2002 – Centrum Filmowe

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At Centrum Filmowe

26th October 2002 – Centrum Filmowe, Lódz, Poland

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. Windowpane
  8. Ostia
  9. I Don’t Want to Be the One
  10. Bang Bang (Sonny Bono Cover)
  11. An Unearthly Red


Feeling: Reflective

Live Four” phase.

Debut performance of “Windowpane.” The naming of such is a bit debatable, but it’s necessary for clarity. In this form as opposed to on the Love’s Secret Domain album, this song is more of an electronic jam. This particular version lacks lyrics that match the album version, but the two subsequent versions of the song have lines akin to them: “Gold is the metal with the broadest shoulders / Took liquid LSD in my eye.”

John seemed to be in a foul mood at this gig, infrequently saying or mumbling sarcastic, berating, and depressing things to the audience. His howls of anguish also feel more palpable, as if he was having a bit of a breakdown. Supposedly, he was tripping on psilocybin mushrooms.

Photographic evidence confirms Massimo and Pierce wrapped themselves in cling film for this performance as well, though it’s unknown if they were required to by the club or just decided to themselves. “An Unearthly Red” was played, so they may not have been under any religious obligation to cover up.

Near the beginning of “I Am Angie Bowie,” John says, “Make this loud, make this loud, please make this loud. Britannia rules the sine waves…Britannia rules the waves…Britannia waives the rules…she waives the sine waves…” Later, he sings, “There are crazy horses, here” repeatedly.

Before “The Last Rites of Spring,” John says, “That’s the end of the beginning, so clap. Clap or wank, or whatever…what you do.” As the song starts up, he says, “Now is the different position. Now is the different position. It’s the different disposition. It’s, uh, pain in the ground. So many fucking photographers, why are you chroming my mind?! You know the church in Gdansk. We were in a church, a cathedral, in Gdansk. Each picture you take in overnights, are you estate (?), so…we were in a church in Gdansk.” He then proceeds to sing the regular lyrics, but he is referring to the previous gig, perhaps lamenting a busy touring schedule.

As “Are You Shivering?” begins, John says, “Moon musick under the light of the moon.” He makes hushing and moaning sounds throughout the beginning of the song and doesn’t really sing until the first choir section.

Before “Amethyst Deceivers,” John says, “You’re a very polite audience, HA! We’re a very polite band. Got war zone caught over me (?).” As the song commences, John continues, “This is an important message for those who take psilocybin mushrooms. Hallucinate. Cause a flux in your deliciousness. Video is facts (?), to those mushrooms can teach you things, and if they don’t teach you, they’ll teach you a lesson. They’ve taught me lessons since I was eleven. They took me to heaven when I was eleven.” I’m unsure if he really was doing mushrooms by age eleven. He then sings two lines that are very quiet – perhaps he sang away from the mic, or his mic had sound problems right then, but the first line is “So pay your respects to the vultures.” He continues, “Inflection (?) entanglement. I have to thank Patti/Patty. Such an entanglement. Hello, you, on the bootleg. I hope you people understand what I’m saying. You have to thank Adi Newton from Clock DVA and Sean/Shawn…asking us to All Tomorrow’s Parties…we are privileged, we are humbled, we are privileged, we are humbled, we are privileged, we are humbled. And the inoculate (?) has hung himself from his fucking window; what was that about? Nuclear properties protect (?). Mediocrity bleeds contempt, mediocrity bleeds contempt, mediocrity bleeds contempt, mediocrity bleeds contempt, and mediocrity bleeds contempt, and mediocrity bleeds contempt, and mediocrity bleeds contempt. I’ll electrocute my ears. I’ll electrocute my queers. I will electrocute my peers…” “Patti” might be Patti Smith, the musician, but I have no idea for sure. Makes sense, given Coil’s affinity to the 60’s New York artist scene. This is also the only time, I believe, where he addresses bootleggers. It’s hard to make out a lot of what John is saying, here, such that I don’t know what this Sean person’s last name is. It is true that they had been invited to All Tomorrow’s Parties in April 2003 by this point, though. John also seems to use the word “inoculate” as a noun, when I believe it’s just a verb.

Before “A Warning from the Sun,” John says, “Oh?” An audience member says to him, “Bravo. Bravo.” John drawls, “Excuse me?” The audience laughs. He continues, “Speak English, please.” The song segways right into “Drip Drop,” where he seems to repeat a lot of the backing audio track’s lines and even addresses his late friend Russell. Interesting lyrics:

Russell, whistle and I’ll come to you, my lad
Russell, I’ll come to you, my lad
Look at you, come on
I will slice you with my knife
You sucked a cunt, come on
I’ll slice you with my knife
It’s the damage done (repeated)
I wanna drink like my sperm (?)
I will unleash my worm
Why won’t you take my cold? (?)
I sound like fucking Jim Morrison, fuck that!

I take it John did like the lead singer of 60s/70s band The Doors! The “damage done” line might be a Neil Young reference.

“Drip Drop” segways right into “Windowpane,” which has nascent lyrics compared to the next two versions:

I’m trying (repeated)
It’s a trial (repeated) 

Try and be grateful
Don’t (you) try it (repeated)
Oh, so what? (repeated) 

Oh, to see
Oh, to see them passing
I wish (repeated)

Don’t try me, I will cry (repeated)
Don’t try me, or I’ll cry (repeated)

Some of John’s delivery of those lines suggest he might have actually been on the verge of tears.

As “Ostia” begins, John says, “Dedicated to Pao…Pier Palolo [sic] Pasolini, and to the poets and the queers, here.” The backing audio track pauses for a second in the middle of the song.

Before and as “I Don’t Want to Be the One” begins, John says, “Quiet, audience, thank you. A reflection, a deflection, a refraction, expectectation [sic], tick tick -tation, a dictation, I don’t want to be the one. You see, sometimes, like people put stuff on me. I am a mirror to reflect back what you say ‘bout me, or write about me, or say about me, or do about me. I am not what you think I am. I don’t know what I think I am either. It’s just I don’t wanna be the one who has to choose what you say about me, or them, us, here, now. Do not reflect, do not expect, inflect, introspect, disrespect, hopeless fucking ingeniousless [sic], -ness. Because these things that get put upon me, and this photography and this, like, it’s okay. I said yes, but you should ask, and I don’t want to be the one.” As the song ends, he says, “Then sometimes, I have to be, so I have to put my head on backwards, heh.” Someone then whistles and I think Thighpaulsandra says something, but I can’t make it out.

As “Bang Bang” begins, John says, “A Sonny Bono song.” After the song, he says, “That’s in memory of Kurt Cobain. Dedicated to Courtney [pronounced “Curt-knee”] Love.”

Before and as “An Unearthly Red” begins, John says, “And now, a little something about America. Superpower supermodel, fuck them all. Oh, there’s blood coming from your mouth; how surprising. Good for you! Freebird.” After the song, someone says, “Thank you very much.” John then says, “Thank you very much for coming tonight. We really appreciate it. We’ve had a hell of a long trip to get here but thank you for coming. It was worth it, possibly, and please come get our shirts (?) over there, yes? Thank you? And drink more water. Thank you.” An audience member shouts, “Thank you!” and John responds, “Oh, you’re very welcome.”


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

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A contemporary bootleg disk (of a 2-cd set) made of the gig

Ticket Stubs


Address at the time of the concert:

Łąkowa 29

Current address:

Lódzkie Centrum Filmowe Sp. z o.o.
ul. Obywatelska 102/104, bud. C kl II
94-104 Lódz


Gig Review(s)

Here is Radek Pasternak’s review (translated into English from Polish; forgive the typos, as I do not know Polish and thus am forced to use Google Translate) of this concert for taboo.art.pl. He misdated it, but the review was indeed for this particular gig:

Coil (Lodz Film Center, October 27, 2002)

In the middle of last year, I came across on the Internet at the following slogan: “Coil for two concerts in Poland” . As the die-hard fan of their work t akiej chance to see the legend live can not let go, the choice fell on lying closer to my place of residence Lodz. Despite the typically autumn rainy weather, “film” part of the city impressed me the best impression – what a perfect choice of the industrial atmosphere of the place to the sources from which derives the music Coila … digressions on the subject, however, leave for another occasion, as well as descriptions factory monumentality of the city. Best to go there and see for yourself – I recommend!

What is the possibility of electrifying to see Coila live? I do not think the fact that the core team creates the pair (recently, however, remaining with each other on friendly terms) Gay: Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson and Geoff Rushton , better known under the pseudonym John Balance ? Although we live in a rather strange country, where the sound of the word “gay” majority of the population willing to bend the solid rock, but this time without its oprotestowywania events by the wheels of the Rosary and supporters of a tax-free radio station. They had too little publicized this “scandal”? Anyway, in my case, the only point of worship in / in men is music that make up the … well, this year’s Coil celebrates twenty years of its activities! Not only that, Christopherson in the seventies was the co-founder of the radical group performance Coum Transmissions and derived from the musical pioneers as industrial – group Throbbing Gristle . After the dissolution of the band part of the staff set up a group Psychic TV , having assumed to be a multimedia project. There, Peter met his future partner and collaborator, John. Not entirely satisfied with the development of Psychic TV, they decided to create their own project, which gave the name of Coil.

It may be hard to imagine, but most of the music that appears from time to time in the regions called. progressive pop music could be heard a few years earlier … The discs Coila. Their evolution proceeded from siermiężnego dark-EBM-era “Scatology” by the dance-rhythmic brain departures “Love’s Secret Domain” , totally psychoactive and shapeless messages contained on discs recorded under the names ELPH and Time Machines , ending with the ethereal and monumental, two-part “Musick to Play In the Dark” and noisy and brilliant “Constant Shallowness Leads to Evil” , which seems to contain elements of pure, animal energy. Since about three years Coil, which is assumed studio project (not to mention a few concerts at the beginning of his career), he returned as one of the most interesting live-actów independent scene. Aided by invited musicians (mainly being “on-time” third member Thighpaulsandra ) and performers (most recently Massimo and Pierce with a controversial Swiss Black Sun Productions ), have had a few dozen concerts, m. In. in Europe, Russia and the United States. Reviews and photos of the performances arouse curiosity and cause an irresistible urge to pick their music combined with a stage performance version “live”.

It finally awaited day. First, a few words about the place and the people: Lodz came approx. 500 people, many of them friends of the so-called. underground, but many also run a variety of reasons – greetings for both groups! A concert hall she was quite large and perfectly adapted acoustically hall movie studio – and I applaud the organizers expect more such events in the future! On the “company” stand with plates and gadgets drew attention primarily high prices (eg. Round 100 PLN for the album “Remote Viewer” available only at concerts …), while the other two (belonging to the Polish publishers and distributors), the opposite : price of the most affordable and … lack of Polish distributor plates Coila!

And finally, with a slight delay, they took off…

Stretched and processed phrase introduction to “Anal Staircase” . Four motionless, dressed in white characters with synthesizer and microphone, the sides of the stage, two others dressed in conical outfits – the mystery was initiated. On the back of the stage you can see the big screen, and the video małpiatką (may lemur?), Who is trying to catch venomous, orange centipede. The image of the so strange that it was the first animal seems like a benefit from the action of venom, sinking in kilkunastosekundowe states of stupor … Some people probably know like the states of operation of more or less of the chemical origin … To all this, of course, the question is asked: ” What Kind of Animal Are You? ” So much for the introduction. As the human memory is sometimes unreliable and can play only the events of special importance and influence, excuse me, but I noted in my head only some fragments of the concert … Characters (Massimo and Pierce) during the performance gradually get rid of their clothes until remain clothed only in bandages with transparent foil and … white paint on the body. “Dancers” remain motionless, from time to time by performing only economical gestures. During the “Are You Shivering” stand all the time with his arms bent in the shape of large cups. The latter song, for my taste a little too little force – after the disc radiates from him, the energy from the earth trembles! On the screen, a full moon and hypnotically undulating sea-colored brick-brown. Thighpaulsandra with another musician slowly and majestically change places with instruments. Then the time for “Amethyst Deceivers” – obviously heavily unrecognizable version … It is also a quiet ballad dedicated to … the widow of Kurt Cobain . At some point, Massimo announces the Italian song “Ostia” , dedicated to the memory of director Pierre Paolo Passoliniego . During the next “I Do not Want To Be the One” in paragraph two fixed form begins slowly flowing blood. At the last (as it turns out) the song the dancers suddenly revive – the music convulsively smear “blood” after their bodies and the stage. Stroboscopes offend the eyes, Balance throws himself around the stage, shouting perverse text – energy seems to swirl in the air … This piece, which had never heard (it was the second day – the first was a ballad for Courtney Love ) is indeed brilliant – consists of very expressive “breakbeatowego” rhythm typical of Coila dense textures electronics and manic, expressive vocals. Has the announcement of the new album? If so, I’m looking forward!

It is unfortunate that this is the end, although we must admit that they played not the shortest: just over 1.5 hours. The team put on their “classics” and absolute novelty – a pity, however, that there were no tracks with excellent plate “Constant Shallowness …” . To sum up: for staunch supporter – ecstasy, for the uninitiated – such as the concert moving senses and body. Additionally, even outright fantastic sound quality (loudly, clearly, but without a trace of a busy grating) – for the next concert they go without a second thought!

In conclusion, I would like to share a few comments. The concert proved that in Poland there is quite stable and clear audience of music existing beyond the so-called. mainstream and, despite the fact that this group is negligible (as close czterdziestomilionowy country), it is this type of event to organize. It is all the more so if it is available to a place like Lodz Film Centre – the idea was simply sensational. Not to przesłodzić, a small note to the organizers for the future advise to think about more efficient protection. I do not mean any dangerous situation, because those are not even there, and only need to shift some viewers in another place – a handful of people standing in front very effectively obscured view of the stage…

The following is Tomek’s review of the concert, translated from Russian to English using Google Translate that can be found here:

Coil, Łódź Film Center, October 26, 2002.

On October 26, Łódź hosted a concert of an important formation originating from the industrial scene, namely the COIL team. The concert is important because the band is regarded as one of the leading representatives of the underground experimental music scene, which until today is a very creative formation and how well it is culturally known. Balance & co. they began their musical mystery at 20.45, which is quite a time (the concert was planned to take place at 20.30) and ended quite quickly, because after one and a half hour! The music that you could hear that evening was completely different from the one we know from Coil’s studio production. The band was accompanied during the concert by two performers from Switzerland, who were initially dressed in black robes, which were then dropped and you could see that the gentlemen had on their bodies kuse clothes (if you can call it that anyway). In my opinion, it was not unusual what both gentlemen presented to each other. I must say that at some point I completely stopped paying attention to them.

I liked the images in the background much more. From psychoactive graphics to photos of people and ending on a computer game. Coil started the concert with a sonic attack of sound, which after a few minutes turned into an addictive musical ritual. The pieces presented by Coil (those I recognized) differed significantly from the versions known from the records. Slowly developed noise attacks were mixed with calmer, more subtle songs. One of the songs was even dedicated to Kurt Cobain! Balance on the stage raged, he fell into a lunatic trance and completely indulged in music. In places, Balance’s behavior reminded me of another vocalist, David Byrna. Coil surprised me very much.

The songs presented by the band in some places were able to smash the skull :). I liked the piece ending the whole show the most. Heavy, slow rhythm, a lot of electronics spiced with a noisem and four lamps attacking with a very sharp patch meant that the listener loses control over where and what is happening :). In addition, a computer plane flapping into the ground in the background. In a word delicious! The acoustics of the hall in which the concert took place was good. Immediately I must say that I liked the atmosphere, a lot of scrap metal, concrete etc. :). Besides, you could buy a lot of publications from the circle of unconventional music, which, as usual on such occasions, enjoyed great popularity. Summing up the concert was very successful, but not too short, which many people complained about. Let’s just hope that someone will come to Lodz again because there are too few such events here.


Known Recordings

Tapes owners/taper:

AMT #1 – Robert Tuta
AMT #2 – Marcelo Zammenhoff

Concert Recording Downloads