Poll the Baby: Heaven or Las Vegas by the Cocteau Twins

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
cherry-coloured funk 8
heaven or las vegas 8
fifty-fifty clown 6
frou-frou foxes in midsummer fires 4
pitch the baby 4
fotzepolitic 3
iceblink luck 2
road, river and rail 2
wolf in the breast 0
i wear your ring 0


dayo, Wednesday, 22 September 2010 08:51 (seven years ago) Permalink

50/50 clown, oh yes

deep-fried cigarette (electricsound), Wednesday, 22 September 2010 08:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

Probably "Pitch the Baby". Think was the last time I got a toss about the Cocteaus.

Mo Tucker Mo Problems (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 22 September 2010 08:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

"Think this was the last time I gave a toss"

Hmmm, brain up to speed this morning.

Mo Tucker Mo Problems (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 22 September 2010 08:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

I can never remember which deep cuts are which on Cocteaus albums because the titles are gibberish. I'll have to listen to it again before voting.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 22 September 2010 08:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

<3 u for this poll dayo! Suprised we havent done this one (have we?). Me and Bimble went a bit nuts on cocteaux polls at one point.

cathedral-sized jellyfish in your mind (Trayce), Wednesday, 22 September 2010 09:05 (seven years ago) Permalink

I think I might have to go for "Road, River and Rail", but I'm gonna have to tink on it. And listen to the album. RRR is great tho - I actually know most of the words!

cathedral-sized jellyfish in your mind (Trayce), Wednesday, 22 September 2010 09:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

Okay, it's "Fotzepolitic" which has the melody that kills me. I knew it was one of the songs on this album.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 22 September 2010 09:09 (seven years ago) Permalink

did a halfassed search but nothing came up. this may be the only Cocteau twins album where I can summon the melody from the song name alone.

dayo, Wednesday, 22 September 2010 09:09 (seven years ago) Permalink

Said lyrics, at least a fairly reliable interpretation from a source online I trust:

Really far away
Though those choices can't be told
Naked and caught on the Île de la Cité

Oh holy pew is of eleventh century
Full of shame and a fearless decay
Formed into an angel
From some flower
Fabulous and dreamery
Flame on the crown in her influence

From out of the Bayeux
See him with hair pulled
Blue pants suit and no waist
Through Paris we'd stroll
From out of the Bayeux

My destiny
Seventeen my mind was seized
Into the fold
When you weren't feeling hated then
No boiling thirst
It was a focus of adjectives

Road, river and rail
So unblemished and natural
As mother's daughter
Today she'll follow road, river and rail

cathedral-sized jellyfish in your mind (Trayce), Wednesday, 22 September 2010 09:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

(actally I reckon its "naked and cold on the Ile de la Cite", but what would I know)

cathedral-sized jellyfish in your mind (Trayce), Wednesday, 22 September 2010 09:11 (seven years ago) Permalink

Fotzepolitic is awesome too mind you. Cripes, this is hard.

cathedral-sized jellyfish in your mind (Trayce), Wednesday, 22 September 2010 09:15 (seven years ago) Permalink

<3 this album so much. Strangely, I'm not a big fan of much else by them. Nearly every track is a worthy contender, so I'm not sure what I'm gonna vote for. The first three tracks are amazing, as is the title track and fotzepolitic. The use of the title track at the end was the only good thing about that travestous Donnie Darko sequel.

village idiot (dog latin), Wednesday, 22 September 2010 09:18 (seven years ago) Permalink

There was a time when I owned every CT release I could get my hands on, but all I have left now are this album and The Pink Opaque (I made a ton of $$$ selling it all off in the early eBay days before everyone was downloading everything they ever wanted).

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 22 September 2010 09:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

Voting Iceblink Luck, because that is the song that starts playing in my head when I think of this album.

village idiot (dog latin), Wednesday, 22 September 2010 09:22 (seven years ago) Permalink

Fotze is a naughty word in German, by the way. Not a lot of people know that.

margana (anagram), Wednesday, 22 September 2010 10:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

fffimf I think

dayo, Thursday, 23 September 2010 03:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

fart politics? ha.

cathedral-sized jellyfish in your mind (Trayce), Thursday, 23 September 2010 03:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

um not quite

deep-fried cigarette (electricsound), Thursday, 23 September 2010 03:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

missed opportunity to use FotzePOLLitic imo

meatball subs (corey), Thursday, 23 September 2010 03:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

voted Fifty-Fifty Clown

meatball subs (corey), Thursday, 23 September 2010 03:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

i'm going to vote for frou-frou because you caught me in a particular mood.

normally i suppose, i'd side with pitch the baby

charlie h, Thursday, 23 September 2010 04:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

Went for RRR after all in the end. Suspect this poll will have a spread of votes, unless the lurkers all jump in andvote for HOLV which tbqh i am not a fan of. Its ok, but eh.

cathedral-sized jellyfish in your mind (Trayce), Thursday, 23 September 2010 04:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

oh god this is impossible

a fucking knitted scarf (another al3x), Thursday, 23 September 2010 04:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

could really be anything depending on mood but i guess it's between cherry-coloured and 50/50. or not. dunno... had a period of regularly drinking a bottle of wine to this, and maybe repeating if i had two

a fucking knitted scarf (another al3x), Thursday, 23 September 2010 04:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

really love the huge cover image at the top

meatball subs (corey), Thursday, 23 September 2010 04:51 (seven years ago) Permalink

title track (reason i bought the album in the first place)

william buttinski's 'the disintegration snoops' (donna rouge), Thursday, 23 September 2010 05:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

shame that you didn't find anything on there you liked more

charlie h, Thursday, 23 September 2010 06:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

not necc. so, just the reason why i picked that song

william buttinski's 'the disintegration snoops' (donna rouge), Thursday, 23 September 2010 07:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

ah ok. rad

charlie h, Thursday, 23 September 2010 07:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

Either pitch the baby for the sequencers or iceblink luck for sounding like New Order - because those were the two songs I was most into when this came out. Nowadays though I love every song on this.

I am using your worlds, Thursday, 23 September 2010 08:47 (seven years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

in before system

dayo, Friday, 8 October 2010 00:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

One of my favorite albums from one of my all-time favorite bands. I could vote for any song really, there's no filler here. Going with the epic closing track.

LeRooLeRoo, Friday, 8 October 2010 19:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Friday, 8 October 2010 23:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

1. Cherry
2. RR&R

Album is compositely flawless.

cee-oh-tee-tee, Saturday, 9 October 2010 00:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

title track or fotzepolitic. every song is amazing though.

strongohulkingtonsghost, Saturday, 9 October 2010 02:51 (seven years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Saturday, 9 October 2010 23:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

damn, i missed this. i would have voted for 50/50 clown - love that balearic bass line

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Sunday, 10 October 2010 10:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

love results where two songs are tied for first

dayo, Sunday, 10 October 2010 10:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

when the snare hits kick in on frou frou foxes = my heart melts

dayo, Sunday, 10 October 2010 12:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

also I like the symmetry

8-8-6-4-4-3-2-2-0-0

dayo, Sunday, 10 October 2010 12:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Fuck an ILM for zero votes for "I Wear Your Ring" in this poll.

Tim F, Sunday, 6 November 2011 11:56 (six years ago) Permalink

frou frou foxes! i've listened to that song like 10 times in a row on occasion

bluelips, Sunday, 6 November 2011 15:31 (six years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

fifty-fifty clown for that gorgeous vocal at 1.58

Week of Wonders (Ross), Monday, 9 October 2017 03:51 (ten months ago) Permalink

btw does anybody know why lou reed appears to have a songwriting credit for road, river and rail?
https://play.google.com/music/preview/Tpud4qhwn5kyt6eu3ifsum2j4gm?lyrics=1
(at the very bottom)

palko, Friday, 13 October 2017 14:55 (ten months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

i didn't know how much i liked this band but 'fotzepolitic' just came on some sort of random spotify thing and hooooooly shit where has this been all my life

imago, Wednesday, 22 November 2017 20:33 (eight months ago) Permalink

turns out the rest of the album is slightly less imago-tastic. but man, that song. that ENDING. why doesn't it go on for eight minutes? whyyyyy

imago, Thursday, 23 November 2017 17:59 (eight months ago) Permalink

the last song is my favorite

understood by moron level and above (brimstead), Thursday, 23 November 2017 18:39 (eight months ago) Permalink

"frou-frou foxes in midsummer fires"

understood by moron level and above (brimstead), Thursday, 23 November 2017 18:40 (eight months ago) Permalink

that was up there too, along with 'pitch the baby'

imago, Thursday, 23 November 2017 23:20 (eight months ago) Permalink

This album is so good that the two songs that received no votes are fire

ur-oik (rip van wanko), Thursday, 23 November 2017 23:42 (eight months ago) Permalink

Fuck an ILM for zero votes for "I Wear Your Ring" in this poll.

― Tim F, Sunday, 6 November 2011 11:56 (six years ago) Permalink

me otm

Tim F, Friday, 24 November 2017 01:30 (eight months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

this album is redonkulous

trife's rich padgett (rip van wanko), Thursday, 18 January 2018 03:31 (six months ago) Permalink

I have listened to it since age 15 and it just gets better

trife's rich padgett (rip van wanko), Thursday, 18 January 2018 03:31 (six months ago) Permalink

biggest crime is wolf in the breast getting no votes, the song's outro smokes

this album has held up the most in the cocteau's canon for me. Victorialand and Love's Easy Tears were always my go-to favorites, but Heaven or Las Vegas is their perfect dream pop record.

kolakube (Ross), Thursday, 18 January 2018 03:53 (six months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

I have fallen hard for this record…I heard it vaguely at the time, but oddly heard Four Calendar more, based on a co-worker playing it a lot in the office in 1994…

the title cut made me cry as I was walking around Prospect Park on this glorious spring day, watching little girls play and thinking that my 16 month old will be doing that soon. Its the slide after the choruses that gets me…is it Guthrie or Raymonde that played the —I hesitate to use the following term— solos?

veronica moser, Friday, 11 May 2018 20:25 (three months ago) Permalink

How did I miss this poll? I'd have gone for Fifty-Clown. Liz's voice sounds like a choir of angels there.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Friday, 11 May 2018 20:59 (three months ago) Permalink

Fifty-fifty clown of course.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Friday, 11 May 2018 21:00 (three months ago) Permalink

Yeah that track is gorgeous. Re the solo - the fairly-literal video shows Fraser, Guthrie, Raymonde performing (vocal, Gretsch, Fender VI) as well as Mitsuo Tate (Jazzmaster) and Lincoln Fong (?) (Strat) who were in the touring band. I think it shows Guthrie doing the solo on a hideous green PRS.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KnYw4EwYGc

startled macropod (MatthewK), Friday, 11 May 2018 22:14 (three months ago) Permalink

Oops, no, Ben Blakeman on Strat. Neither he nor Tate played on the record I believe.

startled macropod (MatthewK), Friday, 11 May 2018 22:20 (three months ago) Permalink

yknow, being that I'm a novice, It's hard for me to hear who the artists that 'fluenced them might be. They did something with Harold budd, but I don't hear minimalism. Were they into eno and the berlin trilogy?

veronica moser, Saturday, 12 May 2018 23:39 (three months ago) Permalink

It doesn't help much but I know they were way into The Birthday Party at the outset, it's why they sent their demo to 4AD.

startled macropod (MatthewK), Sunday, 13 May 2018 00:16 (three months ago) Permalink

best album ever

flopson, Sunday, 13 May 2018 00:22 (three months ago) Permalink

Kinda surprised at the low showing for Iceblink Luck tbh

Colonel Poo, Sunday, 13 May 2018 00:56 (three months ago) Permalink

I hear my baby crying

Free jazz baser (Ross), Sunday, 13 May 2018 02:57 (three months ago) Permalink


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