Heel to toe to hair and hoof and it's head over heels and it's all but an ark-lark...

“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
  • CTCD2
  • 14 min, 29 sec

Track listing

  1. Bluebeard
  2. Three-Swept
  3. Ice-Pulse
  4. Bluebeard (acoustic version)


  • Vinyl
  • Cassette
  • CD
  • Digital


Release notes

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • "Bluebeard" official video © Mercury/Fontana 1994.
  • Live televised performance of "Bluebeard" from The Late Show, BBC, 1994.
  • Live televised performance of "Bluebeard" from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 1994.


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