Elizabeth Fraser is 47 today; see 1985 TV report on ‘Cocteau Twins fever’

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Reclusive Elizabeth Fraser — the incomparable voice of the Cocteau Twins — turns 47 today, and to mark the occasion, we present what has to be one of the odder moments in the dreampop group’s history: a pair of TV news reports from WBNS in Columbus, Ohio, about the “Cocteau Fever” surrounding the band’s Sept. 19, 1985, concert there — just one of five stops on its U.S. tour that year. It’s hard to believe that a fairly obscure British band’s decision to play central Ohio merited not just an advance feature, but live coverage the night of the concert — or, rather, the “rock happening,” as the anchor calls it before throwing to a live correspondent, who announces, “Cocteau fever has hit — and guess who has it?” The answer? Apparently a bunch of weirdos with funny haircuts.

from: http://www.slicingupeyeballs.com/2010/08/29/elizabeth-fraser-birthday-63-cocteau-twins/
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The upsetting part of that is that the guy was obviously falsely charged with speeding - the cop just wanted to target the "weirdo" and give him a £75 ticket just because he could!

I like the fact they overestimated the Cocteaus' popularity in the UK - they were only ruling the indie charts. If only the mainstream had cottoned onto them back then, if only....
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