The Key to Joy Is Disobedience

The Key to Joy Is Disobedience was a box set released by the group Coil. It contains the following releases: Live Four, Live Three, Live Two, Live One, ANS, and Megalithomania!.

The Key to Joy Is Disobedience
Box set by
ReleasedJuly 2003
LabelThreshold House
Coil chronology
Live One
The Key to Joy Is Disobedience


The set is often incorrectly referred to as "Live Box". Upon its release, the set cost just under $200. Other than CDs, the set contains four art prints, one of which is signed and one of which contains an actual drawing. A list of beast boxes is included as well. A black glass disc and a clear glass disc are also included, supposedly for scrying use. The set is sealed with a sticker that must be broken in order to access its contents.

The box set's title is based on a line from Aleister Crowley's "Hymn to Lucifer": "The Key of Joy is disobedience."


This box set is limited to an edition of 100 normal copies and 23 special copies, which are subtitled "Beast Box". These so-called "beast boxes" each have their own individual titles. The titles are as follows:[1]

  • lipstick eyes meat
  • arse doctor lense haircut
  • spilt guilt
  • decadent + symmetrical
  • fear of the bee means the honey is for me
  • why is a mouse when it spins
  • it just is
  • lake big nay ions lays
  • feral evidence animal reverence
  • jhonn balance
  • when sycophancy was in its infancy
  • we cure the unacceptable
  • animals dream differently in winter
  • offending team north division
  • the word that light unites is space
  • a bigger bucket
  • sipping birdsong through bedsprings
  • they all told lies beautifully
  • a murder of crows
  • extraterrestrial antelope
  • the one yew bury

The "beast boxes" were hand decorated by John Balance as well as a few other known Coil acquaintances.


  1. ^ "Coil live box". Brainwashed.

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