Is it just me, or did Cocteau Twins always have a bit of a wintery vibe about them? In any case, in 1993 they put this pair of cover versions out as a very limited edition. Limited because they didn’t want to accidentally have a big hit with it and for this to be the single that everybody would know them for, forevermore. Probably wise.
If you had to name an act that created its own unique sound, Cocteau Twins would surely be one of the first to spring to mind – they didn’t sound like anything else at the time, and even after thirty years or so of influencing other bands, you couldn’t really mistake them for any of the acts that followed in their wake. A major reason for this is of course Elizabeth Fraser’s voice. If you’re reading this, the chances are that you already know perfectly well what I’m talking about – and if you don’t, well… it’s hard to put it into words, and that’s sort of the point. Take a listen to the tracks below and you’ll understand.Reliably popular with the indie crowd, they would occasionally nudge the grown-up top 40 as well. This single, EP, whatever you want to call it, was their first and biggest Top 40 entry, reaching a vertiginous peak of number 29 in April 1984. The hit archives have it down as “Pearly-Dewdrops’ Drops”, as an edit of that song was the lead on the 7″, but the cognoscenti know it as The Spangle Maker, that being the A-side on the 12″ (and completely absent from the 7″).
Cocteau Twins – The Spangle Maker (UK 12″ single, 1984)
Link: Cocteau Twins – The Spangle Maker
Link: Cocteau Twins – Pearly-Dewdrops’ Drops (full length)
Link: Cocteau Twins – Pepper-Tree