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COIL - Theme from the Gay Man's Guide to Safer Sex

Format: LP
Label & Cat.Number: Musique Pour La Danse MPD018
Release Year: 2019
Note: Coil's soundtrack for educational documentary entitled 'The Gay Man's Guide To Safer Sex' from 1992 (Pride Video, VHS only, otherwise unreleased), feat. a newly reworked "sexy" edit of the main theme, and as bonus tracks re-workings of 'Nasa-Arab' and 'Omlagus Garfungiloops' from the 1992 CD-only 'Stolen And Contaminated Songs'; licensed by DANNY HYDE; purple vinyl- "a unique piece of the impossible jigsaw puzzle that is Coil’s catalogue, and a fine throwback to early ‘90s ambient/downtempo styles." [Boomkat]
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" ‘Musique Pour La Danse’ is proud to present Coil's unreleased soundtrack for the VHS only,
pre-internet, sexual education documentary entitled "The Gay Man's Guide to Safer Sex" re-
leased in 1992. Members for this project are John Balance, Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson
and Danny Hyde.

The OST, to quote John Balance's interview for Compulsion Online, "is [a] slightly new agey, progressive house type thing". Another way to approach it is as a delightful collection of balearic beats, smoking jazz not far removed from Badalamenti's work with David Lynch, somewhat of an ambient house album for your home listening and early morning sunrise dances, Coil style. Taken from the original masters provided by Danny Hyde, "The Gay Man's Guide...” features a new sexy edit of the main theme.
Bonuses: "Nasa-Arab" and "Omlagus Garfungiloops" are taken from the 1992 CD only "Stolen and Contaminated Songs", both being original versions of the radically reworked (for the OST) "Nasa-Arab 2" and "Exploding Frogs" in order to balance the whole album and extend the listening pleasure.

A1 Coil - Alternative Theme From Gay Man's Guide To Safer Sex (End Version)
A2 Coil - Exploding Frogs
A3 Coil - Nasa Arab 2
B1 Coil - Nasa Arab
B2 Coil - Omlagus Garfungiloops
B3 Coil - Theme From The Gay Man's Guide To Safer Sex" [label info]

"Next in Coil’s archival excavations is their soundtrack to a pre-internet, VHS-only sex ed documentary released in 1992. Released from masters with the blessing of Danny Hyde (Jhon and Sleazy’s right hand man and go-to engineer), this first proper edition of the soundtrack features a newly reworked “sexy” edit of the main theme along with bonus reworks of ‘Nasa-Arab’ and ‘Omlagus Garfungiloops’ which appeared in the soundtrack to ‘Gay Man’s…’ as well as on 1992’s CD-only ‘Stolen And Contaminated Songs.’

In a way that Coil would shed with later recordings, ‘Gay Man’s Guide to Safer Sex’ sounds very much of its time, melding downtempo rhythms with smoky atmospheres in a way comparable to fellow ambient travellers such as The Orb and FSOL as contemporaneous material by Lynch & Badalamenti or even The Wildbunch, essentially nailing a sort of Balearic backroom or afterhours style.

The big highlights are the EP’s balmiest and jazziest bits, namely the dusky blue strut of ‘Alternative Theme From Gay Men’s Guide To Safer Sex’ that opens the EP, along with the iridescent shimmies of ‘Exploding Frogs’ and its rework ‘Omlagus Garfungiloops’, which could almost be a fantasy collaboration between Japanese Electronics-era Heinrich Mueller and Angelo Badalamenti at his most snake-hipped and winking.

While we’re not certain of the soundtrack’s efficacy in its purpose - it remains a unique piece of the impossible jigsaw puzzle that is Coil’s catalogue, and a fine throwback to early ‘90s ambient/downtempo styles." [Boomkat]