The Ape of Naples

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December 2, 2005
UK CD Threshold House THRESH2
  1. Fire of the Mind - [MP3]
  2. The Last Amethyst Deceiver - [MP3]
  3. Tattooed Man - [MP3]
  4. Triple Sun - [MP3]
  5. It's In My Blood - [MP3]
  6. I Don't Get It - [MP3]
  7. Heaven's Blade - [MP3]
  8. Cold Cell - [MP3]
  9. Teenage Lightning 2005 - [MP3]
  10. Amber Rain - [MP3]
  11. Going Up - [MP3]
A lot of these songs have surfaced before in previous versions but these versions are entirely unreleased. Aside from the obvious updates of "Teenage Lightning" and "Cold Cell," "I Don't Get It" is an evolved version of "Spastiche" - originally circulating on the Backwards demos bootleg and appearing as a Song of the Week at one point.
During an interview in 1997, John Balance claimed the title of this album was going to be Fire of the Mind (both a Louis Wain painting and a Stapleton [Nurse with Wound]/Tibet [Current 93] song).
"It's In My Blood" doesn't resemble "AYOR" very closely and "Heaven's Blade" does not resemble the "Heaven's Blade" on the Backwards demos bootleg.
"Going Up" is a tribute to the theme from Are You Being Served?, it was the last song performed during Coil's last live performance and featured Francois Testory on vocals.

Featuring songs recorded in final days of Jhonn's life, as well as material originally recorded at Trent Reznor's studio in New Orleans, and now substantially re-arranged by Peter Christopherson, this album is sure to be seen as the 'classic' Coil album of all time, and is not to be missed under any circumstances!
Ian Johnstone, whose work graces the cover of the cd edition, is currently completing on an extremely limited and deluxe hand-made and painted Wooden Box Edition of The Ape of Naples. Limited to 23 in number, and measuring some fourteen inches square and several inches deep, the Boxes will open to reveal framed original artworks, and paintings, as well as the album itself, cut onto three single sided 12" laquers or acetate discs. These discs are individually cut on a lathe in a cutting studio, with all the tracks from the album - while the reverse of each the discs remains obsidian black in best Coil/Time Machines tradition. As soon as the first of these Boxes is complete, we will be advertising it here and you will be able to Subscribe to the Edition via our (the Threshold House) Shop.

Going Up:
Ground floor perfumery,
stationery and leather goods,
wigs and haberdashery
kitchenware and food...going up
First floor telephones,
gents ready-made suits,
shirts, socks, ties, hats,
underwear and shoes...going up
Second floor carpets,
travel goods and bedding,
material, soft furnishings,
restaurant and teas.
Going up!