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Coil

Coil was initially established in London in 1983 as an experimental solo outlet for ex-Psychic TV member John(later"Jhonn")Balance, but became a fully-fledged experimental sonic manipulation unit only a year later, thanks tokeyboardist/programmer Peter Christopherson (Sleazy). The legendary co-founder of Throbbing Gristle and later, PsychicTVbecamerapidly John Balance's new companion , though they were to split as a couple a year afterwards; "this,withoutdamaging ourtrue and deep musical and human friendship in any way" as stated Peter Christopherson in an interview in2007).

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Coil was initially established in London in 1983 as an experimental solo outlet for ex-Psychic TV member John(later"Jhonn")Balance, but became a fully-fledged experimental sonic manipulation unit only a year later, thanks tokeyboardist/programmer Peter Christopherson (Sleazy). The legendary co-founder of Throbbing Gristle and later, PsychicTVbecamerapidly John Balance's new companion , though they were to split as a couple a year afterwards; "this,withoutdamaging ourtrue and deep musical and human friendship in any way" as stated Peter Christopherson in an interview in2007).

After debuting with the 17-minute "ritual" recording "How to Destroy Angels", Balance and Sleazy recruited theaidofPossession’s Stephen Thrower, J.G. “Foetus” Thirlwell, and The Virgin Prunes’ Gavin Friday to record their full-length1984bowScatology, an intense, primal work of sculpted industrial noise thematically devoted to the concepts ofalchemyandtransmutation, that would be also used for several future works ("Gold is The Metal").

Coil spent the next period of its existence exploring visual media. In late 1984 they recorded a rendition ofTaintedLove(originally recorded by Gloria Jones, but made popular by Soft Cell in the 80s), producing a widelybanned,hallucinogenicvideo clip featuring Marc Almond as the Angel of Death; despite considerable controversy at home, thevideoultimately foundits way to the archives of the Museum of Modern Art.

After spending several years working with filmmaker Derek Jarman on the feature The Angelic Conversation, Coilissuedaremixed edition of their soundtrack, though their participation was never to appear on the final cut of the film.

Following 1986’s rare Nightmare Culture, a collaboration with Boyd Rice produced as split release withCurrent93,Christopherson and Balance invited Stephen Thrower to join the group in a full-time capacity.

As a trio, they recorded 1986’s LP Horse Rotorvator, introducing orchestral, jazz, industrial and middle Eastern texturesintothemix; this album included "The Anal Staircase" and "Ostia", an homage to Italian poet Pasolini and one oftheirmasterpieces.

In 1987, Coil issued "The Unreleased Themes for Hellraiser", a collection of atmospheric gothic instrumentalscommissionedforbut ultimately cut from the Clive Barker horror film, followed by compilation album Gold Is the Metal (WiththeBroadestShoulders), a remixed history of the group’s first several years of work.

Unnatural History, another career overview in three volumes, effectively ended the first phase of the band’s career upto1990.

Coil resurfaced a year later with Love’s Secret Domain, their music reflecting then the strong influence of theacidhouseculture. Another long layoff brought on by financial difficulties ended in 1995, when the group - now consistingofSleazy,Balance, and Drew McDowell - signed to Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor’s Nothing Records to release Backwards,analbumwhich was never officially released, although it is available in a number of bootleg versions ( this, will finallybe"transmutated"as "The New Backwards" lately, in 2010).

Additionally, they recorded the LP Worship the Glitch, issued under the name COIL and ELpH, and in 1996 cut"BlackLightDistrict-A Thousand Lights in a Darkened Room", another compilation of new -and not so new- material.

Musick To Play in the Dark", volume one and two, would be another milestone in their career and for many fans,theirabsolutepeak, closing down beautifully a decade of intense creativity.

In 1999 Coil started to work with multi-skilled keyboardist Thighpaulsandra, and re-started to perform live after a 16-yearsgapempty of live appearances. They released six albums and a few semi-bootlegs ("Selvaggina go to thewood","Porto"...)encompassing the various shows they performed during the intense period 2000-2004.

Coil have released lots of material in very limited semi-official editions, and have distributed quite a few CD's and CD-R,onlyavailable at their live performances.

In 2003 COIL started a project to re-issue these tracks and other studio ones, but this came to only one "official" CDissue:"The Remote Viewer". A huge boxed DVD edition was to appear, though, and finally 7 years after (see further).

Dramatically, Jhonn Balance’s long-time struggle with alcoholism and various drugs which damaged his brain, led to hisdeathon13th November, 2004. He fell from the second floor window at his home, while drunk, and died a short time after.

Coil’s last live performance took place at Dublin’s City Hall on 23 October 2004 and would appear on one of the 16-DVDsBoxset “Colour Sound Oblivion”, a huge work of video mastering finally issued in a lush and very limited wooden boxcollectionin2011.

Quite a number of songs were already finished before the death of Jhonn, and were released in 2005 then 2010, asalastfarewell to Jhonn : "The Ape of Naples" and "The New Backwards", consisting of nicely re-worked but mainly oldermaterial.

Peter Christopherson passed away peacefully in his sleep on November 25, 2010. Instead of sending flowers in memoryofPeterChristopherson, people were asked to donate money to help children affected by AIDS in Thailand, the country helovedanddied in. « hide

Similar Bands: Time Machines, Psychic TV, ElPh, Throbbing Gristle

LPs
The New Backwards
2008

3.9
21 Votes
The Ape of Naples
2005

4.2
113 Votes
And the Ambulance Died in His Arms
2005

4.2
21 Votes
Black Antlers
2004

4.1
26 Votes
The Remote Viewer
2002

3.6
14 Votes
Constant Shallowness Leads To Evil
2000

3.6
11 Votes
Musick to Play in the Dark 2
2000

4
47 Votes
Musick To Play In The Dark
1999

4
79 Votes
Astral Disaster
1999

3.6
11 Votes
Worship The Glitch
1995

4
11 Votes
The Angelic Conversation
1994

3.8
10 Votes
Stolen And Contaminated Songs
1992

3.4
8 Votes
Love's Secret Domain
1991

4
58 Votes
Gold Is The Metal (With The Broadest Shoulders)
1987

3.8
12 Votes
Horse Rotorvator
1986

4.2
118 Votes
Scatology
1984

3.8
40 Votes
EPs
How to Destroy Angels
1984

4.5
7 Votes
Live Albums
Live Four
2003

4.6
5 Votes
Compilations
ANS
2004

3.8
6 Votes
Moon's Milk (In Four Phases)
2002

4.1
12 Votes
How To Destroy Angels (Remixes And Re-Recordings)
1992

3.6
7 Votes

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