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At Fabrik

10th April 2002 – Dark Electric Avantgarde, Fabrik, Hamburg, Germany

Set List

  1. Anarcadia: All Horned Animals
  2. Amethyst Deceivers (Version 2)
  3. Slur
  4. A Cold Cell
  5. Broccoli (Version 1)
  6. Paranoid Inlay
  7. Sick Mirrors
  8. A.Y.O.R.
  9. Backwards

Background

Feeling: Reflective

“Backwards / The Remote Viewer” phase.

Amethyst Deceivers

John: “Dr. Crowley and Dr. Ausley welcome you to the spectral health spa, specializing in astral disasters, broken auras, ectoplasmic disorders, and people in need of celestial lubrication.”

Slur

John: “This song is dedicated to a good friend, who I haven’t seen for a long time, Marc Almond. It’s also dedicated to all the mushroom boys.”

Roman lands of Roman sands and Roman sons
Roman lands of Roman sands and Roman sons

As I watch the sun sink down on the blood red edge of the blood red town
There are shadows for sale
On the edge of town
On the edge of the night
Is a darkness seen
From the side of the light

And the winds blow ’round this sleeping town, this sleeping town
This Roman sons of Roman suns and Roman sands

And seems to me that when I close my eyes
All the lights in the world
Go out
And the night passes me, and you whisper to me a thousand lies
I stare in surprise
Towards the desert’s warm black
And the desert stares
And the desert stares back
With a thousand eyes, piercing eyes, ancient eyes

And I ask my lovers, “Do you know where the desert roses bloom and grow?”
I ask my lovers, “Do you know where the desert roses bloom and grow?”
I ask my lovers, “Do you know where the desert roses bloom and grow?”
Bloom and grow
And I ask my lovers, “Do you know where the desert roses bloom and grow?”

And I ask my lovers, “Do you know where the desert roses bloom and grow?”
I ask my lovers, “Do you know where the desert roses bloom and grow?”

John (after the song): “Thank you.”

A Cold Cell

John: “Uh, Coil tonight are Simon ‘Ossian’ Norris on keyboards, and our hurdy-gurdy player is Cliff Stapleton, Mike, Michael York on the Breton bagpipes, and someone who used to be in a band or two that you may know, uh, Sleazy Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson, and I am Angie Bowie, tonight. I am Angie Bowie. Couldn’t you tell the moment I walked on? This song actually is very serious. In fact, it’s about people in prisons in particular in Azerbaijan, from the video, and about people in prisons everywhere, and Flora.” This is one of only two times I know of where John meticulously introduced every member of Coil live. Angie Bowie was the wife of David Bowie, who was famous in her own right for costume work, modeling, writing/reporting, and open bisexuality. John eventually added the lyric “I am Angie Bowie, no!” to the song “Sine Waves,” in effect also changing the name of that song to “I Am Angie Bowie (Sine Waves)”!

John (after the song): Thank you.

Broccoli

John: “This next one is about ancestor worship, and it’s called – it’s a vegetable, heh – and it’s called ‘Broccoli.’” He opens the song by vocalizing just off mic but audibly.

Avatars, avatars, avatars, avatars
Avatars, avatars, avatars, avatars
Avatars, avatars, avatars, avatars
Avatars, avatars

Wise words from the departing
The death of the mother and the death of the father
Is something you prepare for for all your life
Is something you prepare for for all their life

Wise words from the departing
Eat your greens, especially broccoli

Wise words from the departing
Always wear sensible shoes
And always say “please” and “thank you”
Especially for the things you never had
Especially for the things you never had

Wise words from the departing
Eat your greens, especially broccoli
By working the soil, we cultivate the sky
And enter the vegetable kingdom of our own making
By working the soil, we cultivate good manners
That is to say “please” and to say “thank you”
Especially for the things you never had

You never had, you never had, you never had, you never had
You never had, you never had, you never had! You never had!
You never had! You never had! You never had! You never had
You never had, you never had, you never had, you never had
You never had, you never had, you never had, you never had

Wise words from the departing
Eat your greens, especially broccoli
Eat your greens, especially broccoli
You never had, you never had, you never had, you never had
You never had, you never had, you never had, you never had
You never had, you never had, you never had, you never had
You never had, you never had, you never had, you never had
Especially had low (?)
You never had, you never had, you never had, you never had
You never had, you never had, you never had, you never had
You never had, you never had, you never had
So please say “thank you,” especially for broccoli

I never had

John would do the lengthy “You never had!” portion in every successive performance of the song, until the song’s revival during the “Even an Evil Fatigue” tour/Black Antlers live phase.

Paranoid Inlay

John: “This next song is about the malice contained within inanimate objects, and it’s dedicated to two people, one of which is Jim is, uh, Jim Woodring, who is a fantastic cartoonist living in America and I recommend you seek his work out. That’s Jim Woodring, and it’s also for his wife Mary.” Woodring is currently still alive and is most famous for his magazine Jim and anthropomorphic cartoon character Frank.

Serenity is a problem when you’ve been this close to heaven
What you really wanted to see is the wonders of the underworld
I caught St. Peter’s disease as he rattled his keys
Now, serenity is a problem, serenity is a problem

Serenity is a problem

Such a paranoid inlay
Pain by numbers, just join the dots

Now, serenity is a problem
Serenity is a problem when you’ve been this close to heaven

Bloody British bulldozers
These vegetables are suicidal
Now, serenity is a problem
He said, “It seems concussion suits me”
He said, “It seems concussion suits me”
He said, “It seems concussion suits me”

Dear Diary, I must take risks
I must not be afraid of failure
And these are the things
Some of the things I need to give up
Crystalline ladders, shiny things, mirrorballs
I used to believe in mirrorballs
I need to give up television
I need to switch it off before it switches me off for good
I need to stop being afraid of people I haven’t met yet
I need to give up leading from behind
Television and telephones, television and telephones, television and telephones
And internet, and internet
Television and telephones, televisions and telephones
And internet, and internet, and internet, internet
Internet

Because serenity is a problem
Serenity is a problem when you’ve been this close to heaven
When you really wanted to see the wonders of the underworld
I caught St. Peter’s disease as he rattled his keys
Now, serenity is a problem

England awakes, England expectorates
England awakes, England expectorates
England awakes, and England expectorates

The “England awakes, England expectorates” line is a callback to “I Am the Green Child.”

Sick Mirrors

John: “This next one is a somnambulist ambulance thing. It was whispered to me by the hairy mother of God.”

This is the first “long version” of the track, clocking in at about 13 minutes. These lengthy performances would often include a section near the beginning where John vocalizes before singing any lyrics. Over eight minutes go by in this version before John starts singing.

Ooh…
Mum, mum, mum…
Ah, mum, mum…
Mmm…
Ee, mmm…
(Etc.)

Whispers, whispers, whispers to me
Whispers to me
Whispers, whispers, whispers to me
Whispers, whispers, whispers to me
Whispers, whispers, whispers from the sea
Whispers, whispers, whispers to me
Whispers, he whispers, he whispers to the sea

Something black and something red
Something black broke another thing’s back
And something red made another thing dead
And something black broke another thing’s back
The sick mirrors, the sick mirrors, the sick

And something red killed another thing dead
And something black broke another thing’s back
Uh, oh, the sick mirrors, the sick
Oh, the sick mirrors, the sick
Oh, the sick mirrors, the sick mirrors, the sick mirrors
The sick mirrors, the sick mirrors, the sick
Oh, the sick mirrors, the sick mirrors, the sick
Oh, the sick mirrors, the sick mirrors, the sick

Oh, the sick mirrors, the sick mirrors, the sick mirrors, the sick
Oh, the sick mirrors, the sick mirrors, the sick
And something red killed another thing dead
And something black broke another thing’s back
Oh, the sick mirrors, the sick mirrors, the sick mirrors, the sick mirrors
The sick mirrors, the sick mirrors, the sick mirrors, the sick mirrors
The sick mirrors
Mirrors, the sick mirrors, the sick mirrors, the sick mirrors
The sick mirrors, the sick mirrors, the sick mirrors, the sick

A.Y.O.R.

John: “Oh, yes. An infecto, an infector calls. Everything you do in life, whatever you’re doing is at your own risk, it’s at your own risk!” He does not sing much on this performance of the song.

H.I.V. all I see
H.I.V. all I see

Backwards

John: “It’s hot, it’s hot, it’s hot, , which is good, which is good, which is good, and that means everything can keep dissolving, everything keep dissolving, and if you look up there, there’s a wounded galaxy tapping at the window, just over there. A wounded galaxy tapping at the window.”

John drops the mic at the end of the song. His closing words: “Remember, constant shallowness leads to evil, and that’s all, folks, thank you.”

Line-up

John Balance – vocals, sleigh bells on “Anarcadia: All Horned Animals”
Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson – Ableton sequence, video projections, Clavia Nord Modular Synthesizer
Simon Norris (Ossian Brown) – Clavia Nord Modular Lead Synthesizer, sleigh bells on “Anarcadia: All Horned Animals”
Cliff Stapleton – hurdy-gurdy
Mike York – Breton bagpipes, bombarde on “Anarcadia: All Horned Animals,” balalaika on “Broccoli” and “Paranoid Inlay”

Andy Ray – live engineer

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Venue

Dark Electric Avantgarde
FABRIK Stiftung
Barnerstraße 36
22765
Hamburg

Gallery

AMT #1 – Brief Clip of the End of “Backwards”

Find it here. 

Known Recordings

Tapes owners/taper:

AMT #1 – Claus Laufenburg

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