Of all the bands to come out of the early 1980's—the decade of MTV and the music video—the Cocteau Twins are among the few who chose not to exploit the medium to their commercial advantage. It came down to a simple desire to either do something unique with video or nothing at all.
From 1988 (with the advent of a major label recording contract with Capitol), fans could expect one or two—often visually rich—videos with each album release. Unfortunately, the major music video networks had little interest in putting them in heavy rotation, so many people have never seen one. Here we offer the opportunity to see them all—including their earliest (and one of the band's least favorite), "Pearly-Dewdrops' Drops," filmed in 1984—as well as a few bonuses.
These files are all available in QuickTime format. Simply click on the video title to watch. (Videos play in a pop-up window. If you have a pop-up blocker on, please disable it for this site.)
You can also check out a variety of videos—including live peformances—at YouTube.com.
* These videos are taken from the 10-minute film "Rilkean Dreams" created and produced by Tomato. These include acoustic versions of "Rilkean Heart" and "Half-Gifts," as featured in the 1995 EP Twinlights, plus bonus footage and music. "Interlude" is the segment that appears between the two main videos in the long format version, with a short a capella vocal by Liz.
** These videos were filmed in 1996 during a performance in Seattle, Washington. This version of "Wax and Wane" being performed is a live remix by Mark Clifford, and this version of "Blue Bell Knoll" features an improvised, extended guitar solo at the end. Video courtesy of Ted Grudowski.