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Formed Grangemouth, Scotland, 1982.

Robin Guthrie (guitars/effects/tapes) and his friend Will Heggie (bass) formed Cocteau Twins in 1982, recruiting Elizabeth Fraser (vocals), whom they had met in a local disco where Robin DJed. Inspired by the punk movement, the band recorded two demo tapes, one of which was sent to 4AD label manager Ivo Watts-Russell, and the other handed by Robin to BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel. Nine days later, on a budget of just £900, the debut eight-track GARLANDS was completed at 4AD (1982) with a Peel session arranged just prior to its release. The music was a blend of ominous pulsating bass, stark TR808 drums, steady cycles of electric guitar and great screeching arcs of feedback, smoothed out with chorus and reverb, over which Liz alternated dry, brittle utterings with full-power, vocal gymnastics. GARLANDS was an immediate hit in the indie charts, while press and public speculated over the content of Liz’s lyrics, which were mostly rendered unintelligible by her unique vocal style. [read more...]

discography

Most Popular Album(s) by This Artist
  • Treasure -- Cocteau Twins; Audio CD
  • Heaven Or Las Vegas -- Cocteau Twins; Audio CD
  • Victorialand -- Cocteau Twins; Audio CD
  • U.S. Releases:

    BBC Sessions [LIVE] ~ Cocteau Twins
    Original Release Date: October 12, 1999
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    Milk & Kisses ~ Cocteau Twins
    Original Release Date: 1996
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    Otherness [EP] ~ Cocteau Twins
    Original Release Date: 1995
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    Twinlights [EP] ~ Cocteau Twins
    Original Release Date: 1995
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    Four-Calendar Cafe ~ Cocteau Twins
    Original Release Date: 1993
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    Head Over Heels ~ Cocteau Twins
    Original Release Date: 1983
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    Moon & Melodies ~ Cocteau Twins
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    Treasure ~ Cocteau Twins
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    Heaven Or Las Vegas ~ Cocteau Twins
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    Victorialand ~ Cocteau Twins
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    Garlands ~ Cocteau Twins
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    Imports:

    Tiny Dynamine [IMPORT] ~ Cocteau Twins
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    Sunburst & Snowblind [CD-SINGLE] [IMPORT] ~ Cocteau Twins
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    Garlands [IMPORT] ~ Cocteau Twins
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    Iceblink Luck [CD-SINGLE] [IMPORT] ~ Cocteau Twins
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    Pink Opaque [IMPORT] ~ Cocteau Twins
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    Milk & Kisses (+2 Bonus Tracks) [IMPORT] ~ Cocteau Twins
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    Aikea Guinea [CD-SINGLE] [IMPORT] ~ Cocteau Twins
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    Victorialand [IMPORT] ~ Cocteau Twins
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    Love's Easy Tears [CD-SINGLE] [IMPORT] ~ Cocteau Twins
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    Head Over Heels/Sunburst & Snowblind [IMPORT] ~ Cocteau Twins
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    Tiny Dynamine [IMPORT] ~ Cocteau Twins
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    Blue Bell Knoll [IMPORT] ~ Cocteau Twins
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    Peppermint Pig [CD-SINGLE] [IMPORT] ~ Cocteau Twins
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    Spangle Maker-Pearly Dewdrop's Drops [CD-SINGLE] [IMPORT] ~ Cocteau Twins
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    Lullabies (Canadian) [IMPORT] ~ Cocteau Twins
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    Lullabies [CD-SINGLE] [IMPORT] ~ Cocteau Twins
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    Head Over Heels [IMPORT] ~ Cocteau Twins
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    Garlands (Canadian) [IMPORT] ~ Cocteau Twins
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    Treasures [IMPORT] ~ Cocteau Twins
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