The fact that this is Coil might lead you to assume that the title of Theme From The Gay Man’s Guide To Safer Sex is a joke of some sort, but it isn’t: this is music that Coil produced to accompany a VHS sex-ed documentary by that name. Ambient house, new age balearic vibes and slinking jazz are the order of the day. Presented here as a standalone soundtrack for the very first time, working from the original masters, On Musique Pour La Danse.
CD £12.23 MPD018CD
Digipak CD on Musique Pour La Danse. Audio sourced from the original masters provided by Danny Hyde.
Limited Vinyl LP £20.98 MPD018YELLOW
YELLOW coloured vinyl repress LP with yellow artwork on Musique Pour La Danse. Audio sourced from the original masters provided by Danny Hyde.
- Coloured vinyl
- Limited edition
Vinyl LP £19.99 MPD018
Purple coloured vinyl LP on Musique Pour La Danse. Audio sourced from the original masters provided by Danny Hyde.
- Coloured vinyl
Coil, the influential, shape-shifting, cosmic electronic group, are releasing their hitherto unheard soundtrack for a VHS-only sex-ed documentary called 'The Gay Man's Guide To Safer Sex'. The album is named, aptly, 'Theme From The Gay Man's Guide To Safer Sex'. It's a six-track collection of sexy Balearic tunes with a lean towards trance and ambient. 'Exploding Frogs' has a slinky, processed upright bass groove and some weird synthesized trumpets so I suppose there are also jazz flavours; Balearic jazz, anyone?
'Theme...' is a weird record. There's no doubt about it. Everything from the sound to the context is a bit odd. It would be amazing to hear some of the narration that presumably accompanied the video. Sleazy could be doing his best Ken Nordine impression to grainy images of 90s-style dioramas and stock footage. I also love the juxtaposition of a band called 'Coil' doing a record about gay safe sex.
It sounds like a classic Ibiza record, with big synth pad sounds and languid drum breaks, but as with lots of Coil there's that underlying, unsettling weirdness. This record is brilliant and while I don't anticipate many occasions which would be best suited to listening to it, 'Theme...' should surely enter the Coil canon of classic records.
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