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

“Robin and Liz’s relationship and their music had just blossomed. Head Over Heels showed an extraordinary growth, especially Elizabeth’s singing. The Peel Session recorded shortly after includes my favourite ever Liz vocal, in the version of “Hitherto.” It’s the track I play people if they’ve never heard Cocteau Twins.” Ivo Watts-Russell

Sunburst and Snowblind

  • November 1983
  • 4AD
  • BAD 314
  • 14 min, 39 sec

Track listing

  1. Sugar Hiccup (12-inch extended version)
  2. From the Flagstones
  3. Hitherto
  4. Because of Whirl-Jack


  • Vinyl
  • Cassette
  • CD
  • Digital


Release notes

  • Written by Cocteau Twins.
  • Produced by Cocteau Twins and John Fryer except tracks 1 and 3 produced by Cocteau Twins.
  • Recorded and mixed at Palladium Studios, Edinburgh.
  • Sleeve design by 23 Envelope.

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  • Reach #86 on the UK national music charts, and #2 on the independent charts.
  • Sunburst and Snowblind was included with Head Over Heels on CADC 313 and CADCD 313.
  • Peel Session recordings were made for “Sugar Hiccup,” “From the Flagstones” and “Hitherto,” and are available on BBC Sessions.
  • Re-released in 1991 as part of the EPs and Singles Box Set.
  • The tracks “From the Flagstones” and “Hitherto” appear on the 1985 compilation The Pink Opaque.
  • A remastered version of “Sugar Hiccup” appears on the 2000 collection Stars and Topsoil.
  • Digitally remastered and re-released in 2005 as part of Lullabies to Violaine.
  • “Sugar Hiccup,” “From the Flagstones,” and “Hitherto” have appeared in live performances.

Listen and buy online


  • "Sugar Hiccup," (mimed) live on Spanish TV
  • "From the Flagstones," live on "The Tube," 1984
  • "Hitherto," live on BBC "Saturday Night Live," 1983


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