At Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1st June 2001 – Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Higher Beings Command
- Amethyst Deceivers (Version 1)
- What Kind of Animal Are You?
- Blood from the Air
- I Am the Green Child
- Constant Shallowness Leads to Evil
During “Something,” John repeats the phrase “Io Pan, io Pan, io, Pan,” invocating the god of the same name.
During “Amethyst Deceivers,” for several lines, John’s vocals were drowned out by the instrumentation. You can see it in the video, him singing and his vocals remaining inaudible. SBD #1b has a better mix of his vocals overall, where you can hear all his lines.
Before and as “I Am the Green Child” commences, John says, “I am the Green Child. Hello; I am the Green Child!” For the first of only two times, this song segways right into “Constant Shallowness Leads to Evil.” As that song starts up, John says, “I am the most accomplished surgeon of moral deformities. This is the lowest common abominator you are ever gonna hear, you’re ever gonna hear, ever gonna hear, gonna hear. Louder, louder, louder, louder, LOUDER!” The surgeon line is from “Copacabala,” a song from the abandoned Backwards sessions remixed a few times over the years, while “Lowest Common Abominator” was one of the songs off of 2000’s Constant Shallowness Leads to Evil album.
John Balance – vocals, Alexis AirFX on “Amethyst Deceivers,” Yamaha SPX 1000 pitch-shift effect on “I Am the Green Child,” metal sheet percussion on “Constant Shallowness Leads to Evil”
Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson – Ableton sequence, video projections, Clavia Nord Modular Synthesizer, backing vocals on “Blood from the Air”
Thighpaulsandra – Fenix Synthesizer, Clavia Nord Modular Synthesizer
Simon Norris (Ossian Brown) – Kurzweil Synthesizer
Tom Edwards – marimba
Dutch Radio4 “Supplement”
The day before this show, Arno Peeters interviewed Coil for 2 hours, segments of which were then cut up and used with Coil’s Backwards demos, a COH EP produced by Coil, and a SBD recording of this concert in a 4-hour radio special. He was in charge of splitting the audio signals during the actual performance in order to make the live mix.
The special aired on “Supplement” on June 18, between 8pm and 12am. The website’s program read: “Tonight on Supplement a 4 hour special about the English group Coil. Originating from the industrial scene of Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV in the early eigthies, Coil is still productive. Polished studio-productions notwithstanding, the subjects are still raw (sex, drugs and death are well-known Coil themes) and the music still experimental [joke here: the Dutch word should be ‘experimenteel’, but is spelled ‘experiMentaal’, ‘mentaal’ being Dutch for ‘mental’]. The rich history, the albums, their film music and commercials, augmented of course with an in-depth interview. Also, never before broadcast and unreleased material, the premiere of the new CD on Eskaton, Coil’s own label, and recordings of Coil’s only concert in The Netherlands, recorded on june 1st at the Paradiso in Amsterdam.” The program was rebroadcast on late evening July 14/early morning July 15, 2002 and released as a 4-CD bootleg with Coil’s permission as Dutcho Radio4 Supplement.
Here’s Arno’s September 18, 2016 testimony:
“Out of curiosity, I revisited my files from back than. I always wondered how the recordings got into the public domain, but I myself gave them to a fan who had to ask permission of Rufus from Threshold House for non-commercial dissemination, which he got. Coil got the tape as well (with some of my own music (of course ;^). Note for technically inclined: It appears that it was recorded on a DA88 (by engineer Paul Schoenmakers, NOB) and transferred to Pro Tools, where I mixed and mastered it; see the added screenshot of the Mix Window. Processing was used sparsely, only on the vocals and some bass added to the main mix. The overheads apparently picked up mainly audience’ so I used the mics from the marimba for some ambience. So the recording that circulates that has not been taped from the radio show is in fact the direct master.”
Coil’s reply to being sent this concert recording:
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2001 10:54:00 -114145
From: Coil <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: DA88 on it’s way !
>Hi John & Peter !
>Today I’ve send you the DA88 tape and some other goodies by insured mail. It should arrive on Friday or early next week…
>Please let me know when you received all in good order.
The package arrived today – everything looks amazing – You did a great job!
– Please tell the Boudisques guy that we will be making our own live
CD/DVD soon (not sure which venues yet) and so would rather not
license this tape right now, thanks.
You should have told us you were planning to play the Backwards demos
from Napster – We could have have given you the entire completed
album as a one time only thing as we are scrapping it and working on
new tracks right now ;^)
Do you know anyone who has a video of the gig besides Claus Laufenberg’s?
Peter and Jhon
Further on the recording, Arno Peeters states: “Back than, keeping backups was a more complex thing, so what’s out there are copies of the source-CD-R’s that made the 4hr ‘Supplement’ radio show. So it’s not recorded off-air. It’s as close as you can get…Btw: I recorded it myself in multichannel so there never was a stereo recording, only my mix of that.” Why the mix differs so dramatically between SBD #1 + SBD #2: “I guess due to heavy pre-processes dine on FM. You don’t wanna know what damage a machine like an Optimod can do to a well balanced mix. I was the only one recording the show.”
Find the pre-CD .wav files for Dutch Radio4 Supplement along with a Word Doc containing the special’s program information here.
Arno Peeters & Leendert Douma Interview Coil for Dutch Radio4’s “Supplement” (2001-05-31)
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“Amethyst Deceivers” and “I Am the Green Child” from AMT
Kristen R. attended this show. She remembers: “I was here. The tinnitus in my right ear is from this show. Also met John Balance, who’d apparently just beat himself up, but was sweet as pie.”
Marcel de Cocq attended this gig and remembers: “I remember Balance kneeling down in front of the big super bright floor lights of the venue. These sort of flower color cannons. And while loudly singing looking with open eyes – I guess – in these super bright lights to kinda nuke his brains out or so. I can remember that it looked quite disturbing and really bad for his eyes… But it was totally cool at the same time 🙂 What is also super cool of this concert, is the alternative end of Blood From The Air. Where he sings: Best friends die, worse enemies die, pets, places change, decay, everyone is a complete disappointment, everyone is probably already dead, I’m dead inside, I’m trying to live, I’m trying to live, I’m trying to live.”
Maarten Schermer attended this gig and remembers: “from the paradiso gig, a few days later, which was a pretty intense gig, i seem to remember john at some point banging his head against a sheet of metal that was hanging on stage. can’t find any pics to confirm, though.”
SBD – recorded by Paul Schoenmakers and mixed by Arno Peeters.
AMT #1 – Claus Laufenburg.