The Key to Joy Is Disobedience

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The Key To Joy Is Disobedience
Box set by Coil
Released 2003 July
Genre Experimental
Length 7:07:57
Label Threshold House
Producer Coil
Coil chronology
Live One
(2003)Live One2003
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 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:

  • 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.