Cocteau Twins

Cocteau Twins were a Scottish goth/dream-pop trio that was active for 16 years, starting in 1981. Between 1982 and 1990, the band released six albums and assorted EPs on 4AD. Two additional longplayers appeared on Fontana during the 1990s.

Members: Elizabeth Fraser (vocals), Robin Guthrie (guitar), Will Heggie (bass, 1981-83), Simon Raymonde (bass, 1983-97)

The Cocteau Twins trace to 1979 when Grangemouth teenagers Robin Guthrie (guitars, drum machine) and Will Heggie (bass) formed a partnership. They took their name from an unrecorded song performed by an earlier Scottish punk band, Johnny and the Self Abusers, the precursor to Simple Minds and the Cuban Heels. (The song was repurposed as “No Cure,” which appears on Simple Minds’ debut album Life In a Day.)

In 1981, the pair met 17-year-old Elizabeth Frazer, who sported an arm tattoo of Siouxsie and the Banshees. She became their vocalist, despite having never considered a career in music. The trio signed to 4AD and issued their debut album, Garlands, in September 1982.

Album discography:

  • Garlands (1982)
  • Head Over Heels (1983)
  • Treasure (1984)
  • Victorialand (1986)
  • Blue Bell Knoll (1988)
  • Heaven or Las Vegas (1990)


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