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At Fylkingen

19th October 2002 – Fylkingen, Stockholm, SE

Set List

  1. The Last Rites of Spring
  2. The Universe is a Haunted House (Drip Drop)
  3. Ostia
  4. Bang Bang (Sonny Bono Cover)
  5. Are You Shivering?

The Last Coil Gig to Surface!

On November 1, 2022, Anders W. shared AUD #1 with LCA and finally laid the setlist speculation to rest. It took over 20 years, but we finally have representative recordings of every major Coil gig!

Background

Feeling: Reflective

Live Four” phase.

Coil would be passing through Stockholm to get from Oslo to Helsinki, so they decided to schedule this gig just over a week before it would take place. The day of, Brainwashed announced: “Coil are currently in the middle of a European tour. In addition to the previously announced dates, there is apparently an impromptu concert taking place tonight (October 19th) in Stockholm, Sweden. This tour was originally planned to end with two shows in Italy on November 1th & 2th, but it appears that the final stop will now be in Vienna on October 29th. However, it is rumoured that Coil will be joining Black Sun Productions on stage at their November 4th performance of the Plastic Spider Thing ritual at Teatro I’ in Milano.”

Exhausted from the long travel and coming down with bad colds, the entire band decided to play a short set comprised of just five songs. At around 51 minutes in length, not counting the pre-2000 and Megalithomania shows, this is the shortest concert Coil ever played. The concert organizers requested the audience not to smoke during the show so as to not aggravate the band members’ colds any further.

The venue had a grand piano which Thighpaulsandra played on “The Universe is a Haunted House (Drip Drop)” and “Bang Bang.” He would later do this at the 2002-10-27 Prague show as well.

The Last Rites of Spring

We are children
We are children
We are children
We are children of the black sun
We are children of the black sun
We are children
We are children

Born under a black sun
Born under a black sun
We are children
We are children
We are children
We are children

William Burroughs is hallucinating in space
And William Burroughs is hallucinating in space [repeated, manipulated]

And the animal saliva is alive
The animal saliva is alive
The animal saliva is hallucinating in space [repeated, manipulated]
Animal survivor will salive
The animal saliva will survive
The animal saliva will survive
Animal survivor will survive
The animal saliva will survive
The animal saliva will survive

Animal saliva is hallucinating in [repeated, manipulated]
William Burroughs is hallucinating space

The saliva is alive
The animal saliva is, the saliva will survive
The animal saliva is hallucinating in space
The animal saliva is hallucinating in space
Spiral animal will survive
Saliva in a spiral will survive
The animal saliva will survive
The animal saliva will survive in space
The animal saliva will survive in space
The animal saliva will survive in space

And William Burroughs
William Burroughs [repeated]
William Burroughs is hallucinating this case
William Burroughs is hallucinating this case [repeated, manipulated]

And the animal saliva will survive
And the animal saliva will survive in space

John (after the song): “And the film you/we were watching there was a lemur, and it was eating a millipede, and getting the poison out, and it was tripping on the poison. And I really wish that William Burroughs and Brion Gysin had seen this piece of footage because he loved lemurs, he loved tripping, and he doesn’t produce the animals. Hallucinate the drugs. Everything that we do is for animals.”

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 lemurs just do it to build their immune systems.

The Universe is a Haunted House (Drip Drop)

At around 19 minutes, this is the second longest performance of the song, after the Megalithomania debut. Ossian removed both the head and body sections of Massimo and Pierce’s costumes during this song.

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

Whistle and I’ll call to you, my lad (my lad, my lad, my lad…)
Whistle and I’ll come to you, my lad
Whistle and I’ll come to you, my lad
Whistle and I’ll cut you
Whistle and I’ll cut you, and I’ll come
Whistle and I’ll cut you with a knife
Whistle and I’ll slice you with a knife
Whistle and I’ll slice in you, my wife [?]
Whistle, whistle

Whistle and I’ll come to you, my lad
Whistle and I’ll own my life [?]
…my life [?]
I save my life, and… [?]
Whistle and I’ll come to you, my lad

Whistle and I’ll [?] to you, my wife
[Baby cries]
[?]
Whistle and I’ll slice you with my knife
Whistle and I’ll slice you with my knife
Whistle and I’ll slice you with my life
[?]

…come to me, and I’ll slice you with my knife
If you come to me, I’ll slice you with my knife
Whistle
I’ll cut an equation and watch them die [?]
[?]
It’s an evasion
[?]

Whistle and I’ll come to you, my lad
Slice is
Slice
Slice
Whistle
[?]

There are angels made of mass
There are angels made of mass
There are angels made of mass
There are [only] angels made of mass [repeated, manipulated]
Whistle

John (after the song): “Thank you very much. Problem mathematics. Lots of equations that man makes basics of.”

Ostia

John: “‘Ostia’ from Horse Rotorvator.”

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

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

And the car reverses over
The body in the basin
You can hear his bones humming
You can hear his bones humming

Leon like a lion
Is sleeping in the sunshine
Lion lies down
Lion lies down

You can hear his bones humming
Oh, throw his bones over
The white cliffs of Dover

And murder me, and murder me
And murder me, and murder me

You can hear his bones humming
Leon like a lion
Sleeping in the sunshine
Lion lies down
Lion lies down

So throw his bones over
So throw his bones over
The white cliffs of Dover

Leon like a lion
Is sleeping in the sunshine
Lion lies down
Lion lies down
Lion lies down
Lion lies down

Peter cuts the backing track short, leading John to sing the last verse against only the rumble of synths.

John (after the song): “Oh, thank you very much.”

Bang Bang

Because “I Don’t Want to Be the One” wasn’t played and without any video or photographic evidence, it’s unclear when Massimo and Pierce started bleeding fake blood from their mouths. Based on the one snippet of the song from AMT #1 where they’re already covered in blood, the duo don’t appear to kiss at any point, instead flanking either side of the stage looking forlorn.

I was four and he was six
We rode on horses made of sticks
And he wore black, and I wore white
And he would always win the fight

Bang bang, he shot me down
Bang bang, I hit the ground
Bang bang, that awful sound
Bang bang, my baby shot me down

Seasons came and changed the times
When I grew up, I called him mine
And he would laugh, and he would say,
“Remember when we used to play

Bang bang, I shot you down
Bang bang, you hit the ground
Bang bang, that awful sound
Bang bang, I used to shoot you down”

Music played and people sang
Just for me, the church bells rang
And now he’s gone, I don’t know why
Until this day, sometimes, I cry
He didn’t even say goodbye
He didn’t take the time to lie

Bang bang, he shot me down
Bang bang, I hit the ground
Bang bang, that awful sound
My baby shot me down

John (after the song): “And that was dedicated to Courtney Love.” The audience laughs.

Are You Shivering?

John: “Some moon musick. Some moon musick for moon musick people.”

Are you still shivering?
Are you still cold?
Are you drowning in silver,
Or are you bathed in gold?
Are you still shivering?
Are you still cold?
Are you drowning in silver,
Or are you bathed in gold?

I sit down and shiver
In your silver river
This stream’s a vitality
With filaments as fine as a spider’s web
They pour from your mouth
They pour from your mouth
I sit down and shiver
In your silver river

Are you loathsome tonight?
Does your madness shine bright?
Are you loathsome tonight?

In the oceans of the moon
Swimming squid-like and squalid
The bright moon is a liquid
This dark earth is a solid
Are you loathsome tonight?
Does your madness shine bright?
Are you loathsome tonight?

Are you still shivering?
Are you still cold?
Are you bathed in silver,
Or are you drowned in gold?
Are you loathsome tonight?
Does your madness shine bright?
I sit down and shiver
In your silver river

With filaments of vitality
These filaments of vitality
Strong and thin as a spider’s web
They pour from your mouth
They pour from your mouth
They pour from your mouth

I shit down, civil [?]
I still see the crisis [?]
I still see the crisis [?]
I still see the crisis [?]

Ahh…
Are you still shivering?
In the oceans of the moon
Swimming squid-like and squalid
This bright moon is a liquid
This dark earth is a solid
Are you loathsome tonight?
Does your madness shine bright?
Are you loathsome tonight?

John’s closing words: “Thank you very much. We had to play a short set tonight. Uh, that’s it for this evening, and thank you very much for coming. We were Coil. We appreciate you coming very much. Thank you.” The audience continues to clap and stomp for an encore for a few minutes.

Line-up

John Balance – vocals, baby rattle
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

Fylkingen
Torkel Knutssonsgatan 2
118 25 STOCKHOLM

Gallery

AMT #1

Attendee Recollection(s)

Peter Åkerbäck attended this gig and remembers: “Copenhagen and Stockholm. Its all a haze, but I do remember shaking hands with Peter and John after the Fylkingen gig (its a very small venue and after a concert its always very intimate) and Peter said ‘This was so much better then in Denmark’ 🙂 John was very happy and had gotten a whole back of beer that ha carried around 🙂 By the way, the whole Fylkingen gig was recorded by a very good camera. This is standard on Fylkingen every time, I hope someday they find it XD…And yes this is the actual baby rattle used by Jhonn at Fylkingen…He sort of drop it in front of the stage and I grabbed it. It may have been Fylkingen property by I do not really care, its mine now” On October 18, 2020, Peter shared a picture of the baby rattle on Facebook:

Anders W. recorded AUD #1 and remembers: “Hi! I was reminded by an old friend the other day that the concert at Fylkingen in Stockholm was 20 years ago last week, and also remembered that I had promised myself (over a year ago, but life got in the way, as always) to contact you about that concert. As you have already noted, this was a surprise gig, added to the tour at very short notice (just over a week, I believe), as they were passing through Stockholm anyway between Oslo and Helsinki. They were all very, very tired and (according to someone I knew slightly who had talked to them) coming down with a bad cold, and were just barely in shape to play at all, so it’s maybe not surprising that the setlist was severely shortened that night compared to the other gigs on the tour. (Before they went on the arrangers asked everyone not to smoke during the gig, because they didn’t want to get any sicker than they already were.) So, I went to the concert, recorded it on MiniDisc (Sony MZ-N707 with a borrowed Sony mic, model unknown), and later made an analog transfer to my then-current PowerBook G4 for burning a CDR. I saw that Stockholm is still mostly missing from your set of recordings, so I ripped the CDR to FLAC a while ago (the original AIFF files are long lost)…If you want to credit me, ‘Anders W’ or even ‘Anonymous’ is enough, but it’s really enough reward to know that I can help someone fill a gap in their knowledge and/or collection. :-)”

Kristoffer Löving remembers: “I was told back then at least that it was an informal gig arranged by friends of theirs in Stockholm in between the tour stops and that Fylkingen weren’t involved. As far as I recall it wasn’t advertised in any way either, just word of mouth.” John Lundell responded: “that’s correct, Kristoffer. The legend says that they were in Stockholm to record in the EMS studio because they wanted to use the Buchla and Serge synths.”

Known Recordings

Tapes owners/taper:

AUD #1 – Anders W.
AMT #2 – Fylkingen organizers, taper and copyright owner are two different people

Concert Recording Downloads

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Original Speculation on the Setlist

As of October 29, 2022, this is outdated speculation on the concert’s setlist before it was confirmed, reserved here for posterity.

Probable Set List (Concert Has Not Surfaced In Its Entirety)

  1. I Am Angie Bowie (Sine Waves)
  2. The Last Rites of Spring
  3. Amethyst Deceivers (Version 3)
  4. A Warning from the Sun
  5. Drip Drop
  6. Ostia
  7. I Don’t Want to Be the One
  8. Bang Bang (Sonny Bono Cover)
  9. Are You Shivering?

Confirmed Songs:

  1. The Last Rites of Spring (Picture)
  2. Drip Drop (Video Clip)
  3. Ostia (Picture)
  4. Bang Bang (Video Clip)
  5. Are You Shivering? (Video Clip)
  6. Moulin Blanc (?) (Picture)

Regarding the probable setlist above, certain copies of the three video snippets place “Are You Shivering?” as the first song in order, while some put it last, thus some confusion. If “Are You Shivering?” was played last, then they skipped “An Unearthly Red,” but if it was played as the third song in the set, then they also played “An Unearthly Red.” Given the fact Massimo and Pierce have already spit blood upon themselves during “Are You Shivering?” a move which they would not normally do until “I Don’t Want to Be the One,” it’s most likely their setlist is as I mark it above.

However, to be even more confusing, Ossian is seen in AMT #1 to remove the lower part of Massimo’s black costume during “Drip Drop,” a song by which point the pair have already discarded their costumes entirely. It’s possible “Drip Drop” is the 3rd song in the set, then, given that’s the usual point Thighpaulsandra and Ossian would remove that article of Massimo and Pierce’s clothing! But then, pictures reveal that Ossian walks back to Massimo, to remove the top part as well – again, something which does not normally happen. Usually the removal of the bottom and top parts of the costume are spaced out between two songs at any given point.

I guess it’s still up in the air, since Coil were known to occasionally mix up the setlists, choreography, and backing projections in unpredictable ways. For example, two pictures show they played the “Moulin Blanc” backing video behind them at one point, something which they did not normally do. Maybe they played an exclusive song? Who knows.