Love's Secret Domain

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Love's Secret Domain
Studio album by
Released3 March 1991 (1991-15-03) (US)[1]
RecordedJanuary 1988–October 1990
Coil chronology
Gold Is the Metal (With the Broadest Shoulders)
Love's Secret Domain
Stolen & Contaminated Songs
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[3]

Love's Secret Domain is the third studio album by the British experimental band Coil, released in 1991. The album marked a departure from the brooding synthesizers and melodies of their first two albums, focusing more on sampling inspired by acid house. The singles released from the album were "Windowpane" and "The Snow". Guest vocalists include Marc Almond on the song "Titan Arch" and Annie Anxiety on the song "Things Happen".


The recording sessions for Love's Secret Domain were characterized by Coil's compulsive drug use at the time, along with sleep deprivation which apparently led to conflict between members; Peter Christopherson remarked that '[he could] remember Balance and Steve having these mad arguments that would go on for 48 hours without sleep over which sequence of words should be used'.[4] In a period of constant drug use during the sessions,[4] they both struggled with using the studio mixing room due to constant hallucinations of '10 foot tall Amazonian warriors and Babylonian kings' who were 'crowding' the room.[4] Stephen Thrower admitted he had experienced synchronized hallucinations with Balance during this period.[4]

The cover features a painting by Steven Stapleton originally created on an outhouse door that he found in Cooloorta, most known as his hometown.

A working title for the album was The Side Effects of Life.[5]

The final track, "Love's Secret Domain", borrows lyrics from the song "In Dreams" by Roy Orbison: "In dreams I walk with you / In dreams I talk to you / In dreams you're mine / All the time." Lyrics are also culled from "The Sick Rose" by William Blake, specifically, "O rose, thou art sick", besides a quotation from Arthur Machen's short story The White People.

Love's Secret Domain was later remastered by Thighpaulsandra with slightly different track lengths. The album is currently available for purchasing in AAC, MP3, and FLAC formats at Coil's official website.

The song "Disco Hospital" was covered by Matmos on their EP California Rhinoplasty.

Track listing[edit]

12" vinyl[edit]

All lyrics are written by John Balance; all music is composed by Coil.

Side A
1."Disco Hospital"2:17
2."Teenage Lightning" ("Teenage Lightning 2" on CD)4:29
4."The Snow"3:55
5."Dark River"6:27
Side B
6."Further Back and Faster"7:54
7."Titan Arch"5:02
9."Love's Secret Domain"3:52


All lyrics are written by John Balance, except track #3; all music is composed by Coil.

1."Disco Hospital"2:18
2."Teenage Lightning 1"1:49
3."Things Happen" (writer: Annie Anxiety Bandez)4:22
4."The Snow"6:41
5."Dark River"6:27
6."Where Even the Darkness Is Something to See"3:05
7."Teenage Lightning 2" ("Teenage Lightning" from original LP)5:09
9."Further Back and Faster"7:55
10."Titan Arch"5:02
12."Lorca Not Orca"2:04
13."Love's Secret Domain"3:52


Credits adapted from the liner notes of Love's Secret Domain.[6]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Charles Hayward – drums (tracks: 3, 13)
  • Annie Anxiety Bandez – vocals (track 3)
  • Mike McEvoy – keyboards (track 4)
  • Juan Ramirez – spanish guitar (tracks: 5, 7, 12)
  • Cyrung – didgeridoo (tracks: 5, 6, 9)
  • Rose McDowall – backing vocals (track 8)
  • Marc Almond – vocals (track 10)
  • Billy McGee – orchestra (track 11)
  • Audrey Riley – cello (track 11)
  • Jane Fenton – cello (track 11)
  • Julia Girdwood – oboe (track 11)
  • Jos Pook – viola (track 11)
  • Sue Dench – viola (track 11)
  • Andrew Davies – violin (track 11)
  • Clive Dobbins – violin (track 11)
  • Gini Ball – violin (track 11)
  • Sally Herbert – violin (track 11)

Technical personnel[edit]

  • Coil – production
  • Danny Hyde – produced, production, programming, engineering


  1. ^ Hardy, Ernest (March 9, 1991). "Rap/Dance". Cash Box. Vol. 54 no. 30. p. 27. Retrieved March 18, 2019 – via the Internet Archive.
  2. ^ Bush, John. "Love's Secret Domain – Coil". AllMusic. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin, ed. (1998). "Coil". Encyclopedia of Popular Music. 2 (3rd ed.). Muse UK Ltd. pp. 1155–1156. ISBN 1561592374 – via the Internet Archive.
  4. ^ a b c d "The Quietus | Features | A Quietus Interview | Coil Interview & Extract From England's Hidden Reverse". Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  5. ^ "Compulsion". Compulsion (1992 Winter). Retrieved 2006-12-27.
  6. ^ Love's Secret Domain (liner notes). Coil. Wax Trax. 1991. WAXCD7143.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)

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