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Cocteau Twins: Milk And Kisses (Fontana)

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, May 1996

AN UNFORGIVABLE THING happened in 1994. The Cocteau Twins released arguably their finest album to date, Four Calendar Cafe, only to have it roundly ignored ...

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Cocteau Twins (1996)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages audio, 8 February 1996

After a brief discussion of Scottish cuisine, Robin Guthrie, Liz Fraser and Simon Raymonde talk about the delayed release of their latest (and last) album Milk and Kisses; and about Britpop, leaving 4AD, signing to Fontana and the neglect of previous album Four-Calendar Café; plus the process of writing and recording, Liz's voice and lyrics, the strains of touring, the missing of family... and UFO sightings!

File format: mp3; file size: 67.3mb, interview length: 1h 10' 05" sound quality: ****

Cocteau Twins' Liz Fraser (2000)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages audio, 18 July 2000

Ms. Fraser on singing and singers; on being a Cocteau Twin; on her relationship with Robin Guthrie; on friends and co-conspirators like Peter Gabriel, Damon Albarn and sometime beau Jeff Buckley.

File format: mp3; file size: 72.9mb, interview length: 1 h 19' 38" sound quality: ***

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The Cocteau Twins: We Are Not Amused

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, October 2000

"FUCKING HELL," says the tiny, tortured woman as she shakes her birdlike head. "I just wish I knew what the fucking hell happened. ’Cause everyone’s ...

Cocteau Twins: Head Over Heels (4AD)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, Fall 1983

THE COCTEAU TWINS are innocents aboard the jolly roger of "positive-punk" specimens, blushing songbirds amidst the mascara'd goth macaws of Gene Loves Jezebel and Xmal ...

The Cocteau Twins

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Dig, The (Japan), Fall 2000

ONE OF the hardest jobs I’ve ever had as a music writer – as a music fan – is defending the Cocteau Twins against people ...

Cocteau Twins: Stars And Topsoil

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, November 2000

AFTER THE singles box set, a single-CD retrospective from the unique trio. ...

Cocteau Twins: Cocteau Cabinet

Interview by Chris Roberts, Sounds, 4 January 1986

A new year and a new starter for THE COCTEAU TWINS who team up with CHRIS ROBERTS for talk, turkey and all the trimmings. ...

Cocteau Twins: Dreams of Consciousness

Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, 11 September 1993

ROBIN IS NOT HERE today. He is housebound with chicken pox, "covered in spots from head to foot, it's fucking terrible. I got it from ...

Elizabeth Fraser: The Cocteau Twins and me

Interview by Dave Simpson, The Guardian, 26 November 2009

For 18 years she was the "voice of God" in the Cocteau Twins. Now Elizabeth Fraser finds it too difficult even to think about her ...

Cocteau Twins: Lullabies To Violaine Volumes 1 and 2

Review by David Quantick, The Word, May 2006

THE COCTEAU TWINS, in their 15-year career, were extremely fond of the EP format, so it makes sense for 4AD to bring all these together ...

Cocteau Twins

Retrospective by David Stubbs, Uncut, October 2000

"Some people know why they make music, I suppose. But we never talk about what we're doing. Ever" – Simon Raymonde, 1990 ...

Harold Budd: Sonic archaeologist

Profile and Interview by David Toop, The Wire, June 1994

What unearthly music is Harold Budd exhuming now? ...

The Cocteau Twins: Fun From Falkirk - Fat Chance?

Interview by Don Watson, New Musical Express, 6 November 1982

FRIDAY night is cardboard-box-kicking night. ...

Cocteau Twins: Heavenly Twins

Interview by Helen Fitzgerald, Melody Maker, 19 March 1983

LAST SEPTEMBER a very strange thing happened. Three unknown scruffy Scottish urchins took the indie charts by storm with, a debut album, called Garlands, an ...

Cocteau Twins: Cocteau Hour

Interview by Helen Fitzgerald, Sounds, 11 September 1982

Helen Fitzgerald gets intoxicated by the exotic mixture of the Cocteau Twins. ...

The Cocteau Twins

Retrospective and Interview by Jim Irvin, The Word, April 2006

IN THE SUMMER of 1981, a member of staff at the Earl's Court branch of Beggars Banquet Records noticed an odd-looking couple loitering outside the ...

Cocteau Twins/Mazzy Star: Orpheum Theater, Boston

Live Review by Jim Sullivan, The Boston Globe, 19 November 1990

Impassioned Vagueness Of Cocteau Twins ...

Cocteau Twins: Thank Heaven For Little Girls

Interview by John Robb, Sounds, 15 September 1990

The COCTEAU TWINS are back with a new album, a new baby and the same old "cathedral of sound". But as JOHN ROBB discovers, it's ...

Cocteau Twins: Two's Company

Interview by Jon Wilde, ZigZag, October 1983

WHEN THE Cocteau Twins narrowed down to a two-piece (Robin and Elizabeth) in June of this year, they settled down for some rethinking and some ...

Cocteau Twins: "None Of This Should Have Happened"

Interview by Mark Cooper, Q, April 1987

Unlistenable early tapes. Refusals to appear on Top Of The Pops. Information-free record sleeves. A mistrust of people "who can play all the strings on ...

Cocteau Twins: Heaven Or Las Vegas

Review by Martin Aston, Q, October 1990

"THIS WARM BATH of a record is a sensual invitation to wallow in an opiate haze of drifting melody" – Q's review of The Cocteau ...

4AD Records: The "pure" label behind Pixies and Cocteau Twins

Retrospective and Interview by Martin Aston, The Guardian, 10 October 2013

Little was known about Ivo Watts-Russell and Peter Kent, the enigmatic founders of celebrated indie label 4AD, until they were tracked down in the US. ...

Cocteau Twins: An Interview with Robin Guthrie

Interview by Martin Aston, MOJO, December 2011

One half of indie's most ethereal duo on the eternal quest for "musical finesse and beauty" ...

Hello Goodbye: Cocteau Twins

Interview by Martin Aston, MOJO, August 2006

It began with naivety and unbelievable luck, and ended with control freakery and cabin fever. ...

Cocteau Twins: Victorialand

Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, 12 April 1986

A PRE-RAPHAELITE beauty sweeps through trailing fronds and hothouse blooms... ...

Cocteau Twins: Botanic Rites

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, October 1993

Three years after their split from spiritual home 4AD Records, the Cocteau Twins return with a new album, Four Calendar Cafe, looking to eclipse the ...

Cocteau Twins: Beacon Theater, New York NY

Live Review by Michael Azerrad, Rolling Stone, 10 January 1991

THE COCTEAU twins are the prototypal ethereal postpunk group, their diaphanous music aerated by layers of rippling guitars and Liz Fraser's virtuoso wordless vocals. Prone ...

The Cocteau Twins: Twindrops Keep Falling On My Head

Interview by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, 10 December 1983

Robin and Elizabeth are the Cocteau Twins. They live together in London's Muswell Hill and have created an enormously successful musical partnership. PAUL MORLEY attempts ...

Cocteau Twins: Four-Calendar Cafe (Fontana)

Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 23 October 1993


The Cocteau Twins: Manchester Academy

Live Review by Simon Warner, The Guardian, 15 February 1994

THE CORE TRIO, more triplets than twins, have become weary of the media tag locating them as other-worldly beings, cult objects disconnected from the realities ...

4AD Records: Labelled with Love

Retrospective and Interview by Wyndham Wallace, Classic Pop, November 2013

A new book, Martin Aston's Facing The Other Way, tells the story of a label that scored just a single number one hit during the ...

see also This Mortal Coil

see also Simon Raymonde

see also Robin Guthrie


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