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At Feelee, Vagonka Club

29th September 2002 – Feelee, Vagonka Club, Konigsberg, Russia

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. Lake View
  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.

The local promoter put a ban on Pierce and Massimo performing with Coil while in Russia, as their performance was perceived as “pornography.” The pair used the extra time to prepare for the following show at Royal Festival Hall. Because of this, Peter had to play a pre-recording of Massimo reading the “Ostia” poem.

The audience is particularly enthused and noisy throughout the gig. Some guy keeps screaming “Whoo!” at the top of his lungs at every given opportunity, often over the music.

I Am Angie Bowie (Sine Waves)

Shhh
Enjoy the electricity, enjoy the electricity
Electricity pulsating through the voltage
It’s gonna go faster
It’s gonna go further back and faster
Electricity has made angels of us all
Is it loud enough, Andy?

The latter lyric is of course an off-the-cuff remark from John, who is referring to Andy Ray, the road manager/sound mixer for Coil, at least at the time.

The Last Rites of Spring

This is the first version with proper/recurring lyrics.

John: “‘The Last Rites of Spring.'”

We are children of the black sun
We are born under a black sun
We bathe in black sunshine
We bathe in the black sunshine

Have you got the 16 on?

And William Burroughs is hallucinating in space [repeated variously]
(And William Burroughs is hallucinating in) [repeated variously]

Do you have the time?
People have time
People have time, people have time
People have space
People have time, people have space [repeated variously]

And animals are hallucinating all the time
They’re hallucinating why?
They’re hallucinating our time for us
They don’t have much time for us

[repeated variously into vocal looper]
They don’t have much time for us
They don’t have, they don’t have much time
They don’t have time
They don’t have

They don’t have much time for us [repeated]
We don’t have much time for us

Fuck off, we’re feral! [repeated]
We’re feral, we’re feral, we’re feral!

“Have you got the 16 on?” refers to the 16-second delay microphone John and Thighpaulsandra loops John’s vocals with.

The backing video track ends before the music does, so Peter pauses it during the next one for the next son.

Are You Shivering?

John: “That’s a little, uh…that’s a little bit better. That’s a little bit better. Fucking deal with that. Moon musick, moon musick. Musick to play in the dark.”

There’s a false ending midway through the song where the audience prematurely starts applauding.

For the sun when it comes through
They pull around in a day
Set sail on a boat on a river
On which a man can float
Drown yourself in silver
And swallow the gold

John (after the song): “Was seeing if the mirror would let me in, but it wouldn’t, so…”

Amethyst Deceivers

John: “Slow, slow, slow, slow, slow slow. Incomplete, incomplete, incomplete, incomplete, incomplete, incomplete, incomplete. We took magic mushrooms last night, here,” – someone in the audience laughs, causing John to smile as he monologues – “and many, many spirits appeared, and strange, strange things happened in the woods, and we were, we meant to be going under the sea but we couldn’t actually make it, ‘cuz we got caught up in the roots of the trees, which was nice, and we walked slow through places we had been before. We took vegetables to see animals that were invisible before. We saw, we saw trees, and in the leaves of the branches of the trees we saw crows, we saw ravens, we saw black birds, we saw vultures, we saw vultures, we saw vultures, we saw carrion crows, we saw rooks, we saw rooks, we saw carrion crows, we saw rooks, we saw black birds, we saw black birds, we saw black birds. And they caw, and they crow, and they caw, and they asked us to see, and they said to us, they said to me, ‘Pay your respects to the vultures…’”

What’s history?
What’s his story? What’s her story? [repeated]
What’s her story is not his story
What’s her story is not history
Where’s her story is not his story
Where’s her story is not history

After the song, the video keeps playing and someone comes onstage. Peter seems to try to push him away, wherein John and Thighpaulsandra notice and John says, “Fuck off, we’re feral! Fuck off, we’re feral! For you, thank you. For you, thank you. For you. Uh. Oh.” He then mumbles a bit.

A Warning from the Sun

The sun is coming
The dragon flies
His breath will drown
This world with astral fire

This version features a lot of rare synth tones and notes not often played on the song live. Of course, none of the live performances match the synth riff of the original studio version.

John: “Thank you.”

Lake View

Sixteen
Sixty
There are fifty-three side things
Fifteen
There are people who are decide things
There are people who decide to things 

We are no angels
When we dissect, when we inject, we equate
The time He took there, is God too late?
Silence baffles me
Silence unravels me

The song feels largely improvised, though some elements recur in later performances.

John (after the song): “Thank you.”

Ostia

John: “This next one is from Horse Rotorvator.”

Lion [repeated]
Lion [repeated]

I Don’t Want to Be the One

Each performance of the song usually has some notable sequence at the beginning where John monologues about different things happening in his life before singing the typical lyrics.

The backing audio track fades in and glitches for a second midway through.

Your words, my words. My words. Astral disasters happen every day. I don’t hate caught up in all my, I’m caught up in my own stuff. And that stuff is already too much of enough.

I don’t want to be the one
When everyone has gone
I don’t want to be the one
When everyone has gone
I don’t want to be the one
When everyone has gone
I don’t want to be the one

To find out why they came
To play this dangerous game
I don’t want to be the one
To spend my life looking back
To see the skies turn black
I don’t want to be the one
To find out why they came
And to be the one who plays their stupid games
I don’t want to be the one
To spend my life looking back
To see the skies turn black

I don’t want to be left alone
I don’t want to be the one
I don’t want to be the one
To find out why they came
I don’t want to play their stupid games
To be the one left looking back
I don’t want to be, I don’t want to be that one

I DON’T WANT TO BE THE ONE [repeated]
I DON’T WANT TO BE THE ONE, THE ONE, THE ONE
TO FIND OUT WHY THEY CAME
TO PLAY THEIR FUCKING STUPID GAMES
I DON’T WANT TO BE THE ONE
To spend my life looking back
To find out why they came
I don’t want to be the one
Oh…

John (after the song): “But sometimes, I have to be, so…” earning him another laugh.

Bang Bang

Thighpaulsandra would be at John’s mercy in terms of keeping time during performances of this song, meaning he often hit bum notes or had to prod John with extra ones to keep him going.

I was five and he was six
We rode on horses made of sticks
He wore black, and I wore white
And he would always win the fight

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

Seasons came and changed the times
When I grew up, I called him mine
And he would laugh, and he would say,
“Remember when we used to play

Bang bang, I shot you down
Bang bang, you hit the ground
Bang bang, that awful sound
Bang bang, I used to shoot you down”

John (middle of the song): “Thank you, Thighpaulsandra.”

Music played and people sang
Just for me, the church bells rang
And now he’s gone, I don’t know why
Until this day, sometimes, I cry
He didn’t even say goodbye
He didn’t take the time to lie

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

John (after the song): “Thank you. That was a song written by Sonny Bono for Cher, but made famous mostly by Nancy Sinatra. All of it’s tainted, you know? Every p-poisonous drop of it.”

An Unearthly Red

This version has a truncated introduction.

(My father is God, my mother is God [repeated])
My father is God! [repeated]
God, my father
My God, my father
And God told me to do it
God told me to do it
God told me

Animal transport out [repeated]

Something dripping from his hand
It’s an unearthly red
Blood is dripping from his hand
He asked himself, “What is my an unearthly red?”
What is drenching his presidential bed?
His presidential bed is the mother of all wars
It’s the mother of all wars
And the father of our God
War milk [repeated]
It’s the mother of all Gods
And the mother of all

Yes, God told told me to do it
Oh yes, God told me to do it
He said, “Your mother, your mother
Your mother is a whore, the mother of all wars
Your mother is a whore, the mother of all wars”
Yes, he said, “God told me to do it”
She is the mother of all battles
He said, “Your mother is a whore
She is the mother of all wars
She pours war milk
She does war milk
She’ll cause war milk
She’ll cause war

John’s closing words: “Thank you very much for coming to see us. Thank you very much for coming tonight. Ahem. Thank you for coming.”

Line-up

John Balance – vocals
Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson – Ableton sequence, video projections, Clavia Nord Modular Synthesizer
Thighpaulsandra – Clavia Nord Modular Synthesizer, Kurzweil Synthesizer, Electro-Harmonix on John’s vocals (with 16-second delay, modified by Kanwal Dulay)
Simon Norris (Ossian Brown) – Clavia Nord Modular Lead Synthesizer, Kurzweil Synthesizer on “Are You Shivering?”

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Ticket Stubs

Please contact us if you have any ticket stubs from this event: info@live-coil-archive.com

Venue

Vagonka Club
ul. Stanochnaya
12, Konigsberg
Kaliningradskaya oblast
Russia 236006

Gallery

AMT #1

EDIT #1 – Higher-Generation Copy with Minor Edits

Known Recordings

Tapes owners/taper:

EDIT – Seidr Video produced the tape, “Wolfblood and Franciscae” filmed it.

Concert Recording Downloads

AMT #1 –  Recording download link (archive.org).
EDIT #1 – (Colour Sound Oblivion DVD #8) Recording download link (archive.org).

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