's first proper single was How To Destroy
released in 1984 on L.A.Y.L.A.H. Antirecords
. The subtitle for this single is "Ritual music for the accumulation of male sexual energy" and the B-side is
either unplayable or blank/groove-less. It was originally meant to be released as a B side to a Psychic TV
single on their Temple
but due to Peter Christopherson
and John Balance
leaving Psychic TV
, it ended up
being released on its own (hence the one-sided vinyl).
As a quick aside, Trent Reznor
named his How To Destroy Angels
side-project after this single!
There are several different pressings for the single and the best way to identify them is by the design of the label and which rights society's name is on the label. The original, first pressing also
came with an A3 poster, which is now very collectable.
needed a record label to release their first album Scatology
. John originally wanted to release it on his own Hearsay And Heresy
label but they eventually released it
via the co-operation of their own label Force & Form
(a Some Bizzare
second album, Horse Rotorvator
, followed in 1986 and is available digitally. Unfortunately Stevo Pearce's shady business practises at Some Bizzare
mostly left the actual artists without much of a pay day and the recordings are still abused to this day… In fact, with the passing of both John Balance
and Peter Christopherson
's music is often bootlegged and released unofficially. As a collector, or even fan, it is hard to know what is official and what isn't - the Brainwashed web site
is an excellent resource.
These two early albums clearly show the start of the transition from harsh experimental industrial sounds towards what has been described as "astral noise psychedelia". But pigeon-holing and trying to
define genre for Coil
is just silly. Obtain these important, early recordings and enjoy them
as they are - they ultimately lead towards the more commercially accessible Love's Secret Domain
which would be released on Wax Trax!
in 1991 (see next week's WaxTraxFriday article
for more about that).
Please note: Unlike previous WaxTraxFriday artists, our Coil discography
is not complete - it's a complicated one especially with lots of unofficial/counterfeit releases and so we'll be working on it over time.