Ministry was signed to Warner Bros. Records, who made the mistake of giving the band $750,000 to make the album. "We, of course shot it all up our arms and put it up our noses and didn't have a single song to show for it," recounts Jourgensen.
With the budget blown, the band had just this song to show for it - and it didn't even have vocals. "I didn't know what to do with this song. Because it was a crazy 5-4-7-4 beat," said the Ministry frontman. After bringing in Gibby to put the vocals down, they had the completed song, but nothing else for the album. The record label had to make a decision. Said Jourgensen: "We sent Warner Bros. that and they had to figure out if they wanted to double down and give us another $750,000 bucks or whether they wanted to cancel the whole project. Like, get rid of these guys, they're useless. Because we were. We were useless.
So they doubled down and they released 'Jesus Built My Hotrod,' which to this day is still the hottest selling single on Warner Bros. in history. But they had to do that to make their money back, because they'd already put about 1.5 mil into us. And we got one song. By the end of it, we finally got our act together and we created an album. But the first song was a complete accident. This shows the power of the record companies, because they hated it. They were like, What is this? This is stupid. I thought we hired Ministry, instead we get this bing a bang a bong bing bing bing bing, you know, this hillbilly stuff. And they hated it. But it started selling, surprisingly. Because that was released about 6 months before the album was completed. It started selling as a single because they tried to make their money back on anything; they didn't think they were going to get anything else out of us Psalm 69 so they released 'Jesus Built My Hotrod' with Gibby, blithering idiot, talking s--t, just screaming into a mike and falling off his chair.
And they sold it. They sold like 14 million copies of it or something like that. And so then they doubled down and we were able to finish the record. We knew we couldn't shoot the rest of the budget up our arms, so we went in there, rolled up our sleeves, not only to shoot up, but also to work, and finished the album. But that was quite an auspicious beginning to a multi platinum album."