Wednesday, January 14, 2009


'Not that you're obsessed or anything'.

But I do get obsessed, don't you?

I latch on to certain songs sometimes, and they might not even be new to me and there might not even be an obvious reason - 'maybe it's the time of year or maybe it's the time of man, I don't know' - and this week it's been that last Cocteaus album, the one no-one really (ahem) treasures, and two songs in particular on it with real - terrifyingly, shockingly real after all the spooning good singing gum business - lyrics; and I've been playing them and playing them and playing them.

And then, only today, and all this time later, do I hear for the first time that only those two songs from it (as far as I know) exist in earlier, very different, chamber versions on this*

And if I thought I was in Heaven (or Las Vegas) before, I most certainly am now.

Intimacy is when we're in the same place at the same time
Dealing honestly with how we feel, and who we really are

'You boys and your indie sirens'.

Cocteau Twins - 'Half-Gifts' (Twinlights EP version) (1995)
Cocteau Twins - 'Rilkean Heart' (Twinlights EP version) (1995)

* oh yes, you all knew that. But I didn't. And I've enjoyed the discovery.


  1. I don't think I've ever been quoted before.

    You're cooking on gas lately, a damn fine run of posts lately.


  2. Now stop that, you'll have me coming over all Winslet. But thank you.

  3. Have to agree with Simon, a great run of posts I'm intrigued as to which lovely lady is next?
    I find that the Cocteau Twins sound even better at this time of year

    ps wife and son #2 safely home

  4. What the fuck is the poll all about, didn't realize this was a democracy. we'll get disco and be bloody grateful we are getting anything. Or are you running out of class disco tunes?

  5. Ah yes, the poll. Think of it as a government Public Consultation exercise - ask the people what they think then go ahead and do what you planned to do all along.

    Have no fear of democracy here sir!

    Yours from under the Heathrow flight path,

  6. PS: Welcome home Baby Drew 2!

  7. everything you need to understand about the Cocteaus can be best summarized with just one viewing:

    It's fever. Yes, it's real.

  8. Ah yes, 'popular with the underground punk set'....arf!

  9. i had a bit of a thing with girl in muswell hill when i first got to london and they lived downstairs. gee how i thought i'd arrived

  10. I am bound to say, you clearly had x

  11. Its amazing how Eliz could look so alluring in some shots, but so damn ordinary in others - I also think she was someone who got more attractive as she got older.

    But for me it was always the voice more than anything else....


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