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The Band | Elizabeth Fraser | Robin Guthrie | Simon Raymonde | Other Members

Other Members

  Will Heggie
Will Heggie in 1982 A long-time friend of Robin Guthrie, Will Heggie was a founding member of Cocteau Twins, and collaborated with Robin and Liz on their first LP, Garlands, in 1982, as well as two subsequent EP's, Lullabies and Peppermint Pig. Will departed in 1983 to pursue other musical interests, eventually joining the group Lowlife.

Robin played bass for about a year or so before Cocteau Twins crossed paths with Simon Raymonde, and destiny took its course from there.


  Ben Blakeman
Ben Blakeman Ben Blakeman was born in Salford, England on September 27, 1963 and hadn't heard of the Cocteau Twins until 1989 when his girlfriend suggested that he answer an ad in a music paper looking for "a guitar player who likes the Cocteau Twins." His background is strange for a Cocteau Twin as it consists of playing with a psychobilly band (The Highliners) and being a stripogram. His versatility as a guitarist enables him to pick things up very quickly, and he's been invaluable in the live set-up.

Ben likes to wear a dress on stage.


  Benny Di Massa
Benny Di Massa is the Cocteau Twins' first drummer (and spiritual advisor), playing with the band, on tour from January 1994. Born April 25, 1963 of Italian parents in London, Benny played drums from the age of 16. Until working with the Cocteaus he filled up his time playing with the Wolfgang Press, AR Kane and Frazier Chorus, amongst others. Saddled with the unenviable task of reproducing Robin's drum programs, Benny coped with style. His affable personality and - unusual for a drummer - his willingness to stop hitting the drums when the rest of the band are trying to talk, made him a welcome addition to the touring family! Currently he's working on a project called SUFI with Rudi Tambala from AR Kane.


  Lincoln Fong
Lincoln Fong Lincoln Fong first met Liz and Robin when they arrived at Guerilla 24 track studio in Little Venice, London in 1984 to mix "Ivo" from the Treasure LP. "I couldn't understand what they were saying but put this down to Robin's having had a few drinks. He was wearing pointed shoes with sick on them and Liz was apologising profusely. When he sobered up I still couldn't understand him." He was a fan though and a friendship was struck which led to him telling his employers, who took themselves far too seriously, what he thought of them.

He went freelance, incorporating doing live sound for the Cocteau Twins into his many activities, another being the wiring of their 24 track studio in Acton, West London (Called "Smash Palace" among other names), where he engineered many bands including Cocteau Twins, AR Kane, The Christians, Fuel, The Gun Club and MARRS "Pump Up The Volume" 12" mixes. He rebuilt the studio on the present site and has continued engineering and producing freelance, maintaining and inventing at September Sound and working with the Cocteau Twins. He released two LPs of his own under the names For.Mat (the news set to music and recorded at home on 8 track) and Polar, a collaboration with Hamish Mackintosh (Fuel and The Wave Room). Additionally, he has played bass in Moose and the Jesus and Mary Chain on tour. He loves travel, songwriting and cats.

Cocteau Twins fans may have seen brother/guitar maker Russell Fong's guitars and 5-string basses being used by Robin, Simon and Mitsuo on the Four Calendar Café and Heaven or Las Vegas tours. Russell has built and repaired guitars for many bands. RUSSELL FONG GUITARS: London 0171-357 0260.


  Dave Palfreeman
Dave Palfreeman Dave Palfreeman, born October 16, 1960 in Stockton-on-Tees, England, became the Cocteau Twins' first percussionist in 1993. He played drums and percussion in various bands since a teenager (a long time ago), notably Sedition, Hula and the Screaming Trees, before joining Cabaret Voltaire in 1991. He has also worked in collaboration with dancer/choreographer Greg Nash on a series of dance projects. It was through Cabaret Voltaire that he met up with the Cocteau Twins, became friends and seemed the obvious choice when it came to choosing a percussionist.

Dave has his own label, Groove Recording Products, and is currently working on his own project as well as contributing to Simon Raymonde's solo album.


  Mitsuo Tate
Mitsuo Tate In 1986 on a tour of Japan, the Cocteau Twins stumbled across the Ishibashi music store in central Tokyo, where a shy boy nervously served their peculiar demands for Ernie Ball plectrums! Little did they know that just three years later in September 1989, this same individual would turn up on the doorstep of the studio to leave an unforgettable mark on their lives.

Mitsuo Tate, born in Aizu, Japan on the 19th of May 1965, has been an enigmatic and thoroughly entertaining addition to the Cocteau family. With his unusual diction and bizarre facial hair, he has helped them through many potentially grim moments with great humour. Apart from his undeniable charm, he is a wonderful musician, who can turn his hand to anything. A musical chameleon, his ability to re-create other people's sounds is legendary, yet his own songwriting talents are sadly still to be recognised. Recently discovered is his prowess in the kitchen where he produces vast quantities of sushi to the delight of all the band!

Currently working at September Sound and he drives to work in a Citroën 2CV.