falling in love with the cocteaus again.

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still victorialand for me, you can play it at both speeds!

Friendly Tree (688), Thursday, 1 February 2007 13:55 (7 years ago) Permalink

cheers for the advice, nabisco

having just uncovered this powerful band quite recently, i'm suddenly confronted with the delightful chore of navigating their back catalogue, and i find myself treading a little carefully so as to not overdose on all the riches at once. i think i'll go with 'treasure' next, and then take it step by step from there. :)

Charlie Howard (the sphinx), Thursday, 1 February 2007 14:11 (7 years ago) Permalink

I find the early stuff a bit too gothy but Moon and The Melodies, Heaven or Las Vegas, Bluebell Knoll or Victorialand all get spun still fairly regularly. For some reason they always seem to be a band I listen to in the Spring or Autumn more. But that's probably abother thread in its own right.

Treblekicker (treblekicker), Thursday, 1 February 2007 14:23 (7 years ago) Permalink

Charlie, if you want to invest in a crash course in the discography, you can always get the new four-disc EP collection, which is pretty great -- you'll get an overview of the whole career, and still have the actual albums to dip into at whatever pace you like.

nabisco (nabisco), Thursday, 1 February 2007 14:37 (7 years ago) Permalink

I'm jealous of people who are just now discovering bands like the Cocteaus, and have that whole catalogue in front of them to dive into...I mean, how awesome would it be to have bits of your musical memory erased so that so can experience that "my god *this* is exactly what I want to hear right now!" feeling over and over again?...you know, like electroshock therapy, but without the bad stuff...

hank (hank s), Thursday, 1 February 2007 14:42 (7 years ago) Permalink

that's an interesting idea. if you had entire bands erased from your memory, i wonder how many of those same bands you'd come across again on an intimate level.

i'll suss out that ep. collection tomorrow i think. particularly since the material is strong.

Charlie Howard (the sphinx), Thursday, 1 February 2007 14:48 (7 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

i know it's been said many times many ways but my god what a band.

piscesx, Wednesday, 20 August 2008 02:32 (6 years ago) Permalink

You betcha.

Bimble Is Still More Goth Than You, Wednesday, 20 August 2008 04:39 (6 years ago) Permalink

damn I haven't listened to the Cocteau Twins in like a year now, time for another obsessed dive

Curt1s Stephens, Wednesday, 20 August 2008 04:42 (6 years ago) Permalink

I'm not as big a fan as many around here, but some of their singles -- e.g., Pearly-Dewdrops' Drops -- are near perfect pop songs.

Daniel, Esq., Wednesday, 20 August 2008 04:53 (6 years ago) Permalink

3 years pass...

crikey (no sadly not a reunion before anyone gets their hopes up)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/may/01/cocteau-twins-elizabeth-fraser-meltdown

piscesx, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 02:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

Shitting kittens!

interesting phrase!

suburban buttshaven cannibal (electricsound), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 02:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

Fraser has quietly assembled almost an album's worth of new material, which will form the basis of a 75-minute set with a band including Reece, multi-instrumentalist Thighspaulsandra from experimental band Coil and ex-Spiritualized bassist Sean Cook. Ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett may also feature.

I demand a recording of this as soon as this set is performed.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 02:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, okay, that url made me think the story was about something altogether unpleasant. But good on her!

O Aquaman (Deric W. Haircare), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 04:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

Meanwhile in the last sentence...

Also appearing at Meltdown will be Marc Almond, Diamanda Galas and Laurie Anderson, with other major names still to be announced

Damn.. This might be something to go to...

Reality Check Cashing Services (Elvis Telecom), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 04:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

Jesus crow. I just saw this pop up on the 4ad FB group and Im all a fluster. If I could rely on it to actually HAPPEN I would be going into hock for tickets to the UK right now, but I cant risk her piking.

fix it with like some music glue (Trayce), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 10:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

And Steve Hackett! wtf. I have to tell my ex, he is going to go mental.

fix it with like some music glue (Trayce), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 10:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

If I could rely on it to actually HAPPEN I would be going into hock for tickets to the UK right now, but I cant risk her piking

It'll happen. Contracts and all that will have been signed. Plus, from the interview she sounds pretty upbeat about it.

my father will guide me up the stairs to bed (anagram), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 11:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'd say "hooray" because it's not a 'reunion'

Because a 'reunion' is one gig then everyone disappears.

Whereas this seems like a new album/gig, so more likely a beginning of something.

Mark G, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 11:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

Shitting kittens!

interesting phrase!

― suburban buttshaven cannibal (electricsound), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 02:51 (8 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

t'was the original title of "Sugar Hiccup" you know..

Mark G, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 11:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

nice piece with Robin from a Xmas special edition of MOJO last year.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7026/6791081375_2d669f5e8a_o.jpg

piscesx, Tuesday, 26 June 2012 21:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

just got tickets to the Bath gig

kinder, Tuesday, 26 June 2012 22:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

Are you saying they're doing a reunion show??

LeRooLeRoo, Wednesday, 27 June 2012 21:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

sorry, no, just Liz

kinder, Wednesday, 27 June 2012 22:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah she might do a few CT tracks it looks like. short gig otherwise i'd wager.

piscesx, Wednesday, 27 June 2012 23:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

Thanks for posting the Mojo piece.

My Bloody Valentine? They were just another little indie band to begin with. Lush interested me more because they could actually write songs and had ideas.

He sounds like he's too insecure to admit how good My Bloody Valentine are. Which - if the case - is sad, considering how satisfied he should be with his own body of work. It wouldn't diminish his band in any way. Then again, maybe that mix of insecurity and competitiveness helped him reach the heights he did with CT?...

The only Cocteaus records that make me cringe are the Twinlights and Otherness EPs (from 1995). Twinlights is acoustic and has violins and shite like that, and Otherness is pointless remixes.

I kind of agree with him about Twinlights; I think the instrumentation wasn't up to par. An intriguing exercise - I don't think it's a failure, by any means... But I consider the Otherness EP to be an essential final jewel in their crown. Just listen to the direction that that EP took their live set in; it was yet another breathtaking step in their evolution.

Example 1: The way it drops out at around 3:20 and resurfaces in remix form is a thing of beauty.

Example 2: Definitely NOT a pointless remix.

azaera, Thursday, 28 June 2012 06:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oops, video #2 is supposed to be this:

azaera, Thursday, 28 June 2012 06:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

Argh. Technical ineptitude. Sorry. It's supposed to be a video of Aloysius live from 1996. Definitely worth checking out if you haven't already done so.

azaera, Thursday, 28 June 2012 06:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

He sounds like he's too insecure to admit how good My Bloody Valentine are. Which - if the case - is sad, considering how satisfied he should be with his own body of work. It wouldn't diminish his band in any way. Then again, maybe that mix of insecurity and competitiveness helped him reach the heights he did with CT?...

No, it's because RG was one of that group of people who actually remember MBV as this shambolic live band stumbling round the London scene in the mid to late 80s. As opposed to people who just heard these amazing records coming out of nowhere and presumed they were always that brilliant.

(And I say that as someone who was part of that latter group. But I know quite a few people who remember MBV as an early band, and their later success was, shall we say, unexpected.)

White Chocolate Cheesecake, Thursday, 28 June 2012 08:33 (2 years ago) Permalink


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