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Four-Calendar Café
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“I’ve consciously been stripping things back. In the past, I’ve always wanted one more overdub, one more melody, because I’m terrible for thinking that my music isn’t good enough. So if I put in a few more frilly overdubs, then it’ll be all right. These one’s are more substantial. The ideas are more focused.” Robin Guthrie

“I tend to go from one extreme to the other. To go from an album like Blue Bell Knoll, which is so heavily disguised and removed from reality to Heaven or Las Vegas, or even more to this one, where everything on it is in English and it’s all audible…it is extreme, I think. But it seems important for me to do that.” Elizabeth Fraser

Four-Calendar Café

  • November 1993
  • Fontana/Mercury & Capitol
  • 518 259-1
  • 41 min, 32 sec

Track listing

  1. Know Who You Are at Every Age
  2. Evangeline
  3. Bluebeard
  4. Theft, and Wandering Around Lost
  5. Oil of Angels
  6. Squeeze Wax
  7. My Truth
  8. Essence
  9. Summerhead
  10. Pur

Available formats

  • Vinyl
  • Cassette
  • CD
  • Digital

Performers

Release notes

  • All songs written and produced by Cocteau Twins.
  • Recorded and mixed at September Sound, London.
  • Additional Engineering by Lincoln Fong.
  • Additional Guitars by Mitsuo Tate and Ben Blakeman.
  • Additional Drums and Percussion by Benny DiMassa and David Palfreeman.
  • Original photography by Walter Wick. Sleeve design by Lifeboat Matey.

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  • Peaked at #13 on UK album charts, and #78 in the US. “Evangeline” and “Bluebeard” peaked at #34 and #33, respectively, in the UK.
  • Promotional videos were produced for the singles, “Evangeline” and “Bluebeard.”
  • A promo-only single was released for “Summerhead.”
  • The following songs were performed live on television, radio, and on tour: “Know Who You Are At Every Age,” “Evangeline,” “Bluebeard,” “Theft, And Wandering Around Lost,” “Summerhead,” and “Pur.”
  • Alternate Chinese versions of “Know Who You Are At Every Age” and “Bluebeard” were recorded by Faye Wong (Wangfei).
  • Four-Calendar Café was digitally remastered and re-released on CD in 2006, with slightly modified artwork and extensive sleeve notes.
  • A remastered vinyl pressing of Four-Calendar Café was released in 2017 by Universal Music.
  • The title is taken from the writings of William Least-Heat Moon.

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Videos

  • "Evangeline" official video, 1993.
  • "Bluebeard" official video, 1994.
  • Live performance of "Summerhead," on 'Later with Jools Holland,' 1993.
  • Live televised performance of "Bluebeard" from The Late Show, BBC, 1994.
  • Robin & Liz interview on MTV, 1993.
  • Interview with Liz & Robin on Polish television (with subtitles), 1994.

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