“Things don’t influence us directly, but things do get through. To me, ‘Bluebeard’ sounds nothing like country music. It just sounds like us playing a twangy guitar. So it was really a guitar that created that song. A big guitar. It’s just that if we do country it comes out sounding like Cocteau Twins. If we do anything it comes out sounding like Cocteau Twins.” Robin Guthrie
- February 1994
- Fontana/Mercury & Capitol
- 14 min, 29 sec
- Bluebeard (acoustic version)
- Written, performed, and produced by Cocteau Twins.
- Additional engineering by Lincoln Fong.
- Recorded and mixed at September Sound, London.
- Original photography by Walter Wick. Sleeve design by Lifeboat Matey.
- Peaked at #33 in the UK album chart.
- A promotional video was produced for “Bluebeard.”
- “Bluebeard” has appeared in live performances, and was performed live on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”—Cocteau Twins’ first television appearance in the US.
- Digitally remastered and re-released in 2005 as part of Lullabies to Violaine.
- All tracks from Bluebeard were included in the 2018 release Treasure Hiding: The Fontana Years.
- If one listens carefully, one can hear Liz curse just at the beginning of the acoustic version of “Bluebeard.”
- In English folklore, Bluebeard is a fairy-tale character who marries and then murders one wife after another.
Listen and buy online
- “The truth is not perfect: Robin Guthrie on the Cocteau Twins’ major label years”. Sonic Cathedral. 31-May 2020.
- “Virtual Ethereality”. Sarah Champion. Creem. May 1994.
- Interview. Polish Television TVP2. May 1994.
- “Café of Pain”. Maureen Odell. B-Side. Apr/May 1994.
- “At the Cocteau Café”. Robert Levine. Los Angeles Times. 02-Apr 1994.
- Interview. On the Edge. Apr 1994.
- “The Demons Within”. Stephanie Young. Propaganda: Gothic Chronicle. April 1994.
- Interview with Robin Guthrie. Pat Mannion and Brant Nelson. Dewdrops Fanzine. 1994.
- “Ethereal this, thicky”. Dave Thompson. Alternative Press. Feb 1994.
- “Heart to Tape”. Adam Beyda. Mix. Dec 1993.
- Review of Four-Calendar Café. Josef Woodard. Entertainment Weekly. 19-Nov 1993.
- Interview. Andrew Smith. Raygun. Nov 1993.
- “Sound Whirl”. Andrew Smith. The Wire. Nov 1993.
- Review of Four-Calendar Café. James Hannaham. Details. Nov 1993.
- Retrospective Discography. NME/New Musical Express. 02-Oct 1993.
- Untitled. NME/New Musical Express. 02-Oct 1993.
- “Botanic Rites”. Max Bell. Vox. Oct 1993.
- Review of Four-Calendar Café. Simon Price. Melody Maker. 1993.
- Interview. Kimberly Haas. WXPN Philadelphia Radio. 1993.
- “No More Pre-Raphaelite Bullshit”. Andy O’Reilly. Lime Lizard. Oct 1993.
- “Obscured by Words”. Jason Morgan and Diana Trimble. Mondo 2000. Oct 1993.
- “Fraser-Guided Melodies”. David Cavanaugh. Select. Oct 1993.
- Interview. Peter Suciu. Anti-Matter. Oct 1993.
- “Dreams of Consciousness”. Chris Roberts. Melody Maker. 11-Sep 1993.
- “Cocteaus’ Experiential ‘Calendar’”. Timothy White. Billboard. 11-Sep 1993.