The Second British Invasion Music Series — Brit Box Disc 1 Track 2 — “Lorelei,” by Cocteau Twins (1984)

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From The Brit Box, Disc 1, Track 2, comes, “Lorelei,” by Cocteau Twins from their, “Treasure” album released in November 1984.  The adjective that first comes to mind while listening to it is dreamy.  As it goes on it gets a little more insistent, which often happens as dreams get closer to reality.

Tidbits:

The Cocteau Twins were formed in Grangemouth, Scotland, by guitarist Robin Guthrie and bassist Will Heggie. They quickly added Elizabeth Fraser, whose voice contributed significantly to the distinctive, dream-like sound that became the band’s trademark over their period of activity from 1979 to 1997.

Ned Raggett at allmusic.com says:

Somehow the idea of the Cocteau Twins creating a massive arena rock stomp may seem ridiculous, and yet one listen to “Lorelei” is enough to convince that they could well have done it with this song. The production is nowhere meant to be scaled so high, but thanks to Robin Guthrie’s brilliant ear for huge guitar lines and overdubs, even the drum machine sounds ready to punch down walls. The end result is that it all works, and incredibly well at that, arguably the highlight of the group’s peerless album Treasure and a regular part of the band’s live set up through its later years. Beginning with an echoing bell-chime and soaring guitar line fed through who knows how many digital effects, “Lorelei” takes full flight with the steady percussion fills and Elizabeth Fraser’s high, almost sickly sweet singing. As is par for the course, her lyrics are essentially indecipherable outside of a word or two, but the sense of sheer exultation and joy is infectious. The music continues to swirl and spiral up to even greater heights, with an equally commanding midsong break where Fraser’s voice takes a lower pitch but somehow rises to even greater heights as a result, diving and ascending just so.

“Lorelei”

Get off the car
Kick his chain
Kick his pride, get him soaked, hit, run
Lift up your toes
In my mouth
And we can make love
And we can go

And we can go
And we can go
We’re covered by the sacred fire
When you come to me, you come to broke

Get off the car
Kick his chain
Kick his pride, get him soaked, hit, run
Lift up your toes in my mouth
And we can make love
And we can go

And we can go
And we can go
And we can go
And we can go
We’re covered by the sacred fire
When you come to me, you come to broke

Without a doubt
Without a doubt
Without a doubt
Without a doubt
Without a doubt
Without
Without a doubt
Without a doubt
Without a doubt
Without a doubt
Without a doubt
Without a doubt
Without
Without a doubt
Without a doubt
Without a doubt
Without a doubt

We’re covered by the sacred fire
When you come to me, you come to me broke
Guilty girl, guilty boy
Get to make out, him chocked with mousse
Lift up your toes in my mouth
And we can make love
And we can go
Guilty girl, guilty boy
Get to make out, him chocked with mousse
Lift up your toes in my mouth
And we can make love
And we can go

Writer(s): Elizabeth Fraser, Simon Raymonde, Robin Guthrie

Is, “Lorelei” familiar to you?

22 Comments Add yours

  1. Dave says:

    Cocteau Twins are unique in a way , to me. I can recognize their sound instantly and quite like them, but I swear there’s not one song by them I could name. They got some airplay in the 80s on CFNY in Toronto, but not a whole lot, and the songs were good but I can’t remember precisiely how they went or what they were. this one, I don’t think I do know.
    Dreamy and atmospheric – that was the Cocteau Twins.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You know, Dave, I know as little about them as you do. The think I know most is their name. Glad they got a little spotlight today.

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      1. Dave says:

        they have a nice, similarly atmospheric Christmas song too… I have it on some alternative rock Christmas compilation but the title of it eludes me too!

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Thanks for the heads-up, Dave.

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  2. Carol anne says:

    Nope! This is not familiar to me at all! ❤

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Carol anne, glad to have introduced it to you 🙂

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  3. Aphoristical says:

    I love this one – they have some amazing songs. I love Fraser’s duet with Jeff Buckley on All Flowers Bend Toward the Sun too.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You mean this one? I just listened to it. Should have come with a kleenex alert, Graham. Hauntingly good, as I know that Jeff passed on at a young age.

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  4. memadtwo says:

    Their sound is familiar, but as someone noted above, particular songs have not become embedded in my mind the way a group like Depeche Mode is. The description of the song as spiraling is a good one. (k)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you’re tuning in.

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  5. Paul says:

    Have heard of the band but never heard this song – I guess you could call this dream pop? Sounds best to me on a pair of headphones. and thanks for the lyrics cause as the one reviewer says I couldn’t tell anything she was singing.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks for reading/listening and your comment, Paul. Dream pop is a good name for it. I’m trying the find lyrics to each selection. So far have been successful except for one.

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  6. How this one ever passed me by I can’t understand! I like it and it’s tempted me to dig deeper.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you got a chance to hear it and enjoy it.

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  7. Like some other folks noted, while their name vaguely sounds familiar, I cannot name one song – well, except now I’ve heard Lorelei! 🙂

    BTW, the rock Lorelei by the Rhine river in Germany is about 70 miles to the southwest of where I grew up.

    While Cocteau Twins is not quite my cup of tea, I will say their sound seems to be pretty unique – a distinction that not many bands can claim.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Very neat on the rock Lorelei. What’s the story with the rock, Christian? I hear you on the music, something to taken in small doses if at all. I do like the duet she sang with Jeff Buckley.

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      1. There are various tales about the rock. The one I’ve heard, which I suppose is the best known, revolves around a beautiful woman sitting on top of the cliff. She would comb her long blonde hair, which distracted shipmen who were passing by on the Rhine, causing them to crash their boats on the rocks!

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Ah! Like a Siren!

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  8. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    I remember them on MTV in the 80s…watching them at my cousins house way before we got cable.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      How cool. I remember when MTV first got started and how awesome it was. Music videos!

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      1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

        Oh we would stay up until 5 in the morning watching them…go to sleep on the couch and wake up and do it again at 11 or so…it was so exciting at the time. And once in a while they would play a classic act like The Who or Beatles.

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