The New Backwards

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The New Backwards
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Studio album by
ReleasedApril 18, 2008
LabelThreshold House
Coil chronology
The Ape of Naples
The New Backwards

The New Backwards is an album by Coil released on April 18th 2008. The album is reworked from the Backwards demo, which was originally created for Nothing Records.


The New Backwards was produced by Peter Christopherson and Danny Hyde, and is reworked from the Backwards demo, which was submitted to Torso Records in 1993 and then further recorded at Trent Reznor's Nothing Studios in New Orleans, Louisiana, in the mid-1990s for a planned release on Reznor's Nothing Records imprint on major label Interscope Records. The record was made in Bangkok in 2007.[1]

The album was originally released on 12" vinyl as part of a box set reissue of the album The Ape of Naples.[2] It is currently available on 12" vinyl, compact disc, and downloads in FLAC, aac, and mp3 formats.

Track listing[edit]

CD, FLAC, aac, mp3[edit]

  1. "Careful What You Wish For" - 9:06
  2. "AYOR" - 7:40
  3. "Nature Is a Language" - 8:00
  4. "Fire of the Green Dragon" - 7:54
  5. "Algerian Basses" - 5:02
  6. "Copacaballa" - 6:50
  7. "Paint Me as a Dead Soul" - 6:31
  8. "Backwards" - 5:22
  9. "Princess Margaret's Man in the D'jamalfna" - 8:45

12" vinyl[edit]

Side G

  1. "Careful What You Wish For" - 9:07
  2. "Nature Is a Language" - 8:00
  3. "Algerian Basses" - 5:02

Side H

  1. "Copacabbala" - 6:49
  2. "Paint Me as a Dead Soul" - 6:29
  3. "Princess Margaret's Man in the D'Jamalfna" - 8:46

Backwards demo[edit]

Studio album by
Recorded1993 (?)

Backwards was a studio bootleg recording by Coil. The origin of the source of "Backwards" is believed to have been a leak of the studio demo, in the form of a cassette.[3] However, the entire demo was broadcast when Dutch Radio4, a radio station in Amsterdam, had Coil as in studio guests to coincide with a live performance on the date of 2001 June 1. The program was broadcast on 2001 June 18 and a four disc CD-R set of the entire broadcast, made by the radio station, was released in an unknown quantity as Dutch Radio4 Supplement. Although part of the proposed album was eventually released as The Ape of Naples, the material is so augmented that there are very few recognizable samples.

The proposed release on Nothing Records was continuously put off. The Ape of Naples is considered to be the reincarnation of a demo,[4] as it featured completely reworked versions of "Heaven's Blade", "AYOR" and other songs that are believed to have been originally created around the time of Backwards. "Simenon" and "Bee Has Photos" are built largely on the foundation of the song "Protection", which was released on the single Born Again Pagans.

"Bee Has Photos" and "Egyptian Basses" are not considered to be officially part of this bootleg as they were released as part of the Songs of the Week download series and not on the supposed original demo.[3] However, the version from Songs of the Week is an alternate version, much shorter in length.

On the live Coil album Live Three, a song called "Backwards" is performed. This song is an incarnation of the songs "Simenon" and "Bee Has Photos".

This bootleg comprises the material for an album with several proposed titles, such as International Dark Skies,[5] God Please Fuck My Mind for Good, Fire of the Mind,[6] The World Ended a Long Time Ago[7] and Backwards.[8] Other proposed titles are also possibly referenced by this material.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Heaven's Blade" – 7:23
  2. "Wir-Click-Wir" – 6:21
  3. "Elves" – 3:10
  4. "Simenon" – 3:49
  5. "In My Blood" – 3:52
  6. "Spastiche" – 3:09
  7. "Crumb Time" – 4:33
  8. "March of Time" – 6:03

Three extra tracks, "Bee Has the Photos", "Egyptian Basses" and a different version of "Spastiche", have been circulated with the demos.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-09-14. Retrieved 2008-08-30.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Coil - The Ape of Naples / The New Backwards". Retrieved 2016-11-16.
  3. ^ a b "Backwards Demos". Retrieved 2016-11-16.
  4. ^ [1] Archived 2017-12-30 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Compulsion". Compulsion (1992 Winter). Retrieved 2006-12-27.
  6. ^ "The Complete Interview". (1997 May 05). Retrieved 2006-12-27.
  7. ^ "Coil News 2001". (2001). Retrieved 2006-12-23.
  8. ^ "The News". Retrieved 2016-11-16.