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|Birth name||Geoffrey Laurence Burton|
|Also known as||John Balance, Jhonn Balance, Jhon Balance|
|Born||16 February 1962|
|Died||13 November 2004(aged 42)|
|Genres||Industrial, ambient, electronic, acid house, drone, noise|
|Instruments||Vocals, synthesizer, keyboards, guitar, bass guitar, chapman stick, organ, violin|
|Labels||Chalice, Threshold House, Eskaton|
|Associated acts||Coil, Psychic TV|
John Balance (first name also spelled Jhon and Jhonn; born Geoffrey Laurence Burton, he later adopted his stepfather's surname "Rushton", which was then supplanted by the "Balance" moniker; 16 February 1962 – 13 November 2004), was an English musician and a co-founder of the experimental music group Coil, in collaboration with his partner Peter 'Sleazy' Christopherson. He was responsible for vocals, lyrics, chants, synthetics and various esoteric sound-making instruments and devices. Outside of Coil he collaborated with Nurse with Wound, Death in June, Psychic TV, Current 93, Chris & Cosey, Thighpaulsandra and produced several Nine Inch Nails remixes. His early work and wide-ranging collaborations made him one of the most influential figures in the industrial, experimental minimalist and neofolk music scenes.
Balance died on 13 November 2004, after falling from a two story balcony at his home. Peter Christopherson announced Balance's death on the Threshold House website, and provided details surrounding the tragedy. Balance's memorial service was held near Bristol on 23 November, and was attended by approximately 100 people. Ossian Brown, a long term collaborator and member of Coil, dedicated his first book Haunted Air to Balance.
Balance first recorded using the alias "Merderwerkers". The Merderwerkers track, "Blue Funk (Scars for E)", was included on the Sterile Records cassette compilation Standard Response. Balance also published an underground zine, Stabmental, and released a track, "A Thin Veil of Blood", also using the nom du guerre Stabmental. "A Thin Veil of Blood" was included on the cassette compilation Deleted Funtime – Various Tunes for Various Loons. Balance then joined up with Peter Christopherson and Boyd Rice to record Nightmare Culture under the moniker "The Sickness of Snakes". Balance subsequently joined Psychic TV and performed alongside Christopherson; however in 1984, Balance and Christopherson left the group to develop Coil. A short collaboration with Zos Kia produced the split tape Transparent. Credit for the album was shared, and marked Coil's first release. The original Coil / Zos Kia tape, Transparent, was released as a "His-Storical" CD reissue in 1997.
During Coil's 23 year career, Balance collaborated with a number of his peers, including Jim Thirlwell/Clint Ruin (Foetus), Marc Almond, Thighpaulsandra, NON, Current 93, and CoH; appearing on many of these artists' albums.
With Psychic TV
- Dreams Less Sweet
- Just Drifting
- Berlin Atonal Vol. 2
- N.Y. Scum
- Thee City ov Tokyo/Thee City ov New York
- Merderwerkers: "Blue Funk (Scars for E)" on Sterile Records compilation Standard Response. (1979)
- Stabmental: "A Thin Veil of Blood" on compilation Deleted Funtime - Various Tunes for Various Loons. (1980)
- Sickness of Snakes: Nightmare Culture (1985)
- Rosa Mundi: "The Snow Man" on compilations The Final Solstice, The Final Solstice II and split album Grief. (1999)
|Date of first pressing||Song title||Released on||Group name released under||Musical Role|
|1981||"Yellowsong"||Video Rideo||Cultural Amnesia||organ and violin|
|1982||Endzeit||(various)||compiled songs on compilation|
|1983||"Here to Go"||Sinclair's Luck||Cultural Amnesia||wrote lyrics, also designed packaging and sleeve notes for album|
|1983||"Scar for E"||The Uncle of the Boot||Cultural Amnesia||wrote lyrics|
|1983||Music for Hashashins||Vagina Dentata Organ||created wolf growl sample (along with Peter Christopherson) and helped in the recording process of the album|
|1984 January||LAShTAL||Current 93||featuring|
|1985||Bar Maldoror||Current 93||bass guitar, miscellaneous|
|1985||Live at Bar Maldoror: Gyllensköld, Geijerstam And Friends||Nurse with Wound||featuring|
|1985||The Sylvie and Babs Hi-Fi Companion||Nurse with Wound||featuring|
|1986||Happy Birthday Pigface Christus||Current 93||featuring|
|1986||In Menstrual Night||Current 93||featuring|
|1987||"Europa: The Gates of Heaven"||To Drown a Rose||Death in June||vocals|
|1987||"We Are The Lust"||Brown Book||Death in June||co-wrote and appears on track|
|1987||Dawn||Current 93||bass guitar, miscellaneous|
|1988||Earth Covers Earth||Current 93||performer|
|1988||"Anti-Christ Anti-Christian"||Peyrere||Current 93||performer|
|1988||Swastikas for Noddy||Current 93||featuring|
|1988||The Red Face of God||Current 93||featuring|
|1989||Crooked Crosses for the Nodding God||Current 93||vocals|
|1991||A Document of Early Acoustic & Tactical Experimentation||Lustmord||featuring|
|1992||"LAShTAL", "Salt"||Nature Unveiled||Current 93||performer|
|1992||"All the Stars Are Dead Now", "Rosy Star Tears from Heaven"||Thunder Perfect Mind||Current 93||vocals|
|1993||The Nodding Folk||The Apocalyptic Folk In The Nodding God Unveiled|
|1993||"Great Black Time I (Excerpt)", "Sucking Up Souls (Excerpt)", "Great Black Time II (Excerpt)", "Great Black Time III (Excerpt)", "Maldoror Is Ded Ded Ded Ded"||Emblems: The Menstrual Years||Current 93||featuring|
|1993||"Hitler As Kalki (SDM)", "Christ and the Pale Queens Mighty in Sorrow"||Hitler As Kalki||Current 93||featuring|
|1994||"Lucifer Over London Parts I & II"||Lucifer Over London||Current 93||vocals|
|1995||"Where the Long Shadows Fall (Beforetheinmostlight)"||Where the Long Shadows Fall (Beforetheinmostlight)||Current 93||vocals|
|1996||"The Long Shadow Falls", "Twilight Twilight Nihil Nihil", "The Inmost Light Itself"||All the Pretty Little Horses||Current 93||vocals|
|1998||"To Drown a Rose"||Kameradschaft||Death in June||provides vocals, this is an outtake version of the song|
|1999||"The Snow Man"||The Final Solstice||Rosa Mundi||provides vocals|
|1999||"Lucifer Over London"||Calling for Vanished Faces||Current 93||vocals|
|1999||"Misery Farm"||Misery Farm||Current 93||featuring|
|2000||"Silence Is Golden"||Vox Tinnitus||CoH||wrote lyrics|
|2000 March 1||"Black Nurse", "Tudor Fruits"||Some Head EP||Thighpaulsandra||vocals|
|2001||"Love's Septic Domain (Health & Deficiency)"||Love Uncut||CoH||provides vocals, duet with Louise Weasel|
|2001||Cats Drunk On Copper||Current 93||featuring|
|2001 August 6||Fouled||The Michel Publicity Window E.P.||Thighpaulsandra||"vocals and text", album art|
|2001||Optical Black||I, Thighpaulsandra||Thighpaulsandra||"vocals and text"|
|2003 June 23||"He Tastes of the Sea"||Double Vulgar||Thighpaulsandra||featuring|
|2004||"Lucifer Over London"||Sixsixsix Sicksicksick||Current 93||vocals|
|2004||"E2 = Tree 3"||Toilet Chants||Black Sun Productions||provides vocals|
|2005||"Fj Nettlefold", "Make Room for the Mushrooms"||A Nature of Nonsense||Aural Rage||vocals, written by|
|2005||"A List of Wishes"||operettAmorale||Black Sun Productions||vocals|
|2005 December 23||"Christ's Teeth"||...It Just Is||Thighpaulsandra||vocals|
|2006 February||"Star Malloy"||Not Alone||Thighpaulsandra||ARP 2600 synthesizer|
|2006 July 1||"A Tree Now"||The Impossibility of Silence||Black Sun Productions||provides vocals (howling)|
|2007 July||"Fetish for Today", "Scars for E", "Here to Go"||Enormous Savages||Cultural Amnesia||wrote lyrics|
|2007 November||"Hot in the House", "Scars for E (alternate take 2)", "Spoilt Children"||Press My Hungry Button||Cultural Amnesia||wrote lyrics, album cover features sleeve notes by Balance dating from 1983|
|2007 November||"Scars for E (alternate take 1)"||Still Hungry||Cultural Amnesia||wrote lyrics|
|2009 May||"Fetish for Today", "Scars for E", "Here to Go"||Enormous Savages Enlarged||Cultural Amnesia||wrote lyrics|
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