Cocteau Twins
Cocteau Twins

Cocteau Twins

About Cocteau Twins

Cocteau Twins took their name from a song by Johnny and the Self-Abusers, the band later known as Simple Minds.

∙ The trio was inspired by post-punk legends Bauhaus, The Birthday Party, and Siouxsie & The Banshees.
∙ They were pioneers of 1980s dream pop—a hazy psych sound that has influenced such artists as My Bloody Valentine, Lana Del Rey, and The xx.
∙ Vocalist Elizabeth Fraser employed a type of glossolalia in her songwriting, lifting words from foreign books and random sources that “sounded right,” even if their meaning was opaque.
Heaven Or Las Vegas made virtually all of 1990’s best-of lists, and Pitchfork named it best dream-pop album of all time.
∙ Prince used a sample of “Fifty-Fifty Clown,” from Heaven or Las Vegas, on his collaboration with singer Martika, “Love...Thy Will Be Done.”
∙ Fraser provided vocals for “Lament for Gandalf” in the film The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
∙ On his track “The Knowing,” The Weeknd sampled the gauzy wash of Robin Guthrie’s guitar from “Cherry-Coloured Funk.”

  • ORIGIN
    Grangemouth, Scotland
  • FORMED
    1979