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Grangemouth, Scotland, UK (1979 – 1997)

Cocteau Twins were an innovative and influential Scottish band. Forming in 1979 in Grangemouth, Scotland, UK (the name taken from an obscure song by fellow Scots Simple Minds), they built a sound based on woozy atmospherics and singer Elizabeth Fraser’s unmatchable vocals, most of which featured lyrics of made-up words and words plucked at random from the dictionary.

Their first release was “Garlands” in 1982 on 4AD Records, which was received well. Founding member Will Heggie left the group in 1983 and soon joined fellow Grangemouth band Lowlife. The band’s second full-length, “Head Over Heels”, did enjoy more commercial and critical success than their first.

In 1983, the two remaining members, Fraser and Robin Guthrie, were part of the first album recorded by This Mortal Coil, a supergroup put together by Ivo Watts-Russell, head of 4AD Records. The pair had a hit with a cover of Tim Buckley’s “Song to the Siren”, and met Simon Raymonde, who joined the band on bass.

In April 1984 they released “Pearly-Dewdrops’ Drops”, the 12-inch that included “The Spangle Maker”. It was their first to reach the national top 40. When it peaked at 29 they were asked to play Top of the Pops, but turned it down.

The 1984 album “Treasure” followed, peaking at 29 on the UK album chart.


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  • solenanthus

    Recently decided to see their stuff and got stunned. Really atmospheric

    12 minutes ago Reply
  • agentzigzag

    happy , bloody days ...... thanks

    20 Sep 10:02pm Reply
  • fortheinsider

    My Sister Yesterday Informed me while I was listening COCTEAU TWINS- FIFTY FIFTY CLOWN(that's my most played), That Even the nearby Mall Started playing this song...and I asked her several times '' yes? yes!? yes?'' ..she say ''Yes yes It plays that song now'' .

    16 Sep 8:12am Reply
  • sco703

    No, dad, not the Cockatoo Twins. The Cocteau Twins.

    14 Sep 6:18am Reply
  • Placebionic

    13 Sep 10:38am Reply
  • leavethecapitol

    so much love

    13 Sep 3:41am Reply
  • rvg1990

    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    4 Sep 7:58pm Reply
  • LoveisInfinite Latarnie Montpellier - "Najpiękniejsza kobieta na świecie"

    31 Aug 7:31am Reply
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    31 Aug 3:20am Reply
  • ucansamsunlu

    Always reminds me of Twin Peaks.

    30 Aug 9:52pm Reply
  • kamiekaymee

    Ecstatic deliciousness.

    30 Aug 11:50am Reply
  • fortheinsider

    There is no music like it, :( We must make sad face to it....To the love of COCTEAU TWINS.

    15 Aug 12:05pm Reply
  • Josepz

    For ever young !

    10 Aug 6:57pm Reply
  • owlies

    check out this awesome remix of Alice

    7 Aug 5:42pm Reply
  • max_gening

    Кстати, ровно 30 лет назад, в августе 1984-го, Cocteau Twins приступили к записи диска Treasure. Сегодня переслушал его. Конечно, мои слова — банальщина и переливание из пустого в порожнее, но чёрт возьми, этот альбом находится абсолютно вне привычной реальности! Любые словесные конструкции рассыпаются, когда начинаешь его описывать кому-то. Вот хочется сказать: "в Treasure соблюден прекрасный баланс: аморфный этереал нанизан на чёткий ритм", но все не то и все не так. Ну вот как музыка могла получиться такой недосягаемой, разукрашенной, воздушной, но в то же время ни грамма ни скучной, а местами даже немного пугающей?

    6 Aug 9:46pm Reply
  • Cocteauholic

    I can't think of a more unique and creative pop/song music band than these guys, concerning when and where they come from. I think of their songs as hits somewhere in a more developed and far planet channeled to us through the so-called entities of Robin, Elizabeth, and Simon.

    3 Aug 7:44pm Reply
  • bwillits

    Elizabeth uses her voice as an instrument and there is a rare beauty in her singing and the music.

    3 Aug 12:27am Reply
  • digikun

    Truly wonderful band. Cocteau Twins brings to the table some of the most beautiful music ever made.

    29 Jul 5:55am Reply
  • kurtkurt222

    Try song "Ribbed And Veined".

    24 Jul 12:32pm Reply
  • wiseblood-

    The music of Zeus himself!

    20 Jul 5:19am Reply
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