Panic/Tainted Love

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"Panic/Tainted Love"
Single by Coil
from the album Scatology
Released 1985
Length 4:21 (album version)
7:31 (single version)
Label Force & Form, K.422, Some Bizzare (UK), Wax Trax! (U.S.)
  • Coil
  • JG Thirlwell[a]
Coil singles chronology
"Panic/Tainted Love"
"'The Anal Staircase'"
Panic/Tainted Love
The Anal Staircase
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

"Panic" is a song by British electronica/industrial band Coil. Written and co-produced by John Balance and Peter Christopherson with prominent appearance of Jim Thirlwell, it is the second track and the only single from the band's debut full-length album, Scatology. A song was first released in 1985 as a twenty-inch single[b] with a cover version of Ed Cobb's song "Tainted Love" as a B-side.


According of David Keenan, the song deals with theme of initiatory approach to experience which was concurrent theme through later Coil's works.[5]

The song "Tainted Love" was first performed by Gloria Jones, and then became popular again around 1981 after a synthpop cover version was released by Soft Cell. (Marc Almond from Soft Cell would eventually go on to guest on Coil's next two albums, Horse Rotorvator and Love's Secret Domain.) Being went through drastic arrangement changes (even comparing to Soft Cell version), it became "an elegy for sex", according to LGBT activist Jim Fouratt.[6]

The first pressing of this release featured a textured sleeve, with the first 1000 copies also being produced on red vinyl.

"Aqua Regis" is truncated from the version featured on 1988 release of Scatology. "Panic" is a rearranged. "Tainted Love" is exactly as it appears later on Scatology.

All profits from the sale of this release were donated to the AIDS charity the Terrence Higgins Trust. It was the first AIDS benefit music release.[7]

The music video was directed by Peter Christopherson, a.k.a. "Sleazy", and features John Balance and a cameo appearance of Marc Almond. It was also the first music video to be purchased by the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Track listing[edit]

"Aqua Regis" is written by John Balance and Peter Christopherson.
"Panic" is written by John Balance, Peter Christopherson and J. G. Thirlwell.
"Tainted Love" is written by Ed Cobb.

Original 12" release (1985)
No. Title Length
1. "Aqua Regis" 2:27
2. "Panic" 7:31
3. "Tainted Love" 5:52
Total length: 15:50

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United Kingdom 1985 Force & Form LP FFK 5.12
United States Wax Trax! Records WAX 013
1990 CD WAXCD 013
1994 TVT Records TVT 7013
2015 Threshold Archives T-ARCH 005CD


  1. ^ Credited as Clint Ruin.
  2. ^ Some sources referred to it as a single,[2][3] while others calls it an extended play.[4][1]


  1. ^ a b Eugene Chadbourne. "Panic - Coil". Allmusic. All Media Network. Retrieved May 15, 2017. 
  2. ^ Gossling, Glenn (2003). "Coil". In Buckley, Peter. The Rough Guide to Rock. Rough Guides. 
  3. ^ Bey & Bailey 2012, p. 396.
  4. ^ "Coil — History" (PDF). The Feverish. No. 3. April 9, 1985. April sees the release of a 12" -a de-structured version of Panic, coupled with a short track called "Aqua Regis" and our desecratory but sensitive (!) version of "Tainted Love". A new slant is given to this title since all profits are being donated to AIDS counciling via the Terrence Higgins Trust. 
  5. ^ Keenan 2003, p. 283.
  6. ^ A Coil Magazine 1987, p. XVI, "The Evil Sound of Music?".
  7. ^ Vague, Tom. "Boys From The Crap Stuff". ZigZag Magazine. Retrieved 25 November 2012. 


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