2002 – Ydrogeios Club

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At Ydrogeios Club

5th October 2002 – Ydrogeios Club, Thessaloniki, Greece

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

Soundcheck

  1. Drip Drop (We Have Flowers Coming Out of Our Arses)

Background

Feeling: Reflective

Live Four” phase. Final live performance of “Lake View”.

A mini-poster advertising this gig has surfaced.

This was the first time a Coil gig was recorded on 24tk. digital multitrack. John’s vocal stems from “Amethyst Deceivers” were later used on “The Last Amethyst Deceiver,” off of 2005’s The Ape of Naples.

This is the first time “Sine Waves” has the “I am Angie Bowie, NO!” lyric. It segways into “The Last Rites of Spring,” which features a long opening monologue, as follows: “William Burroughs told me so. William Burroughs told me so. William Burroughs told me so. William Burroughs told me so. I met him at a party in SoHo. With the New York artists used to hang out. In the bowery, in the la, uh, Laurie Anderson tried out. Laurie Anderson used to try it out. She ended up with Lou Reed, ha. She ended up with Lou Reed, ha. She ended up with Lou Reed, ha. She ended up with Lou Reed, ha. She ended up with Lou Reed, ha. The thing is I’ve heard this story so many times now from the artistic communities in SoHo, oh no, not another fucking story from the artistic communities in SoHo. In SoHo. It’s time to stop repeating these stories. It’s time to stop repeating these stories. It’s time to stop repeating what Lou Reed said. It’s time to pop repeating what Lou Reed said about John Cale talking about Sterling Morrison. Oh European Son, your time is done. You killed your European son. Well, another one’s been born. Families are performed. Families have been malformed. But I am Angie Bowie, I am Angie Bowie, I am Angie Bowie, I am Angie Bowie, I have Angie Bowie’s story. I am Angie Bowie’s story. I have Angie Bowie’s story, ee ee ee ee…and now, we’re children of the black sun.” SoHo is a neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, New York City, known for its growing artist population in the 70s. Laurie Anderson started dating Lou Reed in 1992 and married him in 2008, staying with him until his death from liver disease in 2013. Lou Reed, John Cale, and Sterling Morrison formed The Velvet Underground in 1964, along with drummer Angus Maclise, who heavily inspired Coil with his own avant garde music after he left the band. The Velvet Underground became known for their Exploding Plastic Inevitable shows with Nico and Andy Warhol, which were also huge influences on Coil. “European Son” was the 11th and last track off of the band’s debut The Velvet Underground and Nico from 1967 – John namechecks the line “You killed your European son” from the song. After the song, John says, “Dedicated to Williams S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin, who let the mice in.”

As “Are You Shivering?” commences, John says, “Lemur. Moon musick, moon musick.”

Before and as “Amethyst Deceivers” commences, he says, “Thank you. Thank you. Are you still shivering?” Someone says, “Yeah!” John continues, “Are you still cold? Does your madness shine bright?” Audience members say, “Yes, yes. More,” and John replies, “You want more madness? You’ll get it, you’re gonna get it, but it’s up to you too. More madness. Lunacy, lunacy. You will see lunacy. You will see lunacy. But first, some mushrooms. Small. You don’t know what sort I’m talking about, do you?” The audience laughs and cheers a bit. This version of the song starts off with the electronic percussion instrument. Future versions would all cycle with which one they’d start with.

Before and as “A Warning from the Sun” begins, John says, “A large bright knife. A large bright knife. A large bright knife. A large bright night. A large bright knife. I’m going to nail my fingers to my hands. But then, who was carry my arms? But then, who will carry my arms, if I nail my fingers to my hands? If I eat my teeth, what will I find beneath? I’m going to nail my fingers to my hands. If I nail my fingers to my hands, I will hear a warning. Warning. ‘A Warning from the Sun.’ If I nail my fingers to my hands. If I nail my fingers to my hands. If I nail my fingers to my head. If I leave my nails, to put nails in my head…in my head.” The song segways into “Lake View,” where again, John delivers some exclusive lyrics:

Drown it…  

Never turn the lights on [repeated]
In a dark room [repeated]  

We, impossible
It all seems impossible
It seems so small
But it’s a long way down
If you’re going to fall  

It’s a long way down
When you’re deep within 

An accoision [sic];
Where disablement equals sin
We sent a floral tribute
It floated down the river
And into the sea  

It seems a long way down
When wrong a long time
Read your message a long time  

It seems a long way down
It seems a long way down
If you’re going to fall  

It seems a long way down
If you’re going to fall [repeated]  

If you’re going…
If you’re going to fall

After “Lake View” and before “Ostia,” John says, “‘The Universe is a Haunted House,’ that was.” Due to the use of the video projection called “Lake View” on the Coil Reconstruction Kit and the fact that it’s a completely different song, to avoid confusion, the song is labeled “Lake View” here. Someone in the audience requests, “Circles of Mania,” and John asks, “What? What did you say? ‘Circus of Manias’? Not yet. Maybe one day soon, but it is something from Horse Rotorvator. ‘Ostia,’ yes.”

Before and as “I Don’t Want to Be the One” begins, John says, “Get my microphone stand back again. Dedicated, of course, to Pasolini. The lion who lies down in the sunshine. He took too many narcotics, you see, and then he couldn’t wake up in time. Burn it while you see. Or do you see? Do you see what you want? Do you see? Do you want to see? Do you want? Do you want to see me? Do you want to see? What do you want to see? What do you want to see? Do you want? What do you want? ‘Cuz I don’t wanna do it. I don’t want to be. I don’t want to be seen that way by other people, you know, projecting stuff onto me, because that’s not who I am. That’s not what you know about me and I know about you, you know? It’s, it’s about being something else, you know, it’s a projection, it’s what you see in me. So, sometimes, I just say this thing I have it in my head that I don’t want. I don’t want it in my head. What you put in there, I can’t take out. I don’t want to be the one.” Later in the song, he sings some exclusive/rare lyrics: “And why they left, and left a sense of shame in me / Why they left a sense of shame in me / Why they left a sense of shame in me/ I don’t want, and what I want, I usually get / Can you fucking listen / Don’t you fucking listen to me / Are you listening? / I don’t want, usually get.” After the song, he says, “I am the one sometimes, but sometimes I have to be anyway, so.”

After “Bang Bang,” John says, “How come a Sonny Bono song gets the most applause in a Coil set? I guess everyone’s got a little Nancy Sinatra in them everywhere.” Someone in the audience says, “Yeah, boy!”

As “An Unearthly Red” begins, John says, “Are we going to fly? Yes, we are. We’ve been flying all along. Captain Clark welcomes you aboard as you enter the door.” This version includes some interesting lyrics:

The president of the Americas woke up
And he had something dripping from his fingers
Dripping red
Dripping something wet and stripping
Stripping every asset that he had from the debt
And he woke up dripping red
He droke [sic] up an unearthly red
He woke up
And he thought he was dreaming, but then he wasn’t
He was dreaming, and then he was screaming
He was streaming, then he was screaming
He was dreaming, then screaming (repeated)
He wasn’t dreaming (repeating)

He said, “Let it come down!”
He said, “Bring it all down!”
Well, your mother must be Satan
If your father is God
Oh God, his father is God

And the president of the Americas woke up
And his hand is wet, and is in bed
It was dripping, and it was tripping
And he was he tripping, or was he dripping
And was he dripping or was he tripping?
Was he dripping or was he tripping?
Tripping, dripping [repeated variously]
Tripping, tripping, tripping an unearthly red cup
It’s an unearthly red!
An unearthly red (repeated)

He said, “God…”
He said, “My mother…”
He said something about my mother
He said “Your mother is a whore!”
Mother of all wars [manipulated]

It wasn’t me
My…listen…
He said “Your mother is a whore!”
She is da mother of all wars
She is the mother of all wars
Mother of all wars

Not too special now, are you?!
Not so special now, are you?!

Bleh bleh bleh bleh! (repeated)
She is an animal!
She, oh, wow!
Shut up, shut the fuck up!
What are you talking about, anyway?!

She is the mother of all whores
She is the mother of all wars
“Father is God”
“As God is my father”
It’s gonna be the mother of all wars

After the song, he gives a farewell: “Thank you very much. We really appreciate you coming tonight because we’ve been waiting to come to this place for ages and all people have come from Athens especially, and however far you’ve come, even if you just live here around the corner, thank you so much for coming. We really enjoyed being here. We hope to come again soon. Thank you very much, goodnight.”

October 6, 2002

According to Phil Barrington in his book The Golden Age of Bloodsports: The Collected Words, Lyrics, and Performed Songs of Jhonn Balance, the day after this gig, “Jhonn disappear[ed] from his hotel room the next morning, missing the band’s flight home (the band being forced to leave without him). His whereabouts [were] not known for days, his low-key return to Oak Bank looking “very spaced out” before his unhinged performance at Megalithomania sealed the lid on his long-term relationship with Peter.”

Line-up

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

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Ticket Stubs

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Venue

Ydrogeios Club
54628
Thessaloníki
Greece

Gallery

AMT #1a + AMT #3 + SBD Matrix Mix

AMT #1b – Version of Video with No Effects and Desync

According to Ben S., this version is possibly an NTSC DVD bootleg rip, explaining the 30 fps and desync.

Known Recordings

Tapes owners/taper:

AMT #1 – Drivas George.
AMT #2 – John Karabelas.
AMT #3 – Davide Gostoli.

Drivas George does not know why there are differences between AMT #1a and AMT #1b of his recording, and says that the original H8 tape is lost somewhere in his archive of thousands of tapes.

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