2002 – Dour Festival

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13th July 2002 – Dour Festival – “La Plaine de La Machine à Feu,” Dour, Belgium

Set List

  1. Anarcadia: All Horned Animals (Extended Version)
  2. Amethyst Deceivers (Version 2)
  3. A.Y.O.R.
  4. Backwards


Feeling: Reflective

“Backwards / The Remote Viewer” phase.  Final live performance of “Anarcadia: All Horned Animals”.

We originally thought we had an AUD recording of this show, but unfortunately, it turned out to be an alternate one to the 2002-04-02 Vooruit, Ghent, BE show instead. Finally, on October 8, 2016, Pierce Wyss and Massimo Villani, in conjunction with Claus Laufenburg, posted the full recording of the gig to Youtube.

There aren’t projections on the band members themselves, unlike at previous gigs. The look of the stage is very dark and dismal – perhaps that was a choice by the band or they just didn’t have access to the right equipment. The backing projection during “Anarcadia” is not that of “Sick Mirrors,” but rather oscillating waves – like a mix between “What Kind of Animal Are You?” and “I Am Angie Bowie (Sine Waves)” which I do not recognize. “Amethyst Deceivers” briefly has its backing video projection at the beginning, but “A.Y.O.R.” and “Backwards” don’t have any at all!

Pierce and Massimo’s choreography unfortunately backpedaled from the last performance. They do not stand before distorted mirrors – instead, they merely gaze into the crowd for the first two songs, not even spinning in circles during “Amethyst Deceivers.” It’s not until “A.Y.O.R.” that they actually start doing much – in this case, acting sick and shaking.

Danny McKernan attended this gig and filmed it. He remembers: “i was on stage at the DOUR, Belgium, show as well but only to film it… not part of the performance i had shot it on BSP’s camera and they kept the tape :(…i met BSP at coil’s house in weston supermare when i was there being photographed by sleazy for thighpaulsandra’s double vulgar album artwork and then later visited them in zurich and they asked me to edit the photos that sleazy had taken of the PST performance with jhonn and to do some videos for them (Das Gegenteil and Veneration X).”

“Anarcadia” is significantly extended, just like it was at the 2002-06-07 Den Haag show. Even before the extension and the discarding of his shawl, however, John starts singing:

He’s in the trees, he’s coming
The woods are alive with the smell of his coming 

A vision of a burning bush
Quiet, now [repeated] 

It’s the same, it’s the same, it’s the same old, release your pain
And the stones sink under the water
Still the waters
Your sons and daughters are underwater
If you’re under the rain

Because of that and the fact that he does not sing the “Sometimes I hate myself” lyric, I’m not adding a sub-song to this track-listing.

Before “Amethyst Deceivers,” John says, “It’s all a very strange blur, it’s all a very strange blur, a slur, a blur, a slur, a blur, a slur. We can’t hear you, we can’t see you, we can’t hear you, we can’t see you.” Someone in the audience says, “I can’t see you.” John responds, “Good, good, good, good, good.” Someone else says, “I can.” Another person, “I can see you.” John says, “Don’t watch too much television – you’ll blind your mind’s eye.” Someone says, “Thank you.” Someone shouts, “In the eye, and!” “John responds, “In the eye, and, in the sky, and. We’re not doing that one tonight. Sorry.” The exchange refers to the classic Coil song “Windowpane.” Eventually, the band would do a loose form of it, starting at 2002-10-26 Centrum Filmowe show. John sings more exclusive lines, here

My mother said to me [repeated]
She said, “Pay your respects to the vultures…”

Then my father said to me
Then my grandfather said to me
He said
Hands on the clock, on the clock

Take mushrooms, take mushrooms; they take you when you take mushrooms (repeated)
You must take mushrooms, make room for the mushrooms
Make rooms for the mushrooms
Rush, rush, rush, rush, rush
They live in palaces, they live in palaces
They live in palaces inside my soul
They live in palaces inside my mind
Everything you’ve waited for is coming soon
Everything we’ve waited for is coming soon
Just trust the moon

There’s an interesting jam at the end of the song.

Before “A.Y.O.R.” (which has a truncated intro), John says, “Thank you. I had to shit in the woods, earlier, and I wiped my bum on a stinging nettle.” During the song, he sings these lines:

Sometimes I help myself
I went to the doctor
I saw a blood specialist
He said, “It’s unknowable, John”
They took some more tests
And said it’s in my blood to stay
But the blood line ends here; this blood line is queer [repeated]

The first line mentioned of course harkens back to “The Gimp/Sometimes.” After the song, he says, “That’s a safe sex song, by the way. Sort of.”

Before “Backwards,” John says, “Oh, my, my, my. The hairy mother of God has appeared again, with a wide, black crack, which I saw at the back, which I saw from the back. The hairy mother of God. We worship at the church of the hairy mother of God. With Carmelite rifles, nuns with guns. What are they guarding, what have they got, what are they guarding, what have they got, what are they guarding, they’ve got the lot. When cherubim and seraphim are walking up the stairs, when cherubim and seraphim are, are walking up the stairs, it’s the angels of Monagan. The angels of Monagan, gone again, gone again, the angels of Monagan are gone again.” Pause. “Well, what do we do with the dear mushrooms, say? What do we do, we keep them for later.” It’s possible Peter was having sound problems with his laptop, explaining the long delay. As the song (with a truncated intro) begins, John says, “This song is inspired by watching Playboy channel in America, having to masturbate on Trent Reznor’s black leather sofa in his front room. I’ve decided then everything was backwards.” At one point, John bumps into Massimo, almost knocking him over! He then runs over to Pierce and starts slapping his ass. In contrast, Peter passes Massimo at another point and lightly touches his back. Later, John comes back to Massimo, throws himself onto him, and starts humping him in a rather hilarious and sexual display. John sings more notable lyrics, including:

Fucking listen to me, all you fuckers!
Fucking listen to me and everyone else
Everything – fucking listen to me!
Just sitting, just sitting here, just sitting [?]
Everything fornicated everything
Everything fornicated everything all of the time [repeated]
Destroy the new normal!


John Balance – bells on “Anarcadia: All Horned Animals”.
Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson.
Simon Norris (Ossian Brown) – bells on “Anarcadia: All Horned Animals”.
Massimo Villani.
Pierce Wyss.
Cliff Stapleton – hurdy-gurdy.

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Please note that some of these AMT #1 snapshots are from portions of “Backwards” not currently available for public viewing, i.e. when John and Massimo walk over to the audience. These snapshots were saved from archived sections of Black Sun Productions’ website. The master tape might be lost, so it’s unknown if the rest of the tape will ever be made available…


Known Recordings

Tapes owners/taper:

AMT #1 – Danny McKernan.

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