1983 – A Slow Fade to Transparency

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“How to Destroy Angels/A Slow Fade to Transparency”

24th August 1983 – “How to Destroy Angels/A Slow Fade to Transparency” – Air Gallery, London, UK

Set List

  1. How to Destroy Angels


Feeling: Messy

Only performance of the song. With Zos Kia.

The Air Gallery hosted a 2-day festival. Coil’s performance was more of an experimental art piece rather than a gig, with half-naked John Balance and John Gosling covering themselves and each other with oils, fake blood, lotions, and other fluids. Apparently Peter played the backing “How to Destroy Angels” tape, but listening to the gig, you can hear other instrumentation.

Lydia Lunch and Nick Cave were in attendance; the latter walked out once Gosling started pissing all over the room. Anita Lane helped Balance and Gosling clean up afterwards, while Crystal Clytia cleaned up the floors.

Marc Almond’s monologue concerned a strained relationship with a nameless ex-lover.


With Zos Kia

John Balance – performer
John Gosling – performer
Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson – backing tape
Marc Almond – vocals
Others (?)

Advertisements and Related Promo Material

“The Soundtrack of the Programme” – studio track released in 1984 on L.A.Y.L.A.H. Antirecords

Ticket Stubs

Please contact info@live-coil-archive.com with images of any ticket stubs.


Air Gallery
32 Dover St,
London W1S 4NE



Coil + Zos Kia + Marc Almond ‎– How To Destroy Angels

On September 10, 2018, Coldspring released How To Destroy Angels (CSR263CD​/​LP), a compilation album containing remastered audio from the camera which recorded the show, a remix of said audio, and “Baptism of Fire” from the AUD of 1983-10-12 Recession Studios. They released it under the name “Coil + Zos Kia + Marc Almond” and advertised it as: “Cold Spring are proud to announce the complete recording of ‘A Slow Fade To Total Transparency’. Recorded 24th August 1983, at the Air Gallery, London, UK. All audio has been remastered from the original tapes, is previously unreleased, and is EXCLUSIVE to this release.”

Known Recordings

Tapes owners/taper:

AMT – Cerith Wyn-Evans.

Concert Recording Downloads