From Altopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search


Labelled by some as "cross-genre", others as "experimental", others still as Industrial.

Formed out of England during 1982 by John Balance—later credited as "Jhonn Balance"—and his life partner and collaborator Peter Christopherson, aka "Sleazy".


This duo worked together on a series of releases before Balance chose the name Coil, which he claimed to be inspired by the omnipresence of the coil's shape in nature. Today, Coil remains one of the most influential and best-known Industrial music groups.

The group's first official release as Coil was a 1984 12" album titled How to Destroy Angels released on the Belgian Les Disques du Crépuscule's sublabel LAYLAH Antirecords.

Following the 12"s success, Some Bizarre Records produced two albums, Scatology, Horse Rotorvator and Coil departed SomeBizzare Label and Produced Love's Secret Domain, which met with little commercial success, but were praised as innovative due to their blend of Industrial and Acid House styles.

In 1985, the group began working on a series of soundtracks, amongst them music for the first Hellraiser movie based on the novel The Hellbound Heart by their acquaintance at that time, Clive Barker.

The group's first live performance in 16 years occurred in 1999, and began a series of mini-tours that would last until 2004. Following the death of John Balance on 13 November 2004, Christopherson announced via their official record label website Threshold House that Coil as an entity had ceased to exist.

Studio Albums List

  1. Scatology (1984)
  2. Horse Rotorvator (1986)
  3. Gold Is the Metal with the Broadest Shoulders (1987)
  4. Love's Secret Domain (1991)
  5. Stolen & Contaminated Songs (1992)
  6. Astral Disaster (1999)
  7. Musick to Play in the Dark Vol. 1 (1999)
  8. Queens of the Circulating Library (CD) (2000 April)
  9. Musick to Play in the Dark Vol. 2 (2000)
  10. Constant Shallowness Leads to Evil (2000)
  11. The Remote Viewer (CD-R/2XCD) (2002 May)
  12. The Restitution of Decayed Intelligence (10") (2003 May)
  13. Black Antlers (2004)
  14. The Ape of Naples (2005)
  15. The New Backwards (2008)


Throbbing Gristle

Psychic TV

Boyd Rice

The Threshold HouseBoys Choir

Zos Kia


Members Name Check

  • John Balance
  • Peter Christopherson
  • Stephen Thrower
  • Drew McDowall
  • William Breeze
  • Thighpaulsandra
  • Ossian Brown

External Links