Unnatural History III

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Unnatural History III
Compilation album by
ReleasedJune 1997
LabelThreshold House
Coil chronology
Windowpane & The Snow
Unnatural History III
Spring Equinox: Moon's Milk or Under an Unquiet Skull
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]

Unnatural History III, subtitled Joyful Participation in the Sorrows of the World, is the third in a series of three compilation albums by British experimental band Coil. Unlike Stolen & Contaminated Songs and Gold Is the Metal with the Broadest Shoulders, Unnatural History III collects songs from more than a single era of Coil's work.

Song origins[edit]

"First Dark Ride" was originally released on the Coil vs. The Eskaton 12″ "Nasa Arab". "Baby Food" was originally released on the compilation Chaos in Expansion. "Music for Commercials" originally appeared on the 10″ & cassette versions of The Unreleased Themes for Hellraiser. According to John Balance, "Panic" was mislabeled in the CD booklet as being the 'Dionysian' remix, commenting, "But then again, isn't everything Dionysian."[1] "Neither His nor Yours" was originally released on the compilation A Diamond Hidden in the Mouth of a Corpse. "Feeder" was originally released on the album Core - A Conspiracy International Project by Conspiracy International, a label run by Throbbing Gristle members Chris & Cosey. "Wrong Eye" and "Scope" were originally released on the 7" single "Wrong Eye/Scope". These two songs were released along with "Meaning What Exactly?" on the compilation The Portable Altamont in 1993. "Lost Rivers of London" was originally released on the Ptolemaic Terrascope benefit compilation Succour. The song was later remade and released as "London's Lost Rivers" on the vinyl release of the Black Light District album A Thousand Lights in a Darkened Room.

Additional information[edit]

John Balance and Peter Christopherson are credited for participating on all tracks. Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti are credited for participating on track 6. Drew McDowall is credited for participating on tracks 1,2 and 10. Steven Thrower is credited for participating on tracks 3 through 9. J. G. Thirlwell is credited for co-producing "Panic". Andrew Poppy is credited for participating on "Video Recorder". Billy McGhee is credited for participating on "Airline 1" and playing double bass on "Panic". Martyn Phillips is credited for engineering on the remix of "Panic". Nick Blinko is credited for the cover artwork.

"Music for Commercials" was remastered from the cassette version of The Unreleased Themes for Hellraiser, because the masters were lost.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "First Dark Ride" – 10:53
  2. "Baby Food" – 12:32
  3. "Music for Commercials: A) Airline 1, B) Liqueur, C) Perfume, D) Video Recorder, E) Airline 2, F) Natural Gas, G) Cosmetic 1, H) Cosmetic 2, I) Analgesic, J) Road Surface, K) Accident Insurance" – 8:45
  4. "Panic (12" Version)" – 7:34
  5. "Neither His nor Yours" – 2:50
  6. "Feeder" – 8:41
  7. "Wrong Eye" – 5:59
  8. "Meaning What Exactly?" – 3:45
  9. "Scope" – 6:37
  10. "Lost Rivers of London" – 7:41


  1. ^ Mason, James. "Unnatural History III - Coil". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved November 29, 2017.