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This Mortal Coil was a project led by Ivo Watts-Russell, founder of the British record label 4AD. Although Watts-Russell and John Fryer were technically the only two official members, the band's recorded output featured a large rotating cast of supporting artists, many of whom were signed to, or otherwise associated with, 4AD. About half of the songs released were cover versions, often of 1960s and 1970s psychedelic and folk acts. On each of the band's three LPs, at least one song would also be a cover of a 4AD artist, and most of the original songs were instrumentals.

The name "This Mortal Coil" is taken from the Monty Python's Flying Circus Dead Parrot sketch

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Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1984 It’ll End in Tears 6
1986 Filigree & Shadow 5
1991 Blood 4 4

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
2011 This Mortal Coil 1
2012 Dust & Guitars 1

Single

Year Title RatingReleases
1983 Sixteen Days – Gathering Dust 2
1983 Song to the Siren 1
1986 Come Here My Love / Drugs 1
1991 You and Your Sister 1

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