Coil ‎– Scatology

Threshold House ‎– LOCI CD15, Threshold House ‎– Loci CD 15
CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered

Tracklist Hide Credits

1 Ubu Noir 2:11
2 Panic 4:23
3 At The Heart Of It All 5:15
4 Tenderness Of Wolves
Acoustic Guitar – Alex Ferguson*Vocals, Lyrics By – Gavin Friday
5 The Spoiler 4:12
6 Clap 1:19
7 Restless Day
Guitar – Marc Almond
8 Aqua Regis 2:53
9 Solar Lodge 5:37
10 The Sewage-Worker's Birthday Party 4:26
11 Godhead ~ Deathead 5:18
12 Cathedral In Flames 4:41
13 Tainted Love 5:53

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Reissued with new cover art.
Originally released in 1984.
Remastered 2001.

Track 10 is referred to as 'The S.W.B.P.' in the booklet.

Made in England

Cat# on spine: LOCI CD15
Cat# on CD: Loci CD 15

Printed on cover: Volume One - SCATOLOGY - Remastered
Printed on spine: COIL - Stevø Pay Us What You Owe Us - Vol 2 - SCATOLOGY
Printed on CD: Volume One SCATOLOGY

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 021958 410623
  • Barcode (String): 5021958410623
  • Matrix / Runout: IMPRESS LOCICD15 02 6
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L136
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 04B6
  • Other (Inner ring): MADE IN THE UK BY UNIVERSAL M & L

Other Versions (5 of 17) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
FFK1 Coil Scatology(LP, Album, 1st) Force & Form, K.422 FFK1 UK 1984 Sell This Version
N°562 Coil Scatology(Cass, Album, RE, Unofficial) Not On Label (Coil) N°562 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
LOCI15 Coil Scatology(LP, Album, RE, TP, W/Lbl) Threshold House LOCI15 UK 2001 Sell This Version
RC005 Coil Scatology(Cass, Album, RE, Unofficial) Rose Clouds RC005 2017 Sell This Version
FFK 1 Coil Scatology(LP, Album, TP) Force & Form FFK 1 UK 1984 Sell This Version


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November 15, 2016
If your initiation into the work of Coil consists of later classics like "Love's Secret Domain," the "Unnatural History" compilations, or the "Musick to Play in the Dark" series, you are likely to be surprised by this early effort. This is not to say you will be disappointed, far from it. In fact, you will come to appreciate their work more by seeing yet another example of the variety of sounds they are capable of.

Unlike the atmospheric and abstract tendencies of the Moon Musick stage of their works, Scatology reflects Coil's connection to Throbbing Gristle in the album's aggressive, feedback-driven noise sculptures. On the other hand, the uniqueness and the highly mystical, surreal, sometimes diabolic outlook of Coil is exhibited in full even this early in their work. Much the same can be said for their artistry and reflectiveness; every song has a definite meaning, which is elaborated on in the CD booklet, a helpful companion to the music indeed.

The impressive variety of themes explored therein range from the perverse to the profound, and sometimes one can't tell where one ends and the other begins. Each page is peppered with quotes by sources ranging from Dali, to Dawkins, to Charles Manson and even an Archbishop cautioning the faithful against spiritual delusion.

As for the music, this wide thematic range is reflected there too, paralleled by a wide range of sounds, moods, and textures. A whimsical collage of jazz and symphonic samples with cut-up speech opens the album. This is then followed by an elegantly chaotic dancefloor piece "Panic." A couple of ambient but lively pieces with esoteric themes follow, one of which features gothic legend Gavin Friday crooning poetically about psychic vampires. From here on, the album can best be described as noisy and intrusively rhythmic enough for the industrial set, but with the right amount of melody, strange passion, and eerily ethereal resonance for the gothic set. Orchestral sounds intertwine with oppressive mechanical rhythms and the cryptic waveforms for which we know Coil's synth work. These seemingly disparate sounds form an order in their unique way to serve us as a soundtrack to apocalyptic visions, mass hallucinations, the latent perversion in man showing itself, and a famous vision of the notorious de Sade. Finally, while it seems odd to close such an album with a cover of a cover, Jhonn and Peter don't fail to put their unique touch here either. By some form of poetic alchemy, a sentimental song about the strife of love becomes a revelation of the invasion of love by a then-obscure plague.

Indeed the exploration of the dynamic between love and death has always been a major aim of Coil's work. This album proves that as surely as more famous later works do, and will serve as a great intro for the newcomer and a new enrichment for the longtime fan.