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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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  • white_monk

    Sea, Swallow Me ❤ (3)

    25 Feb 4:04pm Reply
  • coldcoldcomfort

    @adult_rage, вот у тебя пригорело то

    18 Feb 4:21am Reply
  • AlveinR

    @forgetmenot I discovered CT through The Weeknd's The Knowing even though my mother happened to be a fan bitd

    17 Feb 7:10pm Reply
  • forgetmenot

    No seriously, when did this band become huge again? In the past year? In the past 2 years? I don't remember them being this popular when I stumbled upon them several years ago. I guess that's Tumblr for you. Or is it because of The Perks of Being a Wallflower?

    15 Feb 11:14am Reply
  • forgetmenot

    v I remember when I was 13, one month felt like a year when you're just discovering bands

    15 Feb 11:11am Reply
  • thr33_cheers

    I remember this was one of my first shoegaze bands... Even though that was like a month ago haha

    11 Feb 3:23pm Reply
  • drochlen

    adult_rage :3

    7 Feb 11:04am Reply
  • adult_rage

    OmegaNoise - вали и плоть свою презренную забери. Течет он. Иди подергай пиструн, хуле. Ты же понимаешь, что подобным выражением "любви" разводишь грязь? Хотя чего я вдруг - это же просто группа и вообще тут все решает вкус, так что какие разговоры о высоком или низком. Но. Твои слова просто наимерзотнейши. Возможно ты просто неудачно выразился, но это моя чертова любовь. Буду считать, что ты имел ввиду, что течешь как шоколадка в жаркий день, или таешь как мороженное. Всем любви-радости епта

    7 Feb 8:49am Reply
  • Melinda_M

    Love so much ct

    31 Jan 4:33pm Reply
  • Tranceroute

    Great voice

    31 Jan 2:10pm Reply
  • OmegaNoise

    я просто теку с ее голоса.

    27 Jan 11:36am Reply
  • sco703

    Great band. So many awesome tunes. Cico Buff is a dream.

    25 Jan 7:32am Reply
  • outfield7790

    all seeking treasure, but I'm looking for garlands :) because right there: "Stars in my eyes Stars in my face..."

    24 Jan 11:35pm Reply
  • kamiekaymee

    Perfection is jealous of their perfection.

    24 Jan 4:09pm Reply
  • AngryGermanKid

    please come back, just for one tour

    22 Jan 6:20pm Reply
  • glamourtwins

    Seekers Who Are Lovers, what an amazing track - Liz's operatic soprano at the end always gives me frissons ❤

    22 Jan 3:17pm Reply
  • loulou311

    Such an influential and underrated band...

    18 Jan 5:31pm Reply
  • c0ax

    Спасибо Cocteau Twins за песню Heaven or Las Vegas.

    16 Jan 7:28pm Reply
  • leanwinik

    Great band!

    16 Jan 10:26am Reply
  • forgetmenot

    their reverb level is always over 9000

    11 Jan 6:30pm Reply
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