2002 – Betong

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At Betong, Oslo

17th October 2002 – Betong, Oslo, Norway

Set List

  1. I Am Angie Bowie (Sine Waves)
  2. The Last Rites of Spring
  3. Are you Shivering?
  4. Amethyst Deceivers (Version 3)
  5. A Warning from the Sun
  6. Drip Drop
  7. Ostia
  8. I Don’t Want to Be the One
  9. Bang Bang (Sonny Bono Cover)
  10. An Unearthly Red

Background

Feeling: Reflective

Live Four” phase. Estimated attendance: 500.

After “I Am Angie Bowie (Sine Waves),” Peter plays a second or two of the backing tracking audio track again.

Before and as “The Last Rites of Spring” begins, John says, “Silence is singing, silence is singing. The silence is singing, the silence is singing. Silence is singing. The silence is singing. The silence is singing.” Towards the end, bits of the backing audio track of “Drip Drop” play.

After “Are You Shivering?” John says, “Thank you very much.”

Before “Amethyst Deceivers,” he says, “No. No, no, no. We do, did you know we do? You know what we do.” Someone says, “Please” and other people laugh. Another person says, “Do it,” just as the percussive track to the song plays.

Before “A Warning from the Sun,” John says the title of the song. John thanks the audience after the song, and it does not segway into “Drip Drop,” as it normally would.

As “Drip Drop” begins, John says, “It’s been done [?] and now, been on a long…question. We’ve been on a long…journey.” The song received the prominent lyric “Whistle, and I’ll come to you, my lad,” which is a reference to the M.R. James ghost story “Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad”. BBC made two television adaptations in 1968 and 2010 respectively. This version doesn’t seem to incorporate the “I am not there / I am here” vocal samples, though, like future versions would.

As “Ostia” begins, John says, “This is from Horse Rotorvator, and it’s called ‘Ostia.’ Dedicated to the memory of Pasolini.” John thanks the audience after the song.

Before and as “I Don’t Want to Be the One” begins, John says, “Hm,” and audience members mimic him. “Oh, sometimes, sometimes as people put things on you, you don’t really want them to, reflections of things they’ve heard about and read about which we didn’t say, or I didn’t say, and you hear about these things and they get reflected back, and you end up in a situation, I end up in a situation where I don’t know who I am. I don’t know who I am, where I am, what I’ve been. I have a clue, sometimes, I have a clue, sometimes, I have a clue sometimes, I have a clue, sometimes. And I sort of agreed that I would never do this again. It puts me on the spot, in the position again, to generate the strange feeling. But I don’t really wanna be the one. I don’t want to be the one. Sometimes, you just find yourself in a place. People ask me, wanting, believing. And it’s the seasons, indiscretions. What I put important and the confessions you make, but you don’t, the promises you break, you do, and you end confessing things about loved ones to radio stations, and it all reflects in sound waves.” John’s offense at this “confession” to a radio station might be referring to a real event. If I had to guess, I’d say someone in the Coil camp referenced John’s drinking problem in this interview or something like that against his wishes. Perhaps this was the breaking point for John and Peter, or a reference to it. After the song, John says, “But sometimes, I have to be.”

John flubs some of the lyrics to “Bang Bang,” repeating some of them in the last verse:

Bang bang, he shot me down
Bang bang, that awful sound
Bang bang, I hit the ground
Bang bang, my baby shot me down

Before and as “An Unearthly Red” begins, John says, “New York City, yes,” in response to someone in the audience saying it. “How do you know that? [repeated] A quote from the paper: ‘America’s seat of power is an animal in shorts and self-doubt.” After the song, John finishes, “Thank you very much. That’s it; thank you for coming. Thank you for letting us be here. Thank you, goodnight.” A woman in the applause afterwards says, “Fuck you!”

Line-up

John Balance.
Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson.
Thighpaulsandra.
Simon Norris (Ossian Brown).
Massimo Villani – Pasolini poem on “Ostia,” performer.
Pierce Wyss – performer.

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Venue

Konsertforeningen Betong
v/Det Norske Studentersamfund
Slemdalsveien 15
0369 Oslo

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Tapes owners/taper:

AUD #1 – Jan Bruun

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