Cocteau Twins

Cocteau Twins

Scottish post-punk/ethereal/dream pop band formed in 1981 in Grangemouth, Falkirk and disbanded in 1997.

Cocteau Twins Discography


Cocteau Twins Garlands (Album) 4AD New Zealand 1982 Sell This Version
Cocteau Twins Head Over Heels (Album) 4AD UK 1983 Sell This Version
Cocteau Twins Treasure (Album, EP) 4AD Europe 1984 Sell This Version
Cocteau Twins Victorialand (Album) 4AD Israel 1986 Sell This Version
Cocteau Twins Blue Bell Knoll (Album) 4AD Japan 1988 Sell This Version
Cocteau Twins Heaven Or Las Vegas (Album) 4AD Germany 1990 Sell This Version
Cocteau Twins Four-Calendar Café (Album) Fontana Japan 1993 Sell This Version
Cocteau Twins Milk & Kisses (Album) Fontana UK & Europe 1996 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Cocteau Twins Lullabies (EP, Maxi) 4AD Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
Cocteau Twins Sunburst And Snowblind (EP, Maxi) 4AD UK 1983 Sell This Version
Cocteau Twins Peppermint Pig (EP, Single) 4AD Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
AD 314 Cocteau Twins Sugar Hiccup(7", S/Sided, Promo) 4AD AD 314 UK 1983 Sell This Version
none Thomas Leer / Cocteau Twins Thomas Leer / Cocteau Twins - Who's Fooling Who / Speak No Evil(Flexi, 7") Vinyl Magazine none Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
Cocteau Twins The Spangle Maker (EP, Single) 4AD Europe 1984 Sell This Version
Cocteau Twins Echoes In A Shallow Bay (EP, Single) 4AD Europe 1985 Sell This Version
Cocteau Twins Aikea-Guinea (EP, Single) 4AD Australia 1984 Sell This Version
Cocteau Twins Tiny Dynamine (EP, Single) 4AD Italy 1985 Sell This Version
DJV 156 Cocteau Twins Lorelei(12", Smplr, Promo) Vertigo DJV 156 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
Cocteau Twins Love's Easy Tears (EP, Maxi) 4AD US 1986 Sell This Version
BSAPC +7-1 Cocteau Twins Amnesty International Picture Disc(7", Pic, S/Sided, Ltd) Amnesty International BSAPC +7-1 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
Cocteau Twins Carolyn's Fingers Capitol Records US 1988 Sell This Version
SPRO-79512 Cocteau Twins A Kissed Out Red Floatboat(12", Promo) Capitol Records SPRO-79512 US 1988 Sell This Version
Cocteau Twins Iceblink Luck (Single) 4AD France 1990 Sell This Version
Cocteau Twins I Wear Your Ring (Single) Capitol Records US 1990 Sell This Version
Cocteau Twins Heaven Or Las Vegas (Single) Capitol Records Canada 1990 Sell This Version

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March 22, 2016
I never really thought about it until I saw this listing - they really didn't put out that many albums - most were EP's.


October 29, 2015
I have been a fan of the Cocteaus since first hearing their ethereal otherworldly music in the early 80's and their music has lived with me ever since. No other band has come close to being a true original in the way the Cocteau Twins did, with a sound and style that came from nowhere and was unique to them. Sadly no longer with us but the music will live on and hopefully future generations will discover and fall in love with them and come to recognise that Elizabeth Fraser was possibly the greatest voice ever committed to vinyl.


October 2, 2015
edited about 1 year ago
I used to hear this band on John Peel & Janice Long's shows on Radio One.
WTF is this weird kinda soft rock with indecipherable almost sung 'lyrics' ?
I'd find something else to do but kinda always remembered them as they sounded like nothing else I'd ever heard.
It was only after hearing them when a Very Good Friend of mine used to play them almost as default background noise.
Once I'd got my head around them I started to really quite like them even though I still struggle to put names to their 'songs'.
Which is why they are so different, they don't do straightforward RAWK that can be categorised & pigeon-holed.
And their Songs don't follow any Verse, Verse, Chorus, Verse, Ad Lib To Fade style that used to look so funny in Smash Hits magazine.
I think the reason so many people 'hope' they will reform is that they got into them a bit too late & feel cheated that such an amazing group could just give up.
Or that they rate them in a similar league to The Velvet Underground who did reform for one last [chance !] tour.
Either way they were a band that were so unique that the usual trappings of 'regular' Pop/Rock acts were none of their concern.


September 18, 2015
Only 3 pieces of music have ever made me stop dead. The first was Teenage Kicks by the Undertones, the third was Song To The Siren by This Mortal Coil, and by far the most significant was the first time I ever heard Cocteau Twins. I was listening to John Peel late at night when he played Wax And Wane for the first time, and it was like an electric shock, just absolutely blew me away. I went out next day to buy it, only to discover that no-one stocked it (the peril of living in the rural Shropshire). In fact only one of the shops even had an account with the 4AD distributor so I ordered it, collected it two days later then and spent months playing it to death. And 33 years later the band are still my constant companion and something I never tire of listening to.


August 8, 2012
edited over 4 years ago
I always want to write a review of this band. But how can i write it objectively enough since Cocteau Twins has already become part of me?
However difficult to comment on this band, it could be said without hesitation that they are legendary, not only in the sense of their huge influence, but also because their productions have succeeded in excelling the ebb and flow of time. Their unique musical physiognomy is metaphysical.


October 3, 2011
edited over 5 years ago
I heartily endorse record buying whilst inebriated.
I was in town after a few hours at a pub when I should have been in uni lectures when I spied the sleeves to Head Over Heels and Treasure in a record shop. I bought both, not having a clue what either sounded like.
I thought they sounded like Kate Bush and Enya having a fight with a drum machine (great!)
The next day I went back to the same record shop and bought Garlands, Victorialand & Sunburst And Snowblind, threw out all my old Thrash metal LPs and bought anything with a 4AD catalogue number on it.


March 8, 2006
edited over 10 years ago
& then there were the Cocteau Twins. A wash of words come up when trying to think of how to describe what sort of influence the Cocteau's have had and have left upon the better part of a generation with their strangely beautiful, amorphous, luscious and serenly textural output all matched with a visual freshness and language that impacted the graphic world at large; courtesy v23 or 23 envelope, depending. The image fit the music and the two gelled in ways which few have before or since.
Elizabeth's voice and her usage of cooing and dada-ist babble, tangled in with snippets and chorused phrasing will go down as one of the more unique and beautiful voices of the late 20th century. A development which brought her closer and closer to being understood as a human and which displayed her growth both as a songwriter and personally with the later albums.
Robin Guthries impact with the Cocteau Twins as a producer and follower of a sound upon sound and heavily effected and textural approach with production is broad to say the least. An approach later swiped wholesale with the brunt of the shoegazer scene and most in particular by Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine. Coming full circle to now; producers like Ulrich Schnauss and others have taken and at least technologically updated the blueprint left out by a coupla guitarists with mountains of effects, a singer who wails on herself while she's performing, and a drum machine. As yet tho and probably thankfully so. No one label, or group, has taken it upon themselves to update and give thanks to the Cocteau Twins in a way that their immediate contemporaries; Slowdive have had done for them with Morr Music's ably positioned and most capable Blue Sky'd an Clear release. Mark Clifford of Seefeel, had a go at remixing the Cocteau Twins several times. While Mark Clifford was obviously indebted to the Cocteau Twins. His treatment of their material did leave a bit to be desired leaving many questions about how their material could and or should be treated as potential remixing material; especially considering that it has been sample fodder for numerous producers across the board.
Rumors have spread on occasion about a new album of which work was underway at one time and the attempt for a reunion performance at the 2005 Coachella festival was cancelled citing differences of opinion just days before it was to happen. So it appears the Cocteau Twins are indeed through and kaput. Even as easy sell out cash in on the sentiment revivalists. But you never do know what will happen and stranger things have happened.


December 23, 2005
edited over 10 years ago
First comment on the Cocteau Twins! Is a comment necessary? Let me just say that the oeuvre is great, and this band interpets the enormous influence of Kate Bush and synth-pop in extraordinary and amazingly creative ways. Truly one of the greatest forces in soulful underground pop music in the past few decades and likely in the next few to come.

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