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Nov 11

Cocteau Twins: “Cherry-Coloured Funk”

Heaven or Las Vegas

Ghostly images for a haunting song.

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Final day in Vegas, and I only have a few minutes to post today before we have to check out, but suffice it to say that I didn’t win big. Ah well…so it goes. And of course a very obvious choice of song would be Sheryl Crow’s “Leaving Las Vegas,” but even though I like the song and like a lot of Crow’s music, I thought I would go for a much more tangential connection to Vegas, something you never would have seen coming.

That’s right, it’s the Cocteau Twins, hardly a band you could imagine playing Caesar’s Palace. But the Vegas connection I’m working in this case is that “Cherry-Coloured Funk” is from their great 1990 album, Heaven or Las Vegas. As usual, who knows what the enigmatic Liz Fraser is singing about, but she sure does make it sound beautiful. The song is haunting — probably one of the most overused adjectives to describe Cocteau Twins’ music, but it certainly applies — the majestic tempo and guitar wash behind Fraser lifts it to a higher plane. Maybe one that’s leaving Las Vegas, even…

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