February 13, 2009

WTF Happened To Them? Cocteau Twins

Cocteaus Twins were a highly prolific Scottish outfit active throughout the 80's and early 90's. Extremely influential to both the Post-Punk and Shoegaze bands that followed them, Cocteau Twins had a sound that was like no other, as well as a consistently evolving and maturing style. Walls of effects-saturated guitars propelled by Elizabeth Fraser's impressive and almost nonsensical vocals (buried in the mix, of course) are pretty much the M.O. here.

After a few releases in the 90's, Cocteau Twins broke up, due to creative differences. No dead members, drug problems, just plain ol' fading away.

"Cico Buff" is a track from their fifth LP, Blue Bell Knoll, released in 1988. I consider this their best release, as later albums are more radio-friendly pop than the more dreamy, ethereal 80's releases. The video is of a live performance of "Pearly-Dewdrops' Drops" from 1984.

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