Coil ‎– The Side Effects Of Life

Threshold House ‎– none
Cassette, Single Sided


Demos/Rough mixes of material that was later released as the Love's Secret Domain LP and part of the Wrong Eye/Scope 7"

Fidgit is a demo of Further Back And Faster
Carvers and Gilders is an early mix of Chaostrophy

Tracklisting is slightly different than listed. "Window Pain" comes before "Teenage Lightening" and there is a second, truncated version of "Fidgit" after "Love's Secret Domain."

"The Side Effects Of Life" was a working title for Love's Secret Domain at one point.

This cassette was sent to WaxTrax! records 1989/1990, presumably to get approval for the planned future release of Love's Secret Domain on the label. Also possibly the source of the circulated bootleg entitled Love's Secret Demise, aka the LSD demos.

An unknown number of copies exist, however there are two confirmed, one in the possession of this entry's original author, another from the Coil archive auctioned on eBay by a former member of Coil in April of 2014. Both known copies are pictured above. A third copy also exists with a handwritten label by John Balance and is accompanied by a letter with the ins and outs of John working on the album, however no pictures have surfaced as of yet. At least one of these copies is one sided and has slowed down music by Greater Than One on side B.
Pictures of sleeve from and parts of letter to Torso uploaded.

A proper studio transfer of the audio can be found here:

Other Versions (3 of 3) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
none Coil Love's Secret Demise(CD, Unofficial) Not On Label (Coil) none Unknown Sell This Version
none Coil The Side Effects Of Life(LP, Ltd, Unofficial, Col) Not On Label (Coil) none Italy 2019 Sell This Version
XXXIV Coil Love's Secret Demise(CD, Unofficial) Mythras XXXIV US 2018 Sell This Version


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December 2, 2015
edited over 3 years ago
I have a digital version of Love's Secret Demise (it was tracked) and when I compared it to the material on the Side Effects of Life I initially thought they were slightly different. Some of the instrumentation lead me to believe it could be a different mix. After some side by side comparisons I came to the conclusion that Love's Secret Demise was most likely captured at a slightly faster pitch as the content of the recording sounds identical to me.

Of course it could be possible that Coil made this version on purpose or by mistake but I would lean more towards something happening in the transfer to digital after it left Coil's hands. The difference is very slight. Only when I listened to the same parts from each recording could I hear that the recordings were playing back at different speeds.



December 8, 2013
Rather than being separated into individual tracks, it's something more of a medley...tracks blend into one another, and occasionally leak through bits and bobs of other songs. My guess is that this was intentional...they probably had the songs playing on other tape machines all run through tracks on a mixer which they then brought in and out at will.

On a side note for anyone interested, i've taken the cassette to a studio and had a high quality transfer made, and i plan to share the contents of this cassette with all who would like to hear it free of charge. You can read more about the session/etc on the Coil fan group on Facebook, and i'll add another comment once it's uploaded.