Coil Presents Black Light DistrictA Thousand Lights In A Darkened Room

Label:Eskaton – ESKATON 008
CD, Album
Style:Experimental, Minimal, Ambient


1Unprepared Piano1:44
2Red Skeletons7:34
3Die Wölfe Kommen Zurück10:26
4Refusal Of Leave To Land7:29
5Stoned Circular I4:30
6Stoned Circular II6:45
7Green Water5:28
8Cold Dream Of An Earth Star9:01
9Blue Rats3:10
10Scratches And Dust0:55

Companies, etc.



Packaged in a clear-tray jewel case with an illustrated 8-page booklet that includes track titles, credits, and release information.

In booklet:
Recorded at Slut's Hole Studio, London during the warm wet winter of 1995/96 ev.
Cut at Porky's.
This is a Sidereal Sound Recording for Eskaton Records.

We'd like to bestow our best wishes, thanks and lovelovelove to the following in no particular order for their inspiration, participation, and celebration: Rose McDowall & Robert Lee, Keri McDowall, Paul Sinclair, Sunshine Jackson, Charlotte Coleman, David Michael Tibet, Kat, Steven Stapleton, Dido, and all at Cooloorta, Boyd Rice & Lisa & Wolf, Maya Harding, Jim Wilson, John Wagland, John Everall & Theresa, Robin Rimbaud/Scanner, Henry Boxer, Daniel Miller, all at World Serpent (Gibby, Alison & Alan), Chris & Cosey, Monte Cazazza & Michele Handleman, Adam Parfrey, Douglas P, Ken Lloyd, Alix Sharkey, Scott Armstrong, Don Bowles, Ruth Beyer, Paul Smith & Russell at Disobey/Blast First, Oval, Panasonic, Sean & Rob of Autechre, Rob/Gescom, Chantelle and all at Warp, ELpH, Wormsine, Rosa Mundi, William S. Burroughs & James Grauerholz, John Giorno, Hakim Bey, Attila & Greg Clow, John Bains, Martin Starr, Geoff Cox, Biba Kopf, Sav X, Trent Reznor & John Malm, and all at nothing records, Michael Moniyhan, Kim Cascone/Silent Records, Tommy Udo, Ambient Soho, Sister Marie Gabriel, Kevin Spencer/Robot Records, Colin Constantin/Zion Train, Josh Seaver, Ford Proco, Nick at Compendium, Robert Ansell & Hayley, Gavin Semple, Tim D'Arch Smith, William Stukeley, Aubrey Burl, Paul Devraux, Max Eastley, Jacqueline Wesley, Vikki, Dave/Fat Cat, Mick Harris/Scorn, Robert Gilbert, Jill Mingo, Jack Parsons, Cameron, Bee & Andi, Clive Barker, Billy Morrison, Ray Gange, Terence McKenna, Julian Cope, Pete, Jude, Nigel, Darryl and Jamie at the Rough Trade shops, Sjon Martens, PWOG, Dael, Bruce La Bruce, Michael Flanagan & Diamanda Galas, Olaf Hagen, Donald, John Maybury, Nicola Bowery & Minty, Fiz and Jordi, Dennis Cooper, Alex Binnie, Ian Shipley, Nigel Price, Harmonia, Atom Heart, Tetsu Inoue, Hypnotism Records, Bill Laswell & Janet, Toni & Jenni Rushton, Mathew R. Lewis, and blessings & thanks be to AOS and ZOS.

"Why be bleak when you can be Blake?" - J.B.

In Memoriam
Bruce Gallagher
Leigh Bowery
Wavey Davey/Emma
Steve Abbott
Spud Jones
Derek Jarman
Richard Highgate

Inner tray:
"Ghosts are sidereal" - AOS

On back cover:
Made in England.
World Serpent Distribution.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Printed): 5 021958 455020 >
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5021958455020
  • Matrix / Runout: ESKATON8 10398371 01 &
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L134
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 0450
  • Other (CD Mould Text): MADE IN U.K. BY PDO

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A Thousand Lights In A Darkened Room (2×LP, Album, Limited Edition, Numbered, Stereo, Clear)EskatonESKATON 009UK1996
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A Thousand Lights In A Darkened Room (2×LP, Album, Limited Edition, Numbered, White)EskatonESKATON 009UK1996
A Thousand Lights In A Darkened Room (2×LP, Album, Limited Edition, Test Pressing, White Label)EskatonESKATON 009UK1996
A Thousand Lights In A Darkened Room (2×LP, Album, Limited Edition, Numbered, Blue)EskatonESKATON 009UK1996
New Submission
A Thousand Lights In A Darkened Room (CDr, Unofficial Release)M.A.D. Records (4)ESKATON 008Russia1996


  • graphicpush's avatar
    Tucked into the middle of their discography, this album is often overlooked in ranking Coil's output. This might be their peak. With the acid house experiment fully rinsed from their system, but before donning tinfoil hats for the Time Machine-era recordings, they created Black Light District: dense, atmospheric, textured, and utterly unique compositions that showcased their considerable creativity finally matched to modern, high-fidelity recording. When someone asks "where do I start with Coil?", this is a crucial early step.
    • cutjules's avatar
      Edited 6 years ago
      How does that Unofficial ESKATON 009 sound please ?



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