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(Guardian)   Introduced to the world by The Monkees, first released by Pat Boone, and rescued from obscurity by a Cocteau Twin or two, the story of Tim Buckley's Song To the Siren is almost as puzzling as the oyster   (guardian.co.uk) divider line 21
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2013-05-23 01:26:19 PM  
It wasn't only Buckley who got major national exposure thanks to The Monkees...

Papa Nez had Frank Zappa on as a guest. And Davy Jones chose Charlie Smalls for his "introduce good, obscure musicians to the teenyboppers" guest.
 
2013-05-23 02:19:33 PM  
TFA: By 1983, the founder of the 4AD label had carved a reputation for releasing darkly gripping post-punk by the likes of Bauhaus, the Birthday Party, Modern English and Cocteau Twins.

Summon.. BlackHope?
 
2013-05-23 02:31:03 PM  
This Mortal Coil's version (really Cocteau Twins) is by far the best version (even better than Tim's).

/also TMC's version is in my all time top 10
 
2013-05-23 02:52:42 PM  
 
2013-05-23 02:58:54 PM  

FuLinHyu: This Mortal Coil's version (really Cocteau Twins) is by far the best version (even better than Tim's).

/also TMC's version is in my all time top 10



John Frusciante (sp?) of RHCP also does a pretty version.

Interesting sidenote: Elizabeth Fraser (TMC/Cocteau Twins) had a relationship with Jeff Buckley. That must have been slightly weird.
 
2013-05-23 03:03:38 PM  
Oops, my bad. The relationship is mentioned in the article.
 
2013-05-23 03:16:10 PM  

rillettes: Interesting sidenote: Elizabeth Fraser (TMC/Cocteau Twins) had a relationship with Jeff Buckley. That must have been slightly weird.


Actually they got along swimmingly right up until the relationship went under.
 
2013-05-23 03:22:24 PM  

rillettes: FuLinHyu: This Mortal Coil's version (really Cocteau Twins) is by far the best version (even better than Tim's).

/also TMC's version is in my all time top 10


John Frusciante (sp?) of RHCP also does a pretty version.


Yep, correct spelling.

And it is a damn good version of the song.
 
2013-05-23 03:31:21 PM  
Bryan Ferry did a version on Olympia, and it's probably the closest we'll ever get to a "new" Roxy Music song.
 
2013-05-23 03:31:46 PM  
I puzzled an oyster just this morning.

/and tried the veal.
 
2013-05-23 03:43:23 PM  
I think this is the 1983 version.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mUmdR69nbM
 
2013-05-23 04:16:42 PM  
Best cover of any song ever.
 
2013-05-23 05:36:54 PM  
 
2013-05-23 05:48:32 PM  
This live take of the Cocteau Twins' version is pretty great.

Plus, it adds yet another interesting change to the lyrics.
 
2013-05-23 05:50:21 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: It wasn't only Buckley who got major national exposure thanks to The Monkees...

Papa Nez had Frank Zappa on as a guest. And Davy Jones chose Charlie Smalls for his "introduce good, obscure musicians to the teenyboppers" guest.


They also recorded "Cuddly Toy," and Harry Nilsson was able to quit the bank. And Elizabeth Fraser is just amazing. And I just mentioned my two favorite singers in one post.
 
2013-05-23 06:15:57 PM  
Martin Aston

Seriously?

And as much as I love CT, oh man did they suck live. I don't know if Frasier was having voice problems that night or what, but she couldn't seem to hold a note for more than an sixteenth of a measure. When she stopped singing the instrumentation was absolutely gorgeous. Of course she never stopped singing.
 
2013-05-23 08:13:54 PM  
I currently have This Mortal Coil's version on a CD in my car. It's such a hauntingly beautiful song. Another good This Mortal Coil song is Kangaroo, a cover of Big Star.
 
2013-05-24 01:19:32 AM  

The Dogs of War: I currently have This Mortal Coil's version on a CD in my car. It's such a hauntingly beautiful song. Another good This Mortal Coil song is Kangaroo, a cover of Big Star.


That's a great version and all the collaborations Cocteau Twins did with Gordon Sharp are wonderful. Sharp is a very compelling and evocative vocalist and I highly recommend checking out his band Cindytalk, though be aware that it is considerably darker and more abrasive than the material he did with Cocteau Twins.

Some samples:

From Camouflage Heart:
It's Luxury
The Ghost Never Smiles

From In This World:
Janey's Love (NSFW lyrics)
Circle of Shiat (NSFW lyrics)
 
2013-05-24 08:52:13 AM  
My, my, look at all the Cocteau Twins knowledge. I have never been so proud of fellow farkers.

Google search the inner tubes for Jeff Buckley + Elizabeth Frazier and you will find an mp3 of a song they recorded together but never released. Elizabeth was very angry it got out because it was never finished.

I was surprised to read in an interview that Robin Guthrie was heavy into coke for a long stretch of time. I cannot imagine how you could write and play such ethereal stuff while tweaking.

4AD produced the soundtrack of my youth. Love me some Wolfgang Press as well.
 
2013-05-24 12:19:24 PM  

fusillade762: Martin Aston

Seriously?

And as much as I love CT, oh man did they suck live. I don't know if Frasier was having voice problems that night or what, but she couldn't seem to hold a note for more than an sixteenth of a measure. When she stopped singing the instrumentation was absolutely gorgeous. Of course she never stopped singing.


Saw them here in Montreal, in 1989 or thereabouts, in a beautiful church. It was their Heaven or Las Vegas tour. First time I had ever been to a concert where smoking was prohibited. Dead Can Dance were a much-better act.


csb:
During my first year at uni, 1984 (fark off, I'm old), you could listen to the John Peel sessions on the radio up here. So, one night, it's Cocteau Twins, and they're being interviewed. Liz Fraser happens to mention that Abba were an influence, and Robin Guthrie starts mocking her for it. All of sudden, all ethereal pretense is dropped, and Fraser just starts lighting into him, swearing like a longshoreman and everything.
I'm sure you can find the recording.
 /csb

BTW, Filigree & Shadow is best listened-to on massive amounts of hash. Trust me on this.
 
2013-05-24 04:01:39 PM  
Did someone say massive?
 
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