An Introduction

I first became interested in 4AD, a UK independent record label founded in 1980, towards the end of the '80's. I was falling in love with the music of Dead Can Dance, Clan of Xymox, Pixies, Bauhaus and The Birthday Party and was surprised when the 4AD label sampler "Lonely Is An Eyesore" came out in 1987 that all these bands were from the same label.

After visiting a Pre-Raphaelite exhibition of some American's collection of art, I came to thinking of all this musical art that 4AD have released that may one day drift into obscurity unless someone shows it as art. So now I'm on a crusade, to collect the first ten years of 4AD's releases and exhibit the collection on 4AD's 50th anniversary in 2030. This is a big task which will have some interesting twists and turns along the way.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Cocteau Twins - Iceblink Luck Promo CD Competition

This weeks triumph is getting the second part of the two format Cocteau Twin’s US Promo called I Wear Your Ring. This was released in the US on Capitol  in 1990 and came as a 12” single and a CD single. The CD single I acquired recently finishing of the duo.

This isn’t incredibly rare. I have seen both of them a number of times on various online markets. The reason I have waited this long to acquire both is that most of the time they are way over priced. The fact that both of these come up regularly, shows that there isn’t a shortage. It would seem that if you stick the word PROMO on a release, it’s suddenly worth a lot more. Some promo’s have more copies distributed than the actual release it’s promoting. So a promo is not a hard and fast rule to rarity. Yet another example of the market dictating to the buying public.

So maybe I put my money where my mouth is. So I will. I’m going to give away yet another single to some lucky person. guessed it, I did it again...DOH! I’ve bought the same thing twice. Actually this time it wasn’t a typically idiotic absent mindedness, this time I have an excuse. I happened across a set of four promo CDs in a single sale, from which only one of them I already had and, of course, included in this bundle was I Wear Your Ring and Iceblink Luck.

The other two gems in this bundle were Carolyn’s Fingers, a US Promo CD from 1988 and yet another Heaven Or Las Vegas Promo (There are 5 of them at least) from the US on CD. This package of four, was bought for less than some of the standard singles being sold.

Ok, so if you want the chance to win a free Cocteau Twins Promotional CD single, free postage included, then answer a very simple question


Which Cocteau Twins release is the only promotional release by Cocteau Twins on 4AD to have it’s own dedicated standard 4AD catalogue number?


If you send your answer to my email address which is jonnyhalfhead followed by at, or even find me on Facebook, Jonny Halfhead, become a friend and send me the answer in a message, the winner will be picked at random. (I’ll get my lovely assistant, aka wife, to randomly pick the winner). Get your answers in by Saturday 11th February 2012 and the winner will be chosen during that weekend.

Thanks as always for reading and good luck

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