Windowpane (song)

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Single by Coil
from the album Love's Secret Domain
Released 1990
Genre Experimental
Length 17:19
Producer(s) Coil
Music video
“Windowpane” on YouTube
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

"Windowpane"is a song by British experimental band Coil, from their third studio album, Love's Secret Domain (1991). Written and produced by the band with lyrics by John Balance, it was released in 1990 by Threshold House on 12" vinyl and CD; in the US, the single was licensed by the indie record label Wax Trax! Records.[2] A video was created by Peter Christopherson for this song. "Windowpane" appears here truncated, missing the backwards vocals as they appear on the end of the song on Love's Secret Domain. The "Astral Paddington Mix" is purely instrumental. Regarded as a “proto-‘trip-hop’” track, the song refers in the title to LSD encapsulated in thin gelatin squares, with the lyrics referring to the subjective effects of an LSD trip ("See microscopic, see world view, see the future leaking through; see the person who once was you").[3]

Three versions of this single were pressed on 12" vinyl, a white label promo, a picture disc, and a standard edition on black vinyl. An edition of 5,000 were produced as picture discs, 2,000 of which were purposely destroyed. All versions of the vinyl were released in 1990 and have exactly the same tracks and track timings. All three versions are also etched as follows: Side A: THE CLEARLIGHT..., Side B: AND THE DIAMOND PATH.

Two CD versions were produced. The first one was released on the label Torso, with the catalogue number TORSO CD 174. The second one was released on the label Wax Trax!, with catalogue number WAXCDS 9142. Both CD versions were released in 1990 and have the same tracks and track timings.

Track listing[edit]

12" versions[edit]

Side A:

  1. "Windowpane" - 5:48

Side B:

  1. "Windowpane (Astral Paddington Mix)" - 5:37

CD versions[edit]

  1. "Windowpane (Minimal Mix)" – 5:28
  2. "Windowpane" – 5:49
  3. "Windowpane (Astral Paddington Mix)" – 5:37


  1. ^ Landau, Josh. "Windowpane". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved November 29, 2017. 
  2. ^ Caro, Mark (January 18, 1991). "Wax Trax Records Considering Major-label Affiliation". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 10, 2018. In the meantime Wax Trax is releasing a new 12-inch single, ‘Window Pane,’ by the English band Coil, which features former members of Throbbing Gristle. 
  3. ^ Bey, Thomas & Bailey, William (2012) [2009]. MicroBionic: Radical Electronic Music and Sound Art in the 21st Century (electronic book) (revised and expanded 2nd ed.). United States: Belsona Books. pp. 104, 106. ISBN 9780615736624 – via Google Books. 

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