I Did All My Best To Smile

The most famous cover version of Tim Buckley’s Song To The Siren (and there are many) was by This Mortal Coil, a 4AD band. Described on wiki as a ‘gothic dream pop supergroup’ This Mortal Coil were label boss Ivo Watts-Russell and John Fryer, with a rotating cast of 4AD musicians including The Cocteau Twins Liz Fraser and Robin Guthrie. Song To the Siren was just Guthrie and Fraser. It was a massive independent hit in 80s Britain and deservedly so. It’s a ghostly, spectral, ‘gothic dream pop’ cover version that surely even people that don’t like The Cocteau Twins must be impressed by.

6 Responses

  1. there's something in her ickle twee voice that makes me violent.

  2. It's one of my favourite ever things!

  3. this song causes violent mood swings in me for no apparent reason, someties I find it quite pleasant and at othet times think that it the most annoying thing I've ever heard.Always loved the cover not sure why on that either!

  4. The record cover's lovely.

  5. How about James Yorkston's version? Really quite good.

  6. Not heard James Yorkston's version, I'll check it out.

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