Unnatural History (album)

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Unnatural History
Compilation album by Coil
Released 1990
Recorded 1983-1986
Genre Experimental
Length 57:09
Label Threshold House
Producer Coil
Coil chronology
Wrong Eye/Scope
(1990)Wrong Eye/Scope1990
Unnatural History
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[2]

Unnatural History (Subtitled Compilation Tracks Compiled) is a compilation album produced by Coil. Including tracks that originally appeared on various compilations and limited edition releases along with some previously unreleased material. The compilation was put together using songs from 1983–1986, but then was released in 1990.

Unnatural History II and Unnatural History III were additional compilation albums released further down the line in Coil's career.

Song origins[edit]

"Various Hands", "The Swelling Of Leeches", and "The Pope Held Upside Down" were originally released on the 12" Nightmare Culture, a split collaboration between Coil and Current 93. "His Body Was A Playground For The Nazi Elite" was originally released on the compilation Ohrensausen under the title of "A Man Named Horst". "Homage To Sewage" was originally released on the compilation "Life At The Top". "Here To Here (Double Headed Secret)" was originally released on the compilation The Beast 666. "S Is For Sleep" was originally released on the compilation "The Elephant Table Album". "Dream Photography" was originally released on the compilation Peyrere. "Comfortable" was originally released on the compilation Raw Like Sewage. "Never" was later released, in an extended form, on The Angelic Conversation. The song originally appeared on the compilation Less Than Angels. In the liner notes, "Penetralia II" is listed as being taken from a limited 7" on the Shock label. However the reference is actually to the Wrong Eye/Scope single, so "Penetralia II" is otherwise unreleased. "Sicktone" was originally released on the compilation The Fight Is On. "How to Destroy Angels" is from the 12" How to Destroy Angels, except it is presented in mono whereas the original was in stereo.

Additional information[edit]

John Balance and Peter Christopherson are credited for participating on all tracks. Boyd Rice is credited for participating on tracks 1 through 4. Stephen Thrower is credited for participating on track 10. Of the thirteen tracks on the album only "S is for Sleep" (described by Balance as a song about illness) and "Penetralia II" (an alternate mix to a Horse Rotorvator piece) have prominent vocals; "Homage to Sewage", however, uses a heavily manipulated sample of Pier Paolo Pasolini's Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma.

The earliest pressings of this release are reported to suffer from bronzing.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Various Hands"– 3:26
  2. "The Swelling of Leeches"– 3:04
  3. "The Pope Held Upside Down"– 3:34
  4. "His Body Was a Playground for the Nazi Elite"– 3:28
  5. "Homage to Sewage"– 2:22
  6. "Here to Here (Double Headed Secret)"– 4:51
  7. "S Is for Sleep"– 3:26
  8. "Dream Photography"– 3:22
  9. "Comfortable"– 1:40
  10. "Never"– 4:36
  11. "Penetralia II"– 3:10
  12. "Sicktone"– 3:22
  13. "How to Destroy Angels"– 16:41


  1. ^ "Unnatural History - Coil". AllMusic. 
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin, ed. (1998). "Coil". Encyclopedia of Popular Music. 2 (3rd ed.). Muse UK Ltd. pp. 1155–1156. ISBN 1561592374 – via Internet Archive.