Tragically, there is a dearth of live Cocteau Twins footage only – certainly no complete shows from Rockpalast or the BBC archives – so while it’s grainy and the audio is not fantastic, this 20-minute clip taken from a Swedish television broadcast of a mini-gig at a small tavern called Lord Nelson in Örebro, Sweden from October 25, 1984 still feels like a gift.
It dates to just before their third album Treasure was released, making The Spangle Maker EP which came out that Spring their latest record, and accordingly they played all three songs from it and a couple more songs that wouldn’t be properly released for a few more years and even then, remain relatively deep cuts.
Dangerous Minds did as much legwork as can be done about the show back in 2016, which isn’t a lot:
On that mini-tour of Scandinavia, Cocteau Twins would play Stockholm, Helsinki, and Oslo later the same week. Those places would all get full concerts, but for some reason their fans in Örebro were treated to a tidy 20-minute set of only five songs. In addition to all three songs from The Spangle Maker, the band also plays “Rococo,” the last track off of “Aikea-Guinea,” and “Millimillenary,” which appeared on a compilation 4AD put out in 1986 called The Pink Opaque, which, as it happened, featured all three Spangle Maker tracks as well.Cocteau Twins Play Their Entire Spangle Maker EP Live in Sweden, 1984 @ Dangerous Minds