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Scatology is the debut full-length studio album by British experimental band Coil, first released by Force & Form in 1985 on LP. Recorded in 1984, Scatology was co-produced by Coil and JG Thirlwell, and features a prominent appearance of Stephen Thrower, which subsequently became Coil's official member since their next studio album, Horse Rotorvator. The album focuses on alchemy, mainly an idea of turning base matter into gold. Scatology's only single, "Panic", was marked with a cover version of "Tainted Love", which was accompanied by music video.

An original Scatology LP cover featuring the "Anal Staircase" postcard
Studio album by Coil
Released 1984[a]
Recorded Mid-1984[1]
Genre Industrial, post-industrial
Label Force & Form, Some Bizarre, Threshold House
Producer Coil, Clint Ruin
Coil chronology
How to Destroy Angels
(1982) How to Destroy Angels1982
(1984) Scatology1984
Horse Rotorvator
(1986) Horse Rotorvator1986
Singles from Scatology
  1. "Panic/Tainted Love"
    Released: May 1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

Scatology was reissued by Force & Form in 1988 on CD and later by Threshold House in 2001.


Release and designEdit

Scatology was released in three different formats with two different covers. For the original LP release, the black sun design that was first put on was pasted over by a postcard with a swirling and descending staircase known as the "Anal Staircase." The second edition had the "Sexual Architecture" postcard pasted on random covers with uncovered ones revealing the original black sun design.

The CD edition featured a cover with the title of the album and an image of a nude buttocks inside of an upside-down cross below it, finishing off with the original black sun below everything. According to Andreas Diesel and Dieter Gerten, this design was probably inspired by Man Ray's Monument to Sade photography.[3]

Track listingEdit

LP ReleaseEdit

Side A:

  1. "Ubu Noir"
  2. "Panic"
  3. "At the Heart of it All"
  4. "Tenderness of Wolves"
  5. "The Spoiler"
  6. "Clap"

Side B:

  1. "Solar Lodge"
  2. "The Sewage Worker's Birthday Party"
  3. "Godhead=Deathead"
  4. "Cathedral in Flames"

CD Release (Force & Form FFKCD1 version)Edit

  1. "Ubu Noir" - 2:09
  2. "Panic" - 4:21
  3. "At The Heart Of It All" - 5:13
  4. "Tenderness Of Wolves" - 4:25
  5. "The Spoiler" - 4:10
  6. "Clap" - 1:17
  7. "Restless Day" - 4:45
  8. "Aqua Regis" - 2:51
  9. "Solar Lodge" - 5:35
  10. "The S.W.B.P." - 4:24
  11. "Godhead=Deathead" - 5:16
  12. "Cathedral in Flames" - 4:39
  13. "Tainted Love" - 5:53
  • The version of Spoiler is not the same as the 12" release.


All information adapted from 1985 release sleeve except where noted.[4]


  1. ^ A copyright date.


  1. ^ Reed 2013, p. 143.
  2. ^ Skip Jansen. "Scatology - Coil". Allmusic. All Media Network LLC. Retrieved May 20, 2017. 
  3. ^ Diesel & Gerten 2007, p. 157.
  4. ^ Coil 1985.
  5. ^ Coil 1988.
  6. ^ Coil 2001.

Further readingEdit

Scatology's liner notes
  • Scatology (vinyl sleeve). Coil. Force & Form. 1985. FFK1. 
  • Scatology (CD booklet). Coil. Force & Form. 1988. FFKCD1. 
  • Scatology (CD booklet). Coil. Threshold House. 2001. LOCI CD15. 
Articles (including reviews)

External linksEdit