2002 – Flex

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29th October 2002 – Flex, Vienna, AT

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. Final live performances of all songs.

John whispers “I am Angie Bowie” as “The Last Rites of Spring” begins. At points during the song, he asks, “Are we going into space?” and “Where’s the halo?” After the song, he says, “Never turn the lights on in a dark room,” referencing the third and last version of “Lake View.”

After “Are You Shivering?” John says, “Thank you for coming to see us. Thank you for being here. Difficult things are happening in life, heh.”

John has a unique vocal effect set on his vocals, but you can only really hear it on the SBD recording.

Before “A Warning from the Sun,” John says, “Beware of solar flares.” The song segways into “Drip Drop,” which then segways into “Windowpane”; both tracks bear unique lyrics, with the former especially growing rather dark:

No angels are here (repeated)

Whistle and I’ll come to you my lad (repeated)

I am not here; I am there
I am not there; I am down here
And the ambulance died at my feet
And the ambulance died at my feet  

Whistle and I’ll come to you my lad
Whistle and I’ll come to you my lad
And then the ambulance died at my feet
Whistle and I’ll come to you my lad (repeated)

Whistle and I’ll come to you my lad
Whistle and I’ll come to you my lad
Whistle and I’ll cut you with a knife

Listen, I will fuck you with a knife
Listen and I’ll fuck you with a knife (repeated)
Listen, I will fuck you with a knife

Whistle and I will fuck you with a knife
Whistle, whistle and I’ll come to you my lad
Whistle and I’ll fuck you with a knife
Whistle and I’ll fuck you with a knife
Whistle and I’ll cut you my lad  

Don’t have to say it
Listen, and I’ll say it
I don’t have to say it
I took liquid LSD in my eye
I took liquid LSD in my eye
I took liquid LSD in my eye  

Whistle and I’ll come to you my lad
Listen I will come (repeated)
To put liquid LSD in your eye (repeated)
Put liquid LSD in your eye (repeated)

I put liquid LSD in your/my eye (repeated)
Put liquid LSD in your eye (repeated)
Put liquid LSD
I put liquid LSD
Put liquid
Put liquid LSD in your eye
In your eye (repeated) 

Gold is the sky in concentrate
Power in its purest state
I put liquid LSD in your eye
Power is, gold is the metal with the broadest shoulders
The metal with the broadest shoulders
The metal with the broadest shoulders
The metal with the tallest orders
The metal with the broadest shoulders

“Windowpane” morphs back into “Drip Drop” for the last two minutes of the whole music section, where John ends it with “Whistle, and I’ll cut you with a knife.” He thanks the audience afterwards.

Before “Ostia,” John says, “And now, what do we do? We do something from Horse Rotorvator.” The song prominently features the unique line, “Lie down with me, little lions.” After the song, John says, “For the poets and the queers.”

Before and as “I Don’t Want to Be the One” begins, John moans into the mic and says, “And the tiredness is still here. And the tiredness is still real. And the tiredness is still here. And the tiredness is still real, is still real, is still real, is still real.” Afterwards, he says, “Thank you, heh. Sometimes we are the one. Sometimes we are the one.”

After “Bang Bang,” John says, “Dedicated to Courtney Love.”

Events and Official Announcements Made Following this Gig

At some point after this show, rumor has it that John and Ossian had a falling out and Ossian got kicked out of the band. There are conflicting reports as to why; out of respect to him, I won’t mention them here. Danny McKernan contests this, however, stating he simply did not play any more shows with them but still played on the studio albums and kept in touch with the band. Ossian himself refuses to comment on the matter. Massimo and Pierce also stopped performing with Coil, but I’m not entirely sure why; I assume it was because their foursome broke up.

Furthermore, John cracked under the pressure of being such a vicious and entertaining performer and had a series of psychotic episodes fueled by a total addiction to alcohol. There were questions even as early as the next day at the Spoiler Workshop, also in Vienna (which John was not present for), from Peter himself as to whether or not Vienna would be Coil’s last gig ever. The band would undergo a bit of a hiatus as John and Peter attempted to work out their personal and professional problems.

Sometime during this period, John started dating Ian Johnstone, an artist with a peculiar style complementary to Coil’s whom he had known and been in contact for years previously. He was the last in a series of boyfriends John had over the last few years of his life – he and Peter were always polygamous, after all – yet there was never any question amongst the other members and affiliates over whether John and Peter ever stopped loving each other. People around them remember that even at their most argumentative they were still unmistakably loving towards each other. John still lived with Peter in their house in Weston Super-Mare. Despite these massive personal changes, very little about the band changed. By some miracle, the band did not split up, John and Peter continued to live with each other in their house on the Weston Super-Mare, and the band kept performing live.

On November 2nd 2002, Brainwashed announced: “Due to a sudden tightening of security at Italian border crossings in advance of an upcoming Social European Forum in Florence, Black Sun Productions have decided to cancel their performance of the Plastic Spider Thing ritual that was to take place in Milano on November 4th 2002. Here is their full statement on the matter:

Zürich, 2nd November 2002

What we heard from the italian e-newspaper Repubblica.it (and reported also from German internet news) forces us to the sad decision to cancel our performance scheduled in Milano for Monday November 4. We sincerely apologize with those who have worked to organize the event (especially Andrea Amici of Teatro I’, Ango Visone of Pornflakes, Flavio Magnani of Speed Demon and Lisa Tavazzani) and those who kindly reserved tickets for the performance.

Who writes to you has chosen to live and to work away from Italy as a result of the facts of Genoa of last year. Massimo & Pierce, DraZen and all the persons who gravitate around Black Sun Productions share a radical artistic militancy and an anarchist cultural, if not political, personal position. The vision of a European democratic (?) country that, once again, suspends international treaties and rejects European citizens to its own frontiers make us sad and frightened us. The way we look, the stuff that we carry with us to stage our performance (among which chains, army outfits and white overalls) and our antagonist attitude make out of us the police’s perfect target in such a scenario.

We are enormously sorry to disregard to our engagement and to miss the possibility to return to perform in Milano but we are sure of your understanding: our personal histories and the radical nature of our performances are enough to make us believe that we would be rejected from the Italian border police (like already happened yesterday to some “lawless-men” rejected to the Italian frontier of Ventimiglia). We are sure that nobody of you has forgotten about the horrible prison-odessey happened to an Austrian street-theater-group last July in Genoa. Please, don’t blame us if we don’t feel like to take the risk.

Massimo & Pierce, DraZen Black Sun Productions

On December 12, Brainwashed reported John made an appearance on the Soulseek Coil group Solar Lodge and made the following statement: “…We may be doing another one-off in New York early next year, opening for us will be Bablicon – young brain sizzlers, gelled krautrock… amazing. We hope to conquer California sometime soon as well…[Performing live in] Canada is a possibility; speaking of which – We’ve been in contact/communication/reciprocation with the lads from Boards of Canada. Our extreme appreciation for each other’s work is mutual. Something may also come out of that in the near future.. Again, it’s all in the aether. We definately [sic] will not be touring again due to promotion, inner complications and other nonsense. If you want us to come to your city you’ll have to lure us over. :-)”

This projected gig never took place.


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

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Ticket Stubs

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Flex Nightclub
Augartenbrücke 1
1010 Wien


Known Recordings

Tapes owners/taper:

EDIT – Claus Laufenburg (one of the AMT used).
AMT #1 – DraZen.
AMT #3 – DraZen.

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