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At Recession Studios

12th October 1983 – Recession Studios, London, England

Set List

  1. Sicktone
  2. Baptism of Fire
  3. Rape
  4. Poisons
  5. Truth


With Zos Kia. Other acts: Peter North, Atrittion.

Debut performances of all songs.

According to official Coil documents outlining the band’s history, the setlist was the same as the following gig at 1983-12-03 Atonal Festival II – Berlin, DE.

In an interview conducted by Peter with John, transcribed in the CD booklet to the Zos Kia / Coil split release Transparent, John remembers: “I remember playing a gig in Hackney with John and Min as Zos Kia / Coil, I think it was with The Apostles – It was a Cause for Concert evening. Dave ‘Nanavesh’ Farmer was there and that’s all I remember – John [Gosling] had taken some MDA and it was the same set as Berlin, around the same time. The lost gig. I remember we decided we wanted to go psychedelic (Monochrome Psychedelia – a phrase we borrowed from ClockDVA’s Adi Newton) from now on, attempting to re-invent the original Exploding Plastic Inevitable experience. Ideas Psychic TV later picked up on.”

Javier Hernando attended this gig and remembers: “Coil apenas se acaban de formar y este casi fue su primer concierto, pues su actuación pocos meses antes en la Air Gallery fue más bien una impactante performance sado-surrealista, heredera de alguna forma de los activistas vieneses, un terreno ya explorado previamente por Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson en Coum Transmissions como lo fue también los poderes mágicos de la música que en esos primeros ochenta se exponía en Psychic TV donde también militaba John Balance; de el conocía su fanzine Stabmental, aparte de varias fotos del dúo en la misma época de la actuación (compartida con Atrittion) que grabé con un cassette portátil.”

Rough Translation: “Coil was just formed and this was almost his first concert, because his performance a few months earlier at the Air Gallery was more of a stunning Sado-surreal performance, inherited in some way from the Viennese activists, a field previously explored by Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson in Coum Transmissions – and he also exposed his musical magic power in the early 1980s in Psychic TV, with whom John Balance also performed; Of him I only knew his fanzine ‘Stabmental’, apart from seeing several photos of the duo around the same time as this performance (shared with Atrittion) that I recorded with a portable cassette recorder… I’ve listened to the tape again and now have doubts if the track really is Coil. The first track of the tape I recognize because it is the same as that other recording, live with Zos Kia, but the other part could be Peter North (the modificated sax or wind instrument is strange), the other usual participant in the Recession Studios and that, on this day, shared the show with Coil and Atrittion.”

On the tape Javier provided, “Baptism of Fire” seems like the final track of Coil’s set, as much silence and then a cut follow the song’s end, but there’s really no way of knowing for sure.


With Zos Kia.

John Balance – stick bass
John Gosling – violin, bass, vocals
Min – drums, vocals

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Recession Studios,
London E8

Known Recordings

Tapes owners/taper:
AUD #1 – Javier Hernando

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