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March 20, 2016

Chants de mort

"Coil has always been an iconoclastic force within culture, standing well outside the circles of mainstream acceptance. One of the most confrontational aspects of their early work is a defiant expression of their homosexuality. The importance of this is so easily lost to the modern viewer, now thirty years removed from the political and social climate of 1980s England and the intensely conservative air of the Thatcher years. It is also easy to misjudge the virulent homophobia and utter inaction that was the international response to the AIDS epidemic. For perspective, 1986—the year Horse Rotorvator was released—was also the first year AIDS was defined by the World Health Organization. In the midst of such an inferno of sexualized death, it must have been easy to see the world churning with the jawbones of the apocalypse."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 20, 2016 10:57 AM