Cocteau Twins

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Tags: dream pop shoegaze post-punk ethereal alternative female vocalists 4ad Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in 1982 in Grangemouth, Scotland, the Cocteau Twins originally comprised Elizabeth Fraser (29 August 1963, Grangemouth, Scotland), Robin Guthrie (b. 4 January 1962, Scotland) and bass player Will Heggie. Able to convey an astonishing variety of moods and emotions, using words more for their sound than their meaning, Fraser’s voice became one of the most recognizable and imitated of the 80s and 90s. The accompanying musical backdrop assembled by Guthrie used guitar, tape loops, echo boxes and drum machines.

Guthrie formed the band with Heggie after seeing Fraser dancing at a disco, taking the unusual name from an early Simple Minds song. Demo tapes were passed to Ivo Watts-Russell, the owner of 4AD Records and his enthusiasm for the Cocteau Twins’ music prompted the band’s move to London to record for the label. The first album generated enormous interest and airplay from BBC Radio 1 disc jockey John Peel. Garlands was...

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