Coil (album)

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Studio album by Toad the Wet Sprocket
Released May 20, 1997
Recorded Master Control in Los Angeles, California & Gopher Sound in Santa Barbara, California, 1996
Genre Rock
Length 44:00
Label Columbia
Producer Gavin MacKillop
Toad the Wet Sprocket chronology
In Light Syrup
P.S. (A Toad Retrospective)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Coil is an album by Toad the Wet Sprocket released in 1997. It is their fifth studio album, and the final one before the band broke up in 1998. As with previous albums, Coil was released under the Columbia Records label and produced by Gavin MacKillop.

This album has been praised by some as the band's most mature album. It combines themes explored in all of their previous albums - including love, spirituality and the virtues of an uncomplicated life - and it continues the straightforward rock sound found in Dulcinea. One song from the album, "Come Down", hit the Billboard Modern Rock and Mainstream Rock Charts, and the single "Crazy Life" explores the perceived injustices experienced by Leonard Peltier. "Whatever I Fear" was also released as a single but failed to chart with poor backing from Columbia Records; thus in turn, the planned fourth single "Dam Would Break" was never released.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Whatever I Fear"   2:58
2. "Come Down"   3:13
3. "Rings"   2:53
4. "Dam Would Break"   4:06
5. "Desire"   3:38
6. "Don't Fade"   4:12
7. "Little Man Big Man"   4:01
8. "Throw It All Away"   3:03
9. "Amnesia"   4:22
10. "Little Buddha"   3:43
11. "Crazy Life"   4:07
12. "All Things in Time"   3:44
13. "Silo Lullaby" (Japan Bonus Track)  

Studio outtakes[edit]

  1. "This Is My Life"
  2. "Hey Bulldog"
  3. "Comes A Time (Band Version)"
  4. "Comes A Time (Acoustic)"
  5. "Don't Know Me"
  6. "Acid"
  7. "Won't Let It"

According to Glen Phillips, the version of "Crazy Life" on Coil was recorded in 1994 during the sessions for the band's Dulcinea album. It was featured on the soundtrack to the 1995 film Empire Records but the band felt it deserved a place on a Toad album and fit this album's themes, so they added a new organ track and cut new background vocals and had Tom Lord Alge do a new mix. The into fade in was cut short and the BPM (tempo) was pushed up to make the song slightly faster. This has led many fans to believe it is a completely different recording, despite the credits in the liner notes pointing to different studios and engineers for the track which match the Dulcinea sessions.


Year Single Chart Position
1997 "Comedown" Modern Rock Tracks 13
Mainstream Rock 17
Adult Top 40 35
Hot 100 Airplay 51


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Coil (album) at AllMusic