Themes From Great Cities

It might have come to your attention that I'm not a regular poster of love and understanding, which you will just have to get used to. I will however, have bursts of creativity where I move completely randomly from post to post with no rhyme or reason. I have recently posted a few singles (7 & 12”) and the odd bootleg which have been received very well by all who visit. More of the same will continue as you, dear readers, seem to be enjoying them.

Some of the rips are my own, but many more are from other blogs and I’m just sharing the wealth. If other bloggers out there wish to share the rips from my posts, please as I do, host them yourself. To combat this, the FLAC files that are over 6 months old will be replaced with MP3 files.

Finally I am happy to re-up old posts where the link has expired. Please comment in the relevant posts comments box.

Friday

TAINTED LOVE




Following on from the truly awesome Virgin Prunes is always going to be a challenge. I decided to take this journey on a sharp left turn as there is a connection between the Virgin Prunes and Coil...

Coil's first official full-length album, Scatology, originally released on LP in 1984 is one of the essential landmarks in the group's discography and, moreover, one of the '80s industrial scene's more vital and influential recordings. This is the first part of the essential Coil trilogy that also includes Horse Rotorvator and Love's Secret Domain. The 1984 album exhibits the group at its early industrial stage, in transition to the undefined genre of astral noise psychedelia that Coil would inhabit for the following decades without peer or precedent. The core duo of Peter Christopherson and John Balance are joined by Clint Ruin (aka Jim Thirlwell), whose role in the production cannot be underestimated, as well as Stephen E. Thrower, Throbbing Gristle's Alex Ferguson, vocalist Gavin Friday of the Virgin Prunes, and one Raoul Revere (who is in fact British pop legend and Soft Cell vocalist Marc Almond). "Restless Day" is a haunting rumination that defies description, other than being an utterly essential self-defining moment in the Coil paradigm, with an atmosphere hanging in the tense space between harsh noise and harmony that apparently causes time to cease. "The Tenderness of Wolves" features the vocals of Friday in one of the more poetic moments of the '80s post-industrial sound. At the album's sombre end, this outstanding work finishes with a rendition of "Tainted Love" featuring Almond, who had made the track a new wave hit with Soft Cell. Here, however, the tune is given a bleak slow-motion version that could be read as a tragically suggestive commentary on the AIDS epidemic of the era. The album was originally released on Force & Form/Some Bizzare, and was the subject of numerous bootlegs and illegitimate versions. Maybe the numerous LP and CD versions that have appeared since its original release are suggestive of just how vital the album is, not only in the Coil discography but to the industrial electronica scene as a whole. This repress was made in the UK, unlike the original CD, which was made in Switzerland.



"The Spoiler" is an unreleased alternative version. "Restless Day" is a CD bonus track, originally released on the compilation Devastate To Liberate (Yang-Ki Records). Bonus tracks "Aqua Regis" and "Tainted Love" are taken from the Panic / Tainted Love 12” single. Track 14 “The Wheel” is not listed on the cover, but it definitely appears on the CD. "Restless Day" and "Aqua Regis" are listed in the wrong order on the cover. The correct track order appears here.

 Scatology is nothing short of essential.

Tracklist

1.      Ubu Noir
2.      Panic
3.      At the Heart of it All
4.      Tenderness of Wolves
5.      The Spoiler
6.      Clap
7.      Restless Day
8.      Aqua Regis
9.      Solar Lodge
10.  The S.W.B.P.
11.  Godhead=Deathead
12.  Cathedral in Flames
13.  Tainted Love
14.   The Wheel

4 comments:

  1. good records you posted so far.... keep the good stuff and thanks from argentina

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thanks for the comment Anon from Argentina. I will do my best!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Great stuff here - could you re-up this, please?

    ReplyDelete