This Mortal CoilSixteen Days - Gathering Dust

Label:4AD – BAD 310
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Single
Genre:Electronic, Rock
Style:Goth Rock, Ethereal, New Wave


ASixteen Days - Gathering Dust
Written-ByModern English
This Side
B1Song To The Siren
Written-ByTim Buckley
B2Sixteen Days Reprise
Written-ByModern English

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Contributions from:
Michael Conroy, Gary McDowell (Modern English).
Elizabeth Frazer, Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins).
Gordon Sharp (Cindytalk).
Martyn Young (Colourbox).

Recorded at Blackwing, London, 1983.
For Tim Buckley

℗ 1983 4-A-D
Beggars Banquet Music except "Song To The Siren" Copyright Control.

Credits appear on label side B, picture A side label ('lights' design) without identifiers.
Over = A / This Side = B

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched, variant 1): BAD 310 A¹ MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched, variant 1): BAD 310 B¹ MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched, variant 2): BAD 310 A1 EXP MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched, variant 2): BAD 310 B1 EXP MPO

Other Versions (5 of 18)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Song To The Siren (7", 45 RPM, Single)4ADAD 310UK1983
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Song To The Siren (7", 45 RPM, Single, Stereo)Virgin, Virgin, 4AD, 4AD, Beggars Banquet, Beggars Banquet106 123, 106 123-100Europe1983
Song To The Siren / Sixteen Days (12", Single, 45 RPM)Virgin, 4AD601 142Europe1983
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Sixteen Days - Gathering Dust (12", 45 RPM)4AD, Edisom519405Portugal1983
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Song To The Siren (7", 45 RPM, Single)4AD104318Australia & New Zealand1983



  • alderaanic77's avatar
    Nick Warren played Song To The Siren over Chicane's - Offshore on a couple of Essential Mixes and it couldn't of worked out any better the haunting vocals just seem to fit perfectly over the classic Offshore.
    • Ubangistomp's avatar
      Edited 5 months ago
      An odd pairing as many have said, its not that Sixteen Days is a bad tune but more a poor choice as an A Side. As for Song To The Siren what more can be said about this most sonically beautiful of songs. It surely should have been an A Side and if issued as such with airplay could have been a number one. To this day when I play this song to people for the first time it leaves them stunned. An incredible piece of music sung superbly. This is the sound of heaven. There is very little that sounded like this before or after.
      I’m a massive Tim Buckley fan but even if he had lived to hear it I’m sure he would have said that’s it,it’s your song now.
      • breethe.smoke's avatar
        My copy has reverse labels. Curious if this was widespread or a mispress (?)
        • spearheaded's avatar
          Edited one year ago
          I need to get into more Coil and Twins (or even just '80s 4AD) if stuff like this is in store. The A side is my favorite.
          • MrGajo's avatar
            Edited 3 years ago
            I was introduced to this by a friends boyfriend, who reminded me of Peter Murphy, barmaids would swoon over him. Such a charmer.
            I rushed out and bought it. Never had a barmaid swoon over me but got one of the best 12" records of the 80's.
            • maxal's avatar
              Totally agree with andrewstuart - I love this 12". The A side is a 9 minute whirlwind. Gordon Sharpe and Elizabeth Fraser make a dramatic vocal duo. One of the best of the 4AD catalogue.
              • andrewstuart.stuart's avatar
                Kaboom, an explosive wall of sound and great reimagining of the Modern English original.


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