiterated, fairly coyly I would add, that “Voices Carry” was about him. Al then appears to lose his reminiscence about what the identify of the music is, and admits he’s by no means even heard it, nor seen the almost ubiquitous 1984 music video that made ‘Til Tuesday well-known. If the concept of Aimee and Al being a factor is all types of adverse to wrap your thoughts round, maybe you’re simply caught on the Psalm 69 model of Ministry from 1992. The early 80s model of Ministry was, as it’s possible you’ll know, a lot totally different than when Al and the band had Jesus construct that sizzling rod for them. It was all synths and if you’re aware of the band’s debut With Sympathy, you then most likely already know the place I’m going with this: just about each music on With Sympathy is about shit going sideways with a lady. Additionally vital to notice is that after parting methods along with her band Younger Snakes, Aimee would grow to be part of Ministry for a short time on the behest of Jourgensen, throughout which period she stated she “discovered the way to write effectively” and construct her confidence—ultimately forming ‘Til Tuesday within the early 80s.

Uncle Al within the early 80s.
So, does this imply that “Voices Carry” will not be about Al? The definitive reply comes from Al’s former flame who, you recognize, wrote the music:

On November 22, 1985, the South Florida Solar-Sentinel printed an interview with Mann performed by Rolling Stone journalist David Fricke, by which she mentioned the inspiration for “Voices Carry.” Initially, Mann penned the music whereas fascinated with a skittish girlfriend of hers which left Epic Data govt Dick Wingate feeling as if Mann was pining away for a woman, giving the music a “homosexual vibe.” Mann reworked the phrases, changing “he” with “she” as she mirrored that the music was certainly a couple of “relationship” she was going by way of on the time. It’s additionally been stated that Mann drew inspiration from her failed relationship with Michael Hausman, ‘Til Tuesday’s drummer and later Mann’s supervisor.

In one other interview with Fricke on Friday, October 18th, 1985 in Colorado’s Gazette Telegraph Mann plainly said that the music “No Extra Crying” on Voices Carry was about Al Jourgensen and “nothing else.” If it’s been some time because you felt like shit due to a breakup, listed below are among the heart-stomping lyrics that can assist you keep in mind how a lot it sucks:

There isn’t any love right here
(There isn’t any love)
Just some kind of blackmail
No matter you are feeling
(No matter you are feeling)
Most likely solely comes down
To female and male

No extra crying
Over you
No extra crying
Over you
No extra crying
Over you
No extra crying
Due to you

Discovered myself pondering
(You shouldn’t suppose)
He was nearly honest
However you recognize rumors
(You understand that speak)
You consider what you hear

No extra crying over you
No extra crying over you
No extra crying over you
No extra crying

I noticed it coming
(However you let it come)
It’s the identical previous story
You ignore his mendacity
Imagine him when he says
That he’s sorry

Perhaps Al stated “Voices Carry” was about him to deflect away from the truth that Aimee Mann stated she wrote a music about him that actually makes use of the phrase “crying” fifteen fucking occasions? At any fee, this (hopefully) concludes this investigative report filed beneath “What the fuck did Al Jourgensen say now?”

The interview with Mann within the Colorado Gazette Telegraph the place she states that the music “No Extra Crying” is about Al Jourgensen. View greater decision archive right here

One other publicity picture of Jourgensen from the early 80s.

‘Til Tuesday performing “No Extra Crying” on the Ritz in 1986.
HT: Christopher Bickel

Beforehand on Harmful Minds:
Al Jourgensen and Gibby Haynes have been Timothy Leary’s psychedelic guinea pigs
Al Jourgensen & Trent Reznor’s cowl of Black Sabbath’s ‘Supernaut,’ remixed by Die Krupps
Helmets of blood: The Misplaced Gospels of Al Jourgensen
Tremendous-early video of The Police acting at legendary Boston rock membership the ‘Rat’ in 1978
The Fight Zone: A glance again at Boston’s legendary dens of sleaze

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