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ACOUSTIC SOUP:  Folk act formed in 1985 by Charlie Hay (vocals/guitar, ex-Deft Jerks), Jock Hunter (accordian) and ex-White Dwarf member Angus Sparrow (banjo/mandolin). Hay went on to form Bottle, whilst Jock may or may not be a member of Box 'O' Bananas.

A DEATH IN THE FAMILY:  A Death In The Family were a Graeme High School band formed by a name change in late 1986 from Agatha & Cleo's Exploding Plastic Ynevitable. They were Derek Brown (vocals/guitar), Sandy Mitchell (drums) & Greg Robertson (keyboards), and played one date at school before changing their name to Kallisti. The name change was probably brought on by singer Brown having to tell the band's new name to Gill Porter the day after her Grandmother had died!

AD FINEM:  Denny/Bonnybridge act formed in 1986, featuring David Bennie (vocals/guitar), Ewan Cameron (guitar) & Ronnie Horner (drums). The band played locally throughout late 1986 and early 1987. In 1987 Bennie formed These Consuming Passions, whilst Horner turned up in Monitor Lizard a couple of years later.

AFTER THE WAVES:  Denny punks fronted by Johnny Gordon (ex-Starfleet Command).
AGATHA & CLEO'S EXPLODING PLASTIC YNEVITABLE:  Agatha & Cleo's Exploding Plastic Ynevitable were a Graeme High School based band featuring Derek Brown (vocals/guitar) and Greg Robertson (keyboards), who played only one date (The Grangemouth Rock Festival at The Leapark Hotel in August 1986), before changing their name to A Death In The Family, and then later Kallisti. By this date they had been joined by ex-Orion drummer Sandy Mitchell. The name was taken from Andy Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable, which was then added to so that the initials were ACEPY (Ace PI!). As both members were Maths type students, this is probably a Maths joke that the rest of us don't get. Greg Robertson had previously played in Prog Rock act Helm's Deep, before seeing the light when he discovered The Velvet Underground.

The ALABAMA TRIO:  In 1987 Ian Murray left the top Falkirk indie act Two Helens just after the release of their debut single to set up The Alabama Trio, a rockabilly act! This change in direction was more in keeping with his own musical tastes, however it was a shock to the local music scene at the time. He recruited double bass player Paul "Tali" Patale (well known in the rockabilly scene, ex-Shakin' Muleskinners) & Eddie Menczyskwoski (drums, ex-Spank!). The band played gigs in the local area, as well as supporting Two Helens and This Scarlet Train on a number of occasions.  There were several changes of drummer until the band settled with Big Willie C. However, Willie was later injured in a motorbike accident, and Tali & Ian continued to write their own material and play as a duo until Alan Huntley from Bridge of Allen joined as drummer. In 1997 they changed their name to The Screaming Demons, developing a heavier Rockabilly sound.

ALL THIS & HEAVEN TOO:  Falkirk based band who first emerged in 1986, playing a gig at Coasters Arena during a roller skating session. At that time the line-up was Andrew Brooks (drums), David Donald (guitar), Graeme Ferguson (bass) & Punit Khunara (vocals/keyboards). Khunara left in November 1986, and the band set about recruiting ex-Chance keyboard player Lindsay Greig, and ex-Spank! saxophonist Robert Henderson. With the new line-up they started playing throughout central Scotland between 1987 and 1988, before disappearing after Brooks left in September 1988. Greig later joined Frank's Wild Years, whilst Henderson turned up in The Smokehouse Blues Band. Brooks was also the owner of Falkirk clothes store, Bertie Brooks.

ALTO CIRRUS:  Dunfermline based folk punk act who featured Grangemouth born vocalist/guitarist Steve Drysdale, an ex-member of One Over The Eight. Stevie joined Phil Cheyne (bass), Cowfreak (drums), Kate Hill (violin) & Mike Wilson (guitar) in late 1989, all of whom had played in a previous version of the band. Alto Cirrus played regularly around Scotland during this time, especially on Highland tours, and released a self-financed single in 1990, entitled "Badge Of Poverty". After this the band split.
RELEASES:
"Badge Of Poverty/The Cowboy Song" (7 inch single, 1990).

...AND JANE:  Were a short lived four piece formed in July 1987 by Shirley Boslem (vocals), Eddie McKenzie (bass) & Willie Moffat (guitar), all of whom had played together in Outlaw Tribe, and ex-Bosch drummer, Alan Martin. The departure of vocalist Boslem to London (to enroll at St Martin's College Of Art) led to them cancelling their appearance at the Grangemouth Rock Festival in August. A second line-up was put together quickly, with McKenzie taking over vocal duties and ex-Crystal Religion member Jason "Cheggy" Taylor playing bass, to support The Influx (whose demo tape had been produced by McKenzie) on an Autumn Scottish tour, however only one date actually happened (in Alloa!). By the end of the year, McKenzie had decided to set up his own band, Shotgun Religion, whilst Taylor returned to his main act, The Happymen. Martin joined The Gangsters the following year. Moffat runs Moffat & Co in Bonnybridge, who make industrial sinks and the likes.

ANOTHER PROMISE:  Were a Denny based band who existed in 1986.

A ROSE FOR EMILY:  Formed in 1989 by ex-These Consuming Passions members David Bennie (vocals/guitar) & Michael Ryan (keyboards), adding brother Charles Bennie (drums) & Joseph Murphy (bass). The band played regularly into 1990, and in November replaced bass player Murphy with another ex-Consuming Passion John McKenna. The band supported Hazel O'Connor on a Scottish tour in 1991, then Murphy left later that year to be replaced by Warren Mann (bass). This allowed the band to continue playing live until 1993, when they split in April. Mann then joined Cage, and Bennie later played some solo dates in 1997. The band appear to have played at "The Event In The Tent" in Grangemouth in 1997, but that may have been a one-off date. Charles Bennie later joined his brother in Giveway.

ATHENS:  Were a Grangemouth based rock band formed by ex-White Dwarf bass player Bruce Tait in 1987. Fellow Grangemouth citizan Davie Hall (drums) along with Edinburgh musicians David Bateman (guitar) & Alan McGregor (vocals) made up the band, which split soon after, with Tait going on to form The Smokehouse Blues Band. He was re-united with Bateman in The Juke Joint Boogie Blues Band in 1998.

BAD BLOOD:  Were a Grangemouth band from 1985 who featured ex-Prymal Urge guitarist Derek McNair. They split when McNair moved to London, however he later played in The Rocks.

The BAINBRIDGE SILENCERS:  Formed by Stuart Brown (vocals), Dougie Cameron (guitar), Ramsay Hunter (bass) & Stephen Murphey (drums/vocals) in 1985, initially as The Plague. They changed their name towards the end of 1985 to The Bainbridge Silencers, however the "Bainbridge" part was then dropped in 1986 due to an objection from the company, and they became known as The Silencers.

The BED IN THE SEA:  Falkirk based indie band formed in 1988 by Graeme Bryson (bass, ex-Fear Of Sex), Greg Corbett (vocals / guitar, ex-solo), Stephen Murphey (drums, who was also playing with The Godsend) & Ronnie Young (guitar). The band played locally throughout 1988 and 1989 before splitting at the end of the year, with Murphey going on to join Filigree Son, and Young turning up in Bay.

The BIG HEART:  Formed in late-1987 by ex-members of Funhouse, Stephen Myles (guitar), Alex Paterson (vocals) & Alan Stewart (bass). Recruiting ex-Gangsters drummer Alan Martin, they managed one date, at the Grangemouth Rock Festival in August 1988. Myles, Paterson & Stewart then formed Roseland.

The BIG TREES:  Formed by Kevin Deans (bass, ex-Happymen) & Gordon McCulloch (guitar, ex-Innocent Thieves) in 1989. After some rehearsals they recruited Deans girlfriend, Carol Allardyce to sing, and played a limited amount of gigs. Deans later joined Stacatto Hat.

BLACKOUT:  Local act formed as Phorax, who changed their name to Blackout in 1980 by Sandy Black (vocals), Dougie Herd (guitar), Chris Maitland (bass), Toni Tkocz (guitar) & Ian Wallace (drums). Constant gigging allowed them to build up a local following before Maitland & Tkocz left to form Passim. Bass player Donald Bowie joined briefly before leaving himself to join Mother's Ruin, and later that year they returned to full strength with the recruitement of Alan Burns (bass) & the legendary Shad (keyboards, ex-Dirty Duck). This line-up continued until 1986, releasing a single, "Is There Anything?" in 1984, which they sold from an ice cream van. During this time the members also moonlighted in other groups, with Black in Brahn Seer, Burns & Wallace in The Breakfast Boyz, Burns & Wallace with Mikifin, Wallace also with Time And A Half and Starfleet Command, and Shad with his own act, Shad & The Pineapples.

Once the band split Burns and Wallace formed the short lived Lesson One, and were later re-united with Herd in The Cotton Train. Black played harmonica with The Smokehouse Blues Band whilst also fronting his own act The Palmers, and Shad joined Ayrshire blues act The Rhymes.
RELEASES:
"Is There Anything?" (7 inch vinyl, 1984)
WEBSITE:
http://www.myspace.com/intheblackout


BLUE RUIN:  Grangemouth band formed in 1987 by ex-Scream members Scott MacKenzie (vocals/guitar), Les Makin (keyboards), Gordon Wood (bass) along with Paul Johnson (drums). The band's 1st gig was at Grants, Grangemouth in January 1988, which led to MacKenzie signing a management deal with local agent John McLennan. Wood was first to leave, unhappy with the direction that the band was taking, and turned up later that year in One Over The Eight. The other three changed their name to Cahn & Cahn in August 1988.

The B-MOVIE ROMEOS:  Larbert based band formed in 1985 by Paul, who later changed their name to The Strange Roberts.

BODY COPY:  Edinburgh based act from 1986 who featured Larbert vocalist Alan Clark and Edinburgh guitarist Tom Connor, both of whom had played in No Idea.

BOO RADLEY:  Were a pop act playing a mixture of original material and cover versions who emerged in early 1988. Initially started as The Fugitive Kind by Craig Anderson (vocals) & John Anderson (drums) (no relation), they recruited Alan Finlay (guitar), George Hall (guitar/keyboards, ex-Economy), Thomas McKenna (bass, ex-Mirror Mirror) & George Ramage (keyboards). The band continued to play live into 1990, when they changed their name to The Bitter Suite upon the emergance of The (more famous) Boo Radleys.

The BOSCH:  Were a reformation of folk-punk act Woodhenge in summer 1986, this time with electric guitars. The line-up of Eric Easton (guitar/vocals), Alan Martin (drums), Sandy Sneddon (vocals/guitar) & Hank (shouting) played one date at the Grangemouth Rock Festival before splitting. Martin then went on to play with ...And Jane, whilst Sneddon & Easton later briefly formed The Moscardini Brothers.

BOXING CLEVER:  Falkirk/Edinburgh pop/rock act formed in 1988 by ex-Breakfast Boyz member Justin Skelton (vocals/guitar). He added local drummer Ian Wallace (ex-Nirvana, no not that one!) and Edinburgh musicians Gus Carmichael (keyboards), George Christie (guitar) & Eddie McGlone (bass). The band released one single in 1989, "Toy Soldiers", on the BMG label before splitting. Skelton later ran a rehearsal room, whilst Wallace joined The Cotton Train.
RELEASES:
"Toy Soldiers" (12 inch single, BMG, 1989).

BRAHN SEER:  Grangemouth based folk/prog rock act, formed in 1983 and fronted by ex-solo performer Dave Roxburgh (vocals/guitar), along with Ian Mathers (drums), Jim Moir (guitar) & Dave Smart (bass). Towards the end of that year Blackout frontman Sandy Black helped out, but was replaced soon afterwards by John Bates (ex-Dirty Duck). Continued live work was not hampered by the departure of Smart in 1984, with his replacement Ian Middleton staying with the band until they split in 1985. Mathers later formed The Palmers, Moir joined Shad & The Pineapples, whilst Middleton turned up almost ten years later in The Jazz Prophets. The band featured several ex-members of the Shad T. Rack Band, however we are unsure which ones.

The BREAKFAST BOYZ:  Instantly popular act formed 1984 by Justin Skelton (guitar/vocals, ex-Mikifin), David Hendry (keyboards, ex-Mikifin), Alan Burn (bass, also Blackout) & Ian Wallace (drums, also Blackout). In 1985 Phil Ford (vocals), Ally Gibb (Saxophone, ex-Pastis 51) & John Boone (drums) joined, and stayed with them until they split early in 1986. Burns, Wallace & Hendry then formed Lesson One, whilst Skelton formed Boxing Clever, and Gibb turned up in The Bottleneck Blues Band. Sadly, Phil Ford was to die in 2001.

BROCHEN SPECTRE:  Band formed in late 1987 by ex-members of The Gallery, Alan Smith (vocals/guitar), "Big man" Paterson (bass) & Jim Silcock (drums). Smith later joined The Rabid Dogs.

BROKEN PROMISE:  Broken Promise were formed in 1988 by Paul Elliot (vocals/bass), Andy Phillips (bass), Derek Brown (vocals), David Dowell (drums) & Ross Horne (guitar), and continued to play into 1989, after which they seemed to disappear, with Dowell joining Sacrosanct. The band appeared again in 1992 with Elliot & Horne being joined by Steven Elliott (drums), though the emphasis was very much on cover versions by then. In 1993 Broken Promise contributed two tracks to the One Records compilation album.

CAHN & CAHN:  Grangemouth band formed by ex-Blue Ruin members Paul Johnson (drums), Scott MacKenzie (vocals/guitar) & Les Makin (keyboards) in summer 1988. They brought with them a management contract for MacKenzie with John McLennan (later manager of Utah Saints), and spent a couple of years seemingly on the verge of signing a recording contract. First recruits to the band were Alan Burns (bass, ex-Lesson One) & Cameron Nisbet (guitar, ex-Hearts & Minds). Soon after forming, Johnson was replaced by Kenny McInnes on drums, and subsequently turned up in Stacatto Hat. MacKenzie's girlfriend (and later wife) Sharyn Cook joined on second vocals in October, at around the same time as Nisbet left (later forming Throb), completing the line-up who supported The Big Dish at the end of the year. January 1989 saw Burns & McInnes leave the band, which did not hold them back from recording a summer session for Radio Clyde with members of The Big Dish helping out. Burns joined The Cotton Train later that year, whilst McInnes ended up in Wedgewood Line. Makin later joined Johnson in Stacatto Hat, whilst Cook & MacKenzie formed The Concorde Jams.

CALLUS:  Rock act formed in 1989 by Fraser & Ross.

CAPTAIN TRIPS :  1989 band with Stuart Nelson (vocals/guitar, ex-This Scarlet Train) Paul Fitzsimmons (bass, ex-Out Of The Blue) & Paul Pacetti (drums, ex-Inferiority Complex). Nelson later joined Uncle Jack.

The CARY GRANTS:  Act formed by Chris Kelly, Paul O'Donnell (bass) & Michael O'Donnell in 1986. At the end of the year Paul O'Donnell joined Grangemouth act, The Rainpals.

CATO'S CAT:  Cato's Cat were formed in late 1987 by former Rhubin drummer Derek Kirkwood, along with George Buchan (bass/vocals), Rick Finlay (vocals/guitar) & Mark Twynholm (guitar). In October 1988 Kirkwood left and was replaced by John Ogilvie, allowing the band to continue gigging into 1989. Ogilvie later joined Fool No More. Twynholm, meanwhile turned up again in 2006 in the band Monkey Frog.

CHAINSAW DANCE:  Falkirk band formed in February 1986 by a name change from The Munchy Cousins by Michael Davidson (drums), Eddie McKenzie (bass/vocals) & Willie Moffat (guitar/vocals), with the addition of Alan Benzie (vocals, ex-Doctor Caligari). After only two gigs in one month, Benzie left to join Final Solution, and in April they became Johnny Was.

CHANCE:  Club band formed in late 1986 by Barbara Bradley (vocals), Lindsay Greig (keyboards, ex-Spank!) & George Hall. Upon splitting in 1987 Greig joined All This & Heaven Too, whilst Hall formed Economy.

CHEWY RACOON:  Falkirk based pop act formed in 1984 by Davy Scott (vocals/guitar) who by-passed the local scene and signed directly to Cumbernauld label - Shift. Based around Scott & Kenny Thompson (bass), their debut single was released in 1985, and Scott secured a publishing deal with Virgin. The band then provided the soundtrack to the movie "The Girl In The Picture". A later member Chris Keenan (bass) joined Scott in Hearts  & Minds the following year.
RELEASES:
"Don't Touch Me" (7 inch vinyl, Shift Records, 1985)
WEBSITE:
http://www.pearlfishers.co.uk/

CHILIRYDER:  Band who started in 1999 as Nicotine Junkies, and then changed their name not long after. Their line-up was Kevin Byrne (drums), Scott (vocals), Mick Murphy (bass) & Les Sweeney (guitar). After several dates the band lost their guitarist, and tried to continue with Martin Crossley (ex-Tibor). However, that didn't work out, and they split for good. Byrne then joined The Seventeenth. Crossley later went solo.

The CHTHONIANS:  Unusually named underground experimental outfit formed by Stu in the late 1980's or early 1990's. Stu later worked solo under the name Straiph.
CHURCHFALL LANTERN:  Band from 1985 featuring Grangemouth guitarist John Haggerty (ex-Prymal Urge) along with Andrew Dolland (vocals/keyboards) & Graeme Wilson (bass).

The COCTEAU TWINS:  Grangemouth act formed in 1981 by former Liberators Robin Guthrie and Will Heggie. Guthrie's position as DJ at the International Hotel in Grangemouth allowed him to spot Liz Fraser, who the duo recruited as vocalist. Taking their name from an obscure song by Simple Minds, the Cocteau Twins won a session on John Peel's BBC Radio show, which in turn led to a recording contract with the 4AD label in London.

The Cocteau Twins developed a unique sound, based around Heggie's rythmic bass and Guthrie's swirling guitar. The fact that Fraser's vocals were like another instrument, with deliberatly obscured lyrics sealing their instant reputation as an influential and critically aclaimed act.

The band released their debut album, "Garlands", in 1982, and began playing live dates with the likes of The Birthday Party and Modern English. Later in the year they produced an EP entitled "Lullabies" which once again sent critics into frenzies of ecstacy. This was followed early the following year by another EP, "Peppermint Pig", produced by Alan Rankin of The Associates. The use of an outside producer left the band with a bad taste in their mouths, and they vowed to do it themselves from now on. Subsequent touring led to Heggie leaving the band, with rumours of Guthrie & Frasers romantic relationship being too much for him. He subsequently returned to Grangemouth and joined Dead Neighbours. The duo embarked on a European tour supporting OMD, but left before the end after arguments over the sound.

The next album, "Head Over Heels" was a classic of the 1980's, and feauring fellow Falkirk musician, Ally Gibb (of Pastis 51) on saxophone. Recorded back in Grangemouth, the band soon returned to London, where their neighbours signed a petition to evict them due to the noise. The band responded by playing their first American dates.
1983 also saw them becoming involved with another act, This Mortal Coil, which was the brainchild of 4AD owner Ivo. The duo recorded a version of Tim Buckley's "Song To The Siren" which soon began picking up airplay and almost made it into the top forty.

In late 1983 the band recruited a new bass player, Simon Raymonde, who had previously played in Drowning Craze, and the first fruits were the single "Pearly Dewdrops Drops", which entered the charts in 1984, finally reaching #29. The band, peverse as ever, turned down a slot on "Top Of The Pops". The next project was the third album, "Treasure" in October 1984, which remains one of their most popular releases, although the band claim to hate it. The band then set out on a short world tour early in 1985, making a first visit to Japan where the band were mobbed by thousands of fans at airports and hotels. The crowds thought that Fraser was singing in Japanese!

This was the start of a particularly prolific period for the band, and the follow up EP, "Aikea-Guinea" was released just six months later. Guthrie & Fraser also found time to guest on "The Legendary Wolfgang Press and Other Tall Stories", an album by label mates, The Wolfgang Press. The next two EP's were released soon after, entitled "Tiny Dynamite" & "Echoes In A Shallow Bay", recorded in their own London studio.
The Cocteau Twins signed an international distribution agreement in 1985, and to mark the occasion, and to give Americans some exposure to what the band had previously recorded, 4AD released a compilation album entitled "The Pink Opaque" in November. The album's ten tracks drew from material released from 1982 to 1984, and included songs from "Garlands", "Head Over Heels", "Sunburst and Snowblind", "The Spangle Maker", and "Treasure", as well as the previously unreleased track, "Millimillenary".

In early 1986 the band recorded and released a primarily acoustic album entitled "Victorialand". Raymonde did not appear on the album as he was at work on the second This Mortal Coil LP, "Filigree and Shadow". However, the album did feature Dif Juz member Richard Thomas on saxophone and tablas. Guthrie & Fraser returned the favour by appearing on the Dif Juz album, "Extractions", later that year, on which Guthrie was also engineer and producer. 1986 also saw the band complete a European tour.

The band then started work on a collaborative project with Harold Budd, which was released as the album "The Moon & The Melodies". Keen to avoid this being seen as a Cocteau Twins project, the band members listed their names on the cover.

The band returned to their own name later in 1986 for the single "Love's Easy Tears", after which they took time off to finish building their studio, as well as guesting with bands such as Felt, The Wolfgang Press & AR Kane. This silence was broken with the release of a new album, "Blue Bell Knoll", in October 1988. The album was the first on their new label, Capitol, a move which led to accusations of "selling out". Despite the major label, the band refused to tour or do any promotion, which did not stop the album raching number 14 in the UK. In place of any promotion the band returned to their private lives, with Raymonde getting married and having a son, and Fraser & Guthrie having a baby girl, Lucy Belle, in September 1989.
The band leased studio space in Twickenham and christened their new home "September Sound" in honor of the month in which their children were born. Guthrie found himself in demand as a producer, working with such bands as Lush, Chapterhouse, The Veldt and Shellyan Orphan, and Fraser made a guest vocal appearance on the song "Candleland" by ex-Echo and the Bunnymen singer Ian McCulloch.

Afterwards the band set about recording what was to become their most successful album, "Heaven Or Las Vegas", which was preceeded by a single, "Iceblink Luck" in August 1990. Fraser's vocals were recorded while she held her baby in her arms, and the songs were more coherant and commercial than previously. The band then set out on their most extensive and elaborate tour to date, including their first headline US tour. For the tour two new guitarists were brought in: Mitsuo Tate and Ben Blakeman, allowing the band to reproduce the layered studio sound. As the tour ended in Las Vegas the band were released from their contract with 4AD. Inside the band things hit rock bottom, with Guthrie abusing drugs and alcohol, and his and Frasers relationship being increasingly strained.

The next couple of years were quiet for the band, with only an uncharacteristic version of "Frosty The Snowman" finding it's way onto a Capitol Records christmas compilation album. Part of the hiatus in proceedings was Guthrie's recovery from drink and drug addiction, which was to inform the content and sound of the next album, "Four Calendar Cafe". This album saw a change in the band's sound, with the emphasis more on songs, and Fraser's lyrics clear. The band had also signed a new record deal in the UK with Fontana (whilst Capitol continued to release them in the USA). In Autumn 1993 the band began a world tour to support the album, with addition musicians Benny DiMassa (drums) & David Palfreeman (percussion). When the tour ended in 1994 Guthrie and Fraser split, with Fraser having a nervous breakdown.

The following year saw the band working with other acts again, notably Medicine on the soundtrack to "The Crow", and Fraser on The Future Sound Of London's single "Lifeforms" and Fuel's "Timeless" EP. Moose and The Bathers also benefited from her vocals. Guthrie meanwhile appeared on the second Veldt album, "Afrodisiac".

In spring 1995 the band returned with two EP's, "Twinlights" & "Otherness". During this time Fraser had met and fallen in love with the doomed Jeff Buckley, and the end of that relationship informed the content of the two EP's.

The following year saw the band's last proper album being released, "Milk & Kisses". The album was written in a rented house in Brittany (home of Guthrie's new wife, Florence), and was recorded by the band in the same room at the same time for once. A number of television and live radio performances in the UK were followed by an extensive European and North American tour in late spring and early summer.

The Cocteaus had established their own independent record label, Bella Union, while continuing to work as a group and run September Sound as a commercial recording studio. However, while recording, in 1998, what was to have been their last album, the Cocteau Twins finally called it quits. That year saw Fraser being voted 60th best vocalist ever in Mojo magazine.

In 1999, Bella Union, in cooperation with the BBC, released a two-disc set of BBC radio session recordings, compiled from the band's numerous live studio appearances from 1982 to 1996. Raymonde released solo recordings under his own name, whilst Guthrie formed a new act, Violet Indiana. Fraser re-located to Bristol with her new partner, Damon Reece (of Spiritualized), where she hooked up with Massive Attack on their "Mezzanine" album and "Teardrop" single. She also sang on an album by Craig Armstrong, as well as lending her voice to songs on the soundtracks to the movies "The Winter Guest" & "In Dreams".
A Cocteau Twins retrospective, "Stars & Topsoil" was released by 4AD in 2000, whilst the following year Fraser gave birth to her second child, Lily.  
Fraser also added vocals to two tracks from the "Lord Of The Rings" trilogy soundtrack in 2001 and 2002. 2006 saw her feature on an unreleased track on the Massive Attack best of album, "Collected", and also appear with the band at the Coachella Festival in California. A reported collaboration with Scott Walker never materialised, however she did tour with Massive Attack on their "Greatest Hits" tour later that year.In 2008 The Cocteau Twins won an "Inspiration" award from Q Magazine, and also ruled out any re-union.
RELEASES:
"Garlands" (vinyl album, 4AD, 1982)
"Lullabies" (12 inch single, 4AD, 1982)
"Peppermint Pig" (7 inch vinyl EP, 4AD, 1983)
"Head Over Heels" (vinyl album, 4AD, 1983, UK charts #51)
"Sunburst & Snowblind" (12 inch single, 4AD, 1983)
"Pearly Dewdrops Drops" (7 inch single, 4AD, 1984, UK charts #29)
"Treasure" (vinyl album, 4AD, 1984, UK charts #29)
"Aikea-Guinea" (7 inch EP, 4AD, 1985, UK charts #41)
"Tiny Dynamite" (12 inch EP, 4AD, 1985, UK charts #52)
"Echoes In A Shallow Bay" (12 inch EP, 4AD, 1985, UK charts #65)
"The Pink Opaque" (vinyl/cassette album, 1985, USA only)
"Victorialand" (vinyl / cassette album, 4AD, 1986, UK charts #10)
"Love's Easy Tears" (7 inch single, 4AD, 1986, UK charts #53)
"Blue Bell Knoll" (vinyl/cassette dat album, 4AD, 1988. UK charts #15)
"Carolyn's Fingers" (7 inch single, 4AD, 1988)
"Iceblink Luck" (7 inch/cassette single, 4AD, 1990, UK charts #38)
"Heaven Or Las Vegas" (vinyl/cassette/CD album, 4AD, 1990, UK charts #7, US charts #99)
"Evangeline" (7 inch/cassette single, Fontana, 1993, UK charts #34)
"Four Calendar Cafe" (vinyl/cassette/CD album, Fontana, 1993, UK charts #13, US charts #78)
"Winter Wonderland" (CD single, Fontana, 1993. UK charts #58)
"Bluebeard" (7 inch/cassette single, Fontana, 1994, UK charts #33)
"Twinlights" (7 inch/CD EP, Fontana, 1995, UK charts #59)
"Otherness" (12 inch/CD EP, Fontana, 1995, UK charts #59)
"Milk & Kisses" (cassette/CD album, Fontana, 1996, UK charts #17, US charts #99)
"Tishbite" (12 inch single, Fontana, 1996, UK charts #34)
"Violaine" (12 inch single, Fontana, 1996, UK charts #56)
"The BBC Sessions" (double CD album, Bella Union, 1999)
"Stars & Topsoil" (CD album, 4AD, 2000)
"Lullabies to Violaine" (CD album, 4AD, 2005)
As Harold Budd, Liz Fraser, Robin Guthrie & Simon Raymonde:
"The Moon & The Melodies" (vinyl/cassette album, 4AD, 1986, UK charts #46)
Guest appearances:
The Wolfgang Press: "The Legendary Wolfgang Press and Other Tall Stories" (vinyl album, 4AD, 1985, featuring Liz Fraser & Robin Guthrie)
Dif Juz: "Extractions" (vinyl album, 4AD, 1986, featuring Liz Fraser, produced by Robin Guthrie)
The Wolfgang Press: "Standing Up Straight" (album, 4AD, 1986, featuring Liz Fraser)
AR Kane: "Lollita" (single, 4AD, 1986, produced by Robin Guthrie)
Harold Budd: "The White Arcades) (album, 1988, produced by Robin Guthrie)
Ian McCulloch, "Candleland" (album, 1989, featuring Liz Fraser)
Lush, "Scar" (e.p., 4AD, 1989, produced by Robin Guthrie)
Chapterhouse, "Whirlpool" (album, 1989, one track produced by Robin Guthrie)
The Future Sound Of London, "Lifeforms" (single, 1994, featuring Liz Fraser)
Fuel, "Timeless" (EP, 1994, featuring Liz Fraser)
The Bathers, "Sunpowder" (CD album, Marina Records, 1994, featuring Liz Fraser)
The Veldt, "Afrodisiac" (album, 1994, featuring Robin Guthrie)
Simon Raymonde, "Blame Someone Else" (album, Bella Union, 1998, featuring Liz Fraser & Robin Guthrie)
Massive Attack, "Mezzanine" (album, 1998, featuring Liz Fraser)
Massive Attack, "Teardrop" (single, 1998, featuring Liz Fraser)
Craig Armstrong, "The Space Between Us" (CD/cassette/minidisc album, Melankolic Records, 1998, featuring Liz Fraser)
Craig Armstrong, "This Love" (CD/cassette single, Melankolic Records, 1998, featuring Liz Fraser)
Massive Attack, "Collected" (CD album, 2006, featuring Liz Fraser)
Mahogany, "Conectivity" (CD album, 2006, featuring Robin Guthrie)
WEBSITE:
http://www.cocteautwins.com

COLENSO PARADE:  Irish band formed in 1984 by Oscar (vocals), Linda Clandinning (keyboards), Jackie Forgie (guitar), Neil Lawson (bass) & Robert Wakeman (drums). After releaseing their debut single on their own Goliath label, the band re-located to London and replaced Forgie with London based, Laurieston born guitarist Terry Bickers. A second single led to a deal with Fire Records, who released their debut album, "Glentorran" in 1986. Bickers then left to join The House Of Love, and the band carried on for one more single before splitting.
RELEASES:
"Down By The Border" (12 inch vinyl single, Goliath Records, 1985)
"Hallelujah Chorus" (12 inch vinyl EP, Fire Records, 1986)
"Glentorran" (vinyl album, Fire Records, 1986).

CONSIDER THE MASS:  Local indie act from 1989 featuring ex-Lampshades & Flowerpots members Neil Campbell (vocals/guitar) & Jock Miller (guitar), alongside Steve Wallace (drums, ex-Ovens) & Brian Walker (bass). The band played live into early 1990 when they changed their name to Tuliptown.

CONSTABLE SAVAGE:  Band formed in 1989 by Willie Green (drums, ex-Purple Bass Plectrum), Kev (bass), Robbie Lesuik (guitar) & Nigel Frayling-Kelly (vocals) in order to play a booked gig. They played all covers, including a version of Rabid Lettuce's "Rip Yer Face Off With A Fridge". After one gig the band split in 1990, with Green going on to form Bouncy Castle. Lesuik joined Tuliptown, and was then re-united with Frayling-Kelly in Big Blue Funky Whale.

The COTTON TRAIN:  Pop act formed in 1989 by ex-Deep Heat musicians Stephen Morris (keyboards) & Donald Nisbet (vocals/guitar), by recruiting Alan Burns (bass, ex-Cahn & Cahn), Douglas Herd (guitar, ex-Blackout) & Ian Wallace (drums, ex-Boxing Clever). The band lasted until 1990, after which Wallace joined Fool No More and Burns joined Wedgewood Line.

CRAZY CHILD:  Rock act from Larbert, formed in 1989.

Greg CORBETT:  Former Doctor Caligari member Greg Corbett (vocals/guitar) set out on a solo career in 1987, sometimes backed by other musicians. He later formed The Bed In The Sea. In 1991 Corbett wrote the music for "Moon Cafe", a show at the Edinburgh Festival.

The CRUISERS:  Edinburgh based act from 1988 that featured Grangemouth drummer David Main.

CRYSTAL HEAD RADIO:  Band who existed around 1985, formed by ex-Four Minutes member Alan Smith (vocals/guitar). When they split he formed The Gallery. The band re-surfaced in 1993, and were included in the Falkirk Herald top ten of that year. Fronted by Robert Stevenson, the band received airplay on BBC Radio Scotland's "Usual Suspects" and "Beat Patrol" in 1994 for their demo "Ariel's Aerial". Later that year they made an appearance at "The Event In The Tent" in Grangemouth. The band continued to play live into 1995.
RELEASES:
"Ariel's Aerial" (cassette single, 1994).

CRYSTAL RELIGION:  Falkirk based act formed at short notice in August 1986 to play at the Grangemouth Rock Festival later that month. The line-up was Kevin Deans (bass/guitar, ex-Southern Comfort, also with The Shock), Martin Hutton (drums), Eddie McKenzie (vocals, also with The Swinging Curtises) & Jason "Cheggy" Taylor (guitar/bass, ex-Southern Comfort). The band managed another couple of dates, including a support to Two Helens, before splitting in October 1986. They were managed by future Press Agent Of The Year Gill Porter. Upon splitting Deans formed Scapegoat Society, McKenzie formed Outlaw Tribe, and Taylor later joined ...And Jane.

DANGER:  Glasgow based rock act from 1989, featuring local rhythm section Peter McBride (bass, ex-Dragonfly) & Alan Wright (drums, ex-Spacecats). In 1991 McBride & Wright formed No Dice.

DARK ENTRIES:  Not sure if Dark Entries really existed (neither is one of their members), but they were Kenny McColl (bass) and Nicholas Weir (piano/maybe vocals), who "piddled around with some goth nonsense". Weir was the only guy at Larbert High who would go to Cure, Cult and Cocteau Twins gigs with McColl. They never played in front of anyone during their brief existance in 1985, before McColl formed The Influx.

DEAD NEIGHBOURS:  Grangemouth based "psychobilly" act, formed in 1982 by Ronnie Buchanan (guitar), Craig Lorenston (vocals) & Grant McDowall (drums) from the remains of The Grim Biscuits, along with ex-Avoided bass player David Steele, who started making roads into success in 1983, supporting The Alarm on their UK tour. After building a strong local following with their theatrical stage shows (fake blood etc.) they released their debut cassette single, "Hell's Own" on Brian Guthrie's Sharko II label in June 1983. The band began to play live around Scotland, and received some record company interest which unfortunatly did not come to anything. In October 1983 the band went out on another national tour with The Alarm, before ending the year with supports to King Kurt and The Damned.

1984 started well, with supports to Spear Of Destiny & X-Mal Deutschland, and the recording of their second album, "Harmony In Hell", which was released in June. By the end of the year they had replaced Steele with ex-Cocteau Twins bass player, Will Heggie. His recruitment led to a cleaner more commercial sound which was witnessed on their next album, "Strangedays, Strangeways" in 1985. Summer 1985 saw new guitarist Stuart Everest (ex-Liberators) replace Buchanan, as the band set off on tour with Johnny Thunders. Soon afterwards they decided that the music had changed enough to merit a new name, Lowlife.
RELEASES:
"Hell's Own" (cassette EP, Sharko II)
"Harmony In Hell" (vinyl album, Sharko II)
"Strangedays, Strangeways" (vinyl album, Sharko II)
"Wild Women Versus Rubber Fish" (vinyl compilation album, Europe only)
WEBSITE:

http://www.permanentsleep.com/

DEEP HEAT:  Falkirk based pop act formed in summer 1988 by ex-Double Vision members Andy Elliott (bass) & Stevie Leishman (drums), along with ex-Easy Money members Stephen Morris (keyboards) & Donald Nisbet (vocals). The band only played one date, at the Grangemouth Rock Festival in August 1988. After the split Morris & Nisbet formed The Cotton Train, whilst Elliott & Leishman joined Esprit D'Accord.

The DIESEL KINGS:  Falkirk folk/rock crossover formed as Shotgun Religion in late 1987 by Ross Cunningham (bass/vocals), Emma Hunter (violin/vocals), Eddie McKenzie (vocals/guitar), David Rourke (drums/vocals). Changing their name to The Diesel Kings in April 1989, the band played extensively throughout that year, building up a strong local following. This was helped by a tape recorded by Cocteau Twins/Prefab Sprout producer Jon Turner at Edinburgh's Palladium Studios in June. With Hunter suffering a serious shoulder complaint, forcing her to give up violin, the band were helped out by ex-Run Riot frontman Chris McCarron (keyboards/guitar) in early 1990. Cunningham left in March, and was briefly replaced by ex-Influx bass player Kenny McColl for a Soup Dragons support, however when the date fell through the band fell apart.  Whilst McColl moved to Hamburg and McCarron formed his own act, Outspoken, McKenzie and Rourke started looking for a new line-up. A brief return by Cunningham later in the year (after which he formed his own act Someone's Daughter) and a brief spell with Glaswegian violinist Julie Boyle in 1991 did not bear any fruit, and the duo relocated to Glasgow.

December 1991 saw them finally recruit a band, with Kenny McColl (bass, and back from Hamburg), Maria Elena Mateo (keyboards/vocals) & Becky Wood (violin/vocals) joining. Six months rehearsal led to a nine track home made cassette album, "Special", in the summer (named after McColl's habit of calling wrong notes "special" notes). The band played some dates at the end of summer, after which McColl moved to London, and then New York, where he worked under the name Subverse and continues as one of the people behind The Tartan Specials. His replacement on bass was former We Free KIngs drummer Greg Drysdale, who helped out until the end of the year. A heavy live schedule was rounded off with a tour as backing musicians for an acoustic version of Goodbye Mr MacKenzie in December 1992.  
Drysdale left at the end of the year, to return to drums with The Cole Porters, and was replaced by Andy Wood, bass player with Glasgow band, Auntie Rose, and future husband of Diesel Kings violinist Brooks. The band played constantly over the next six months with acts like The McClusky Brothers, Travis, The Lost Soul Band, The Humpff Family & The Skoubhie Dubh Orchestra, culminating in a successful London Mean Fiddler date in June 1993.

After this a permanent bass player was found in the shape of ex-Missing Link member Grant Paterson, whilst Andy Wood later joined Zuba. This allowed the band to continue touring for the next year with Martin Stephenson & The Kevin McDermott Orchestra, and again with The Lost Soul Band & The Humpff Family. As well as these supports, and a constant string of headline dates, the band also played constantly with a stripped down acoustic line-up in bars and pubs around the country.

1994 began in the same busy way, playing with The Pearlfishers, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, and Ian Acher (of Snow Patrol), whilst recording sessions and live concerts for Northsound & BBC Radio Scotland. September 1994 saw the band release of debut self-financed single, "Matadors & Scavengers", on their own Seminal Records label, which was promoted with more radio (and TV) work and a string of dates across Scotland (some with The Supernaturals & Thrum). Exposure on Radio 1 (the Steve Wright show!) led to a Europe-wide deal with Polygram offshoot, Music Of Life, and the release of "Purple Rain etc." in 1995.
In May 1995 the band played a final couple of sold out dates on the one night in Glasgow (at King Tuts & Mayfest) before retreating into full time rehearsals over the summer. This was a particularly fruitful time for the band creatively, with over 100 songs written in the next four months, however a shift in musical direction and the need to get out of their contract led to the band changing their name to The Sublimes in October 1995, minus violinist Wood.  
In 2002 Seminal Records released a belated album of Diesel Kings tracks, recorded live in rehearsal.
RELEASES:
"Special" (cassette album, 1992)
"Matadors & Scavengers" (CD EP, Seminal Records, 1994)
"Purple Rain etc" (CD single, Music Of Life, 1995)
"Songs Of The Open Road" (CD album, Seminal Records, 2002)
WEBSITE:
http://www.falkirkmusicscene.co.uk/seminal

The DISTANT LIFE:  Rehearsal act formed in January 1985 by 15 year old Eddie McKenzie (vocals/guitar/ bass/keyboards) & Stephen Smith (vocals/guitar/bass), both ex-members of Venture II. The duo eventually evolved into The Swinging Curtises in August.

DOCTOR CALIGARI:  Indie/goth act formed in 1985 by Alan Benzie (guitar), Greg Corbett (bass, ex-Fear Of Sex) & Paul Murray (vocals). This line-up did not play live, with Benzie later joining Chainsaw Dance and Corbett going solo. A new line-up featuring three Stirling based musicians, including a stammering guitarist called Billy, started playing live in 1987. Upon splitting Billy formed The Sons Of The Shaking Earth, whilst Murray later formed Colors Coral.

DOUBLE VISION:Falkirk guitar act, technically impressive who never managed to build up a decent following despite great local press. Formed in late 1986 by Andy Elliott (bass), Stevie Leishman (drums) & ex-Temptin' Fate member Gordon Murray (vocals/guitar), the band were joined by another Temptin' Fate refugee, Robert Nimmo (guitar) in April 1987. By the end of that summer they had added keyboard player Wilson Drummond. The band contiunued to play live into 1988, until Elliott & Leishman formed Deep Heat that summer.

DRAGONFLY:  Rock act from 1987 formed by Andy Halliday (guitar/vocals). The rest of the band was Pete McBride (bass, ex-Orion), Cameron Nisbet (guitar, ex-Throbbing Nudgers) & Ian Wallace (drums, ex-Lesson One), however they soon fell apart, with Nisbet joining Heart & Minds, McBride forming Danger, Halliday forming Fool No More, & Wallace turning up in Nirvana (no, not that one!).

DREAMSCENE:  Rock act formed by ex-Magician guitarist Thomas Clark, alongside Graham McKenzie (bass), Elliot Winchcolm (drums) & Paul Woods (keyboards), in early 1987. Later in the year Clark, Winchcolm & Woods formed Getting Serious.

 
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