Friday, 19 November 2010


and speaking of...

Don't think of Coil as hauntological though their influences clearly started them from similar directions. They saw things in those 60s70s mnemonic tropes that no one else did and never came close to emulating them - breaking off instead into purer patterns, stargazing and odd joy.

The ELpH stuff is as near as they came.


  1. I'd agree that Coil's stuff touches on a lot of the same obsessions as things which are more often called hauntological but explores them on a path which is parallel. And I think that part of that is the purism and also intentional time-lessness of a lot of it ('Musick cures you of time').

    But when Coil came up here before I realised that for me I think the closest stuff is actually the more collaged and plundered stuff on albums like Horse Rotorvator and maybe especially the out-of-series/'out-take' albums 'Gold is the Metal' and 'Stolen and Contaminated Songs' where English reality and banality are explicitly included or allowed to intrude. I'm thinking of the titles 'Herald'/'... Of Free Enterprise' (Zeebrugge ferry disaster, 1987), drunken London conversations received via 'Metal in the Head' and lyrics like 'Throw his bones over/The White Cliffs of Dover' in Ostia (Death of Pasolini).

    Then there came moonplague's post on the funeral of Geff Burton/John Balance and its comments revealing that his last public performance was of the theme from Are You Being Served?

  2. yeah: good call on the earlier Coil stuff dragging up banal beauties (though of the present rather than the past?) and foreshadowing a certain hauntological drift... it was perhaps apt that after a decade of moon/stargazing, the last song dragged Mr Humphreys et al into the astral plane...