Cocteau Twins – “Garlands” LP
The debut of 1982 by the Falkirk post-punk trio that dominated the landscape of the UK’s indie/alternative music scene of the 1980s. Gothic dream pop, influenced by Joy Division, Kate Bush and Siouxsie and the Banshees; spaced-out swirls of effects-ladden guitar weave around the drum-machine propelled basslines – the perfect carriage for the spellbinding soprano of Liz Fraser, owner of the best voice in the whole history of rock-pop music.
Backcombed, or crimped, 1980s student union gigs with lots of it. Hairspray and dry ice. Smell.