Windowpane (song)

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Single by Coil
from the album Love's Secret Domain
Released 1990
Genre Experimental
Length 17:19
Label Threshold House
Wax Trax
Producer(s) Coil
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

Windowpane is a song by British experimental band Coil. Written by the band members and based on lyrics by John Balance, it was released in 1990 on 12" vinyl and CD, as one of two singles from Coil’s third studio album Love's Secret Domain. 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. The name of the song refers to LSD encapsulated in thin gelatin squares. The lyrics unambiguously refer to the subjective effects of an LSD trip ("just put a window in your eye"); "See microscopic, see world view, see the future leaking through; see the person who once was you".

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 WaxTrax!, 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. 

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