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At Tavastia Klubi

21st October 2002 – Tavastia Klubi, Helsinki, Finland

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

Concert Background

Feeling: Reflective

Live Four” phase.

John was low energy throughout this show, singing quietly and barely speaking between songs, perhaps due to a hangover, as at the 2002-10-17 Oslo show.

I Am Angie Bowie (Sine Waves)

There’s no applause and the song does not segway into the next.

The Last Rites of Spring

It takes John about two minutes in to start singing.

…Burroughs is hallucinating in space

The animal saliva is alive
The spiral animal will survive
William [repeated]
William, uh [repeated]
William Burroughs is alive with saliva
In space, Jesus alone [?]
The animal saliva was alive
…in space [?]

John (after the song): “A little bit of possession on that one, I think. A, an animal spirit, a lemur. A lemur. A lemur eating a hallucinogenic millipede, but not killing it. Just milking the hallucinogenic juices.” From Wikipedia: “Black lemurs [eulemur macaco] also have a habit of picking up and biting at toxic millipedes. The toxins are usually not fatal to the lemurs and they try to stimulate the millipede to release its toxins in self-defence. Once this is achieved the black lemur will rub the millipede around its body to get the toxins on its fur. It is believed that they do this to help repel insects with the millipedes poison. However other researchers have theorized that they may also do this for a source of pleasure. Because when they inhale or swallow enough of the toxins, it inhibits their monoamine oxidase system and as a result gives them a high sensation.” That particular quote lacks a citation and there’s been debate as to whether or not lemurs just do it to build up their immune systems, but it’s clear Coil believes they do.

Amethyst Deceivers

John: “Denizens of the deep, denizens of the deep, denizens of the deep, awake. Rise up, surprise us with your tentacles. Animal amulets dissolve pain. Iron objects still remain. Mushrooms must be gathered by the hunters in the woods. Mushrooms must be eaten and swallowed whole. Hallucinate dream space. Drink, drink.”

The song commences with the percussion track.

Teach you to little children with the Mexican temples
You can be taught by the little children in these Mexican temples
The Inca
It’s assassin time [?]

The Inca, the Mayan lion, the Mayan lion, the Mayan lion, vision, thing, thing, thing, temple, temple
What do call that new temple [?]
I’ve got the length [?] temple thing [?]

A little mushroom show you had to see
How to weave dreams out of time and space
You make room for the mushrooms
So make room for the mushrooms
Drink the reindeer’s piss (repeated)
Drink the rain (repeated)
Drink the water (repeated)
Every last drop, (of) the red and white spot
Spot the (red) rain/reindeer

John (after the song): “Thank you, thank you.”

A Warning from the Sun/Drip Drop

John: “Beware of solar flares. They’ll destroy your laptop computer. Beware of solar flares. They will destroy your laptop computers.”

The song segways right into “Drip Drop.”

Ah! [repeated]
Oh, oh, oh
Ooh…

Whistle, whistle
Whistle, and I’ll come to you, my lad [repeated]
Whistle, and I’ll come to you

Little rain [?]
Through the storm
I will be in the trees
It’s in the trees, it’s coming

Whistle, and I’ll come to you with a knife
Whistle, and I’ll slice you and I’ll come
Whistle, and I’ll slice with you a knife
Listen, and I’ll come to you, my lad
Ohhh…
Listen, whistle, and I’ll come to you with a knife
We shall come [?]
Listen, I’ll come to you
Whistle, listen, listen, and I’ll come, and I’ll come to you
I’ll come all over you
I’ll come all over you, my lad
I’ll come all over

[Backing track repeated variously]: I am not there, I am here / They are not there, they are here

Ostia

John: “This is a song about Pier Palo Pasolini.”
(Audience cheers and applause)
John: “And it’s dedicated to all the poets and the queers, here.”

There’s honey in the hollows
And the contours of the body
A sickly golden river
A sticky golden trickle

You can hear his bones humming
You can hear his bones humming
Singing like a puncture

Throw his bones over the white cliffs of Dover
Throw his bones over the white cliffs of Dover

Leon like a lion
Asleeping [sic] in the sunshine
Lion lies down
Lion lies down

You can hear his bones humming
You can hear his bones humming

Leon like a lion
Is sleeping, is sleeping, is sleeping
Throw his bones over the white cliffs of Dover
Then murder me, then murder me
Then murder me in Ostia

Then murder me, then murder me
He said, “Murder me”
He said, “Murder me”
He said, “Murder me”
He said, “Murder me in Ostia
In Ostia”
Lion lies down
Lie down with me, little lion
Lay down with me, little lion
Lay down with me, little lion
Lay down with me, little lion
Little lion, lay down with me
Lay down with me, little lion
Lay down with me, little lion
Lay down with me, little lion
Lay down with me, little lions
Lay down with me, little lions
Lay down with me, please, little lions

There’s a slight glitch in the backing audio track midway through the song.

I Don’t Want to Be the One

Sometimes, you read things, and sometimes, you hear things from other people. These sort of thing, why, what are they talking about? Who are they talking about? Are they talking about me? Are they writing about me, or a person they think is me? A reflection, a deflection, a refraction, a reaction, a collection, a defection, an action, a reaction, a defection, inflection, and sometimes, I just feel wrong with it, and I think I hate it. Nobody knows me, I don’t know myself. I don’t know myself. Just a little bit, maybe. Sometimes, sometimes, maybe, and I say to myself, “I don’t like this person I’m seeing or hearing about. I think I don’t want to be the one. I don’t want to be that person, I don’t want to be the one. Put here, put there. Spoken about here and there, now and then. I don’t want to be the one. To be here, or put there.”

I don’t want to be the one
Who plays these dangerous games
To play these dangerous, vicious games
To see the skies turning black

I bet sometimes, I just get too much
Sometimes, it gets too much
Sometimes, I get too much
Sometimes, it gets too much
Sometimes, I get too much

I don’t to be the one, I really don’t
I DON’T WANT TO BE THAT ONE!
FUCKING LISTEN TO ME NOW!
I DON’T WANT TO BE…

John (after the song): “But then again, sometimes, I have to be.”

Bang Bang

Thighpaulsandra hits a particularly harsh bum note midway through the song.

John (after the song): “That was dedicated to Courtney Love. She brings a bad reputation to the word ‘witch,’” earning him some laughs from the audience.

An Unearthly Red

Superpowers
Superpowers, ha!
He said, ‘A vision of a burning bush’
A biblical, a vision of a burning bush
A vision of a burning Bible
Who has it for survival
Imprinted, imprinting, imprinted 

And the president of America wakes up in the middle of the night
With his hands dripping, dripping red, an unearthly red
And he doesn’t know if it’s dripping red or tripping red
Tripping or dripping…screaming an unearthly red
He wakes up and he thinks, ‘Oh, God told me to do it!’
Bloody footprints all over the White House carpet
Bloody footprints all over the White House carpet
What are they gonna do? How are they going to clean that up?
An unearthly red in the presidential bed
Tripping and dripping
Dripping right hand, tripping left hand
Oh, my mother is Satan

Touring Background

According to Peter in the liner notes to Colour Sound Oblivion, the day after this gig, “On route to Poland, via the Latvian port of Riga, at dawn, Jhonn passed out cold in the car park, waiting for the bus to pick us up, and couldn’t, or wouldn’t, be woken.”

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?”
Massimo Villani – Pasolini poem reading on “Ostia,” Black Sun Productions’ “Ghost Boy” performance art
Pierce Wyss – Black Sun Productions’ “Ghost Boy” performance art

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Ticket Stubs

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

Venue

Tavastia Klubi
Urho Kekkosen katu 4-6
00100 Helsinki
Finland

Gallery

Attendee Recollections

Tuukka Franck attended this gig and remembers: “Saw them in Finland 2002. Was one of my first magical experiences..”

Known Recordings

Tapes owners/taper:

Unknown.

Concert Recording Downloads

AUD #1Recording download link (archive.org).
AUD #1 (Greg Reason Audio Restoration)Recording download link (archive.org).

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