I feel like i’ve used up all the adjectives that describe dreamy post rock already in this blog so its really hard to explain how beautiful this song is without using the same old ones. Can you just imagine being back in the mid 80s and just watching VHS’s of Cocteau Twins live shows in poor quality and driving around listening to this on cassette and sharing it for the first time with friends? so so good.
This has become my favorite Deerhunter song after going thru their catalog over and over. Listening to all the parts that make up the song, i’d be even content with just the hand claps and the pitched up synthesized voices that go thru the whole song.
I don’t think Ariel Pink gets your attention right from the beginning if you put in one of his records. It’s a sound that grows on you, this song has this early 90’s local cable recording quality to it and how he sings the chorus is addictive to listen to.
The Sundays at times ride this thin line of something you wouldn’t play for friends but you just can’t deny the songwriting and musicianship here, if I heard this live and at this quality i’d think they’d be one of the best band around.
Cocteau Twins – Sugar Hiccup (BBC Sessions version)[audio:hiccup.mp3]
Deerhunter – Dr. Glass[audio:drglass.mp3]
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – For Kate I Wait[audio:forkate.mp3]
The Sundays – Goodbye[audio:goodbyes.mp3]
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greg says:January 27, 2009 at 4:24 pm
In the early 90’s, I had the hugest crush on Harriet Wheeler, the singer of the Sundays.
mpb says:January 27, 2009 at 4:37 pm
Huh. I’d never thought of The Sundays in quite this light before, but now that I think about it, a lot of the guitar work on “Blind” fits nicely into the Shoegaze genre.
But the Cocteau Twins…they were the real deal.
mpb says:January 27, 2009 at 4:48 pm
Oh, and the video of the live BBC performance of Sugar Hiccup (used to be on Youtube but I can’t find it) is very cool…reel to reel tape machine and all.
Jeffdoe says:January 27, 2009 at 8:31 pm
Classic, Classic stuff!
Cocteau Twins and The Sundays. Two of my all time fav’s for sure. Every album is equally amazing! Diggin’ into my old tunes soon as I submit this.
DeRo says:January 28, 2009 at 12:41 am
I really like this deerhunter song as well. It’s one of those songs I could listen to over and over again. Everything fits together melodically so well.
DeRo says:January 28, 2009 at 12:46 am
Speaking of deerhunter, I also came across this Atlas Sound song called “River Card” … very hypnotic and addicting. I suggest checking it out.
gwdesign says:January 28, 2009 at 6:16 am
I didn’t start listening to the Cocteau Twins until the album Bluebell Knoll came out; Carolyn’s Fingers is the most amazing track. That would have been winter ’88… But yeah, “driving around listening to it on tape” was exactly what I was doing lol. I remember The Sugar Cubes “Life’s too Good” album was also huge at that time. Funny, I still have both of these tapes but I think Bluebell Knoll sounds a little stretched and distorted
Dave says:January 28, 2009 at 9:31 am
I never realized how signature of a guitar sound Robin Guthrie had from the Twins until I heard the ‘Mysterious Skin’ soundtrack. Absolutely stunning piece of work. If ya haven’t heard it, give it a try here:
Phil says:January 28, 2009 at 10:44 am
“Sugar Hiccup” is a great song, probably my favorite Cocteau Twins song, but I have to admit that the Peel or BBC version is THE BEST. I can listen to that over and over again.
You must have had some decent friends, if u could play Cocteau Twins for them in a car, without a “that’s weird”…
Jakub says:January 28, 2009 at 10:52 am
If someone said “That’s Weird” in my car about new music I’d try to share with them, I would probably stop the car and let them walk home and be like “No hard feelings but I thought you we’re open minded but I guess not” and rip off the compass off my dashboard and send them on their way home to go watch mindless tv game shows
Sean says:January 28, 2009 at 10:55 am
Cocteau Twins are an all-time favorite that I first heard in 1990. My favorite will always be Heaven or Las Vegas, though I understand that some fans think it’s a lesser work. Never thought I’d see The Sundays mentioned here. They’re the kind of (talented) group that nobody wants to admit they like. Blind is great pop, and Reading, Writing and Arithmetic is fantastic. Really like the Deerhunter track.
Phil says:January 28, 2009 at 3:46 pm
h says:January 28, 2009 at 4:15 pm
this right away reminds me of some obscure music i’d listen to in the 90s, like mazzy star, this mortal coil, my bloody valentine, and so on…
at the time i’d be just as liable to put on some sepultura and slayer, as some depeche mode and morrissey… or skinny puppy, or milli vanilli, mad proffessor, mr bungle… or cowboy junkies… ah those were good eclectic times
Brian says:January 30, 2009 at 9:06 am
The Sundays changed my perspective on music. I found them right when their last album came out. I still dream of them one day making another album, but seeing as it has been 11 years, I doubt it. To me, Harriet still to this day has a voice that is unmatched.