Personalities | The Cocteau Twins | Eighties | Rock

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1980–98)

The otherworldly tones of albums such as Treasure (1983) and Victorialand (1986) helped define ambient music. The Cocteaus comprised Robin Guthrie’s layered soundscapes and Liz Fraser’s spectral voice (also used by Massive Attack), plus bassist Will Heggie (replaced by Simon Raymonde). None of their lyrics could be discerned, but the atmospheric ‘Pearly Dewdrops Drop’ (1984) charted, and is still used by TV producers. Heaven Or Las Vegas (1990) and the more conventional Four Calendar Cafe (1993) went US Top 100. 1996’s Milk And Kisses closed their career.

Styles & Forms | Eighties | Rock
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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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