At Feelee, Vagonka Club
29th September 2002 – Feelee, Vagonka Club, Konigsberg, Russia
- I Am Angie Bowie (Sine Waves)
- The Last Rites of Spring
- Are You Shivering?
- Amethyst Deceivers (Version 3)
- A Warning from the Sun
- Lake View
- I Don’t Want to Be the One
- Bang Bang (Sonny Bono Cover)
- An Unearthly Red
“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. I am certainly glad Coil is getting such attention from the audience, but for a casual listen, it’s a pain to sit through, especially when the audience is talking over the music.
This version of “I Am Angie Bowie (Sine Waves)” lacks the titular line in the lyrics, but at the start of the song, John says, “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.” The lyrics are “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.
As “The Last Rites of Spring” begins, John says the song’s title. This is the first version with the “And William Burroughs is hallucinating in space” line. The song ends with John incessantly reciting, “Fuck off, we’re feral!”
Before “Are You Shivering?” John says, “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. There are also a few exclusive lyrics: “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.” After the song, John says, “Was seeing if the mirror would let me in, but it wouldn’t, so…”
Before “Amethyst Deceivers,” John says, “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…” then he launches into the standard lyrics. This version has some exclusive lyrics, though: “What’s history / What’s his story? / What’s her story? / 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 next to Peter. 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” 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.
Before “Lake View,” John says, “Thank you.” This iteration of the song is exclusive with exclusive lyrics, which include:
There are fifty-three side things
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 a few musical elements recur at the 2002-10-05 Greece show.
Before “Ostia,” John says. “Thank you. This next one is from Horse Rotorvator.” There’s two extended sequences where John repeats “Lion” incessantly. In between the two, he drinks some water.
Each version of “I Don’t Want to Be the One” usually has some notable sequence at the beginning where John monologues about different things before singing the typical lyrics. His monologue for this version is as follows: “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.” This version also has heart-beat-like percussion before and throughout the song. Afterwards, he says, “But sometimes, I have to be, so…” earning him another laugh.
In the middle of “Bang Bang,” John says, “Thank you, Thighpaulsandra.” After the song, he says, “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 poisonous drop of it.”
“An Unearthly Red” has a truncated introduction and incorporates samples of John saying “My father is God” that he didn’t say over the course of the performance. Perhaps he recorded some vocals in the studio? John also seems to play with some effects pedals during the song. One section involves John repeating “Animal transport out!” repeatedly. After the song, John says, “Thank you very much for coming to see us. Thank you very much for coming tonight. Ahem. Thank you for coming.”
Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson.
Simon Norris (Ossian Brown).
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