Friday, November 26, 2010

Coil and Clink Street (So long Sleazy)

Sad news about the death this week of Peter 'Sleazy' Christopherson of Throbbing Gristle/Psychic TV/Coil.

Coil's album Astral Disaster states on its sleevenotes that it 'was recorded in two days at Samhain 1998... under the level of the river Thames in the ancient borough of Southwark'. As Christopher Jones mentions in his book 'Subterranean Southwark', Coil told him that it was made 'in a private studio nearby to Clink St'.

This was the studio run by Gary Ramon of Sun Dial and Prescription records, as Ramon recalls:

'We had a studio in London Bridge in London. It was in an old debtors' prison two floors below ground! It was a studio originally built by Iron Maiden and became known as Samurai studios (I think Motorhead recorded an album there) The Stranglers took it over for awhile, then we took it. With Prescription, I wanted to let artists loose in the studio to make what they wanted. With that freedom, I think it worked well. I played on most of the albums in some capacity. Coil made an album Astral Disaster there'.

From Coil's Astral Disaster here's an extract from the track The Sea Priestess

See also: Throbbing Gristle in New Cross

1 comment:

Nigel said...

Thanks for the post - fantastic mix of things I remember and fresh info/trivia.
Keep em coming Transpontine :)
I'm looking forward to the compendium ;)