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In the recording studio with the Cocteau Twins

Oomingmak

A recording studio, filled with computers and keyboards. The Cocteau Twins are gathered by the mixing desk, working on their (as yet unreleased) best-of album...

ROBIN: Right, I think we’ve easily got an album’s worth there.

SIMON: (Shrugs)

ROBIN: We should do some final mixes. Which one first?

ELIZABETH: Fotzepolitic, I think.

ROBIN:

SIMON:

ELIZABETH: You know, it goes “See-en soo-bon sme bachtooyoo” in the chorus.

ROBIN: Ah, right. That one. Me and Simon call it “Jangle 3”.

ELIZABETH (Annoyed): Fine. That’s one track. What else?

SIMON: I -

ROBIN: How about that floaty hippy one?

SIMON:

ELIZABETH:

ROBIN: You know, it’s all sort of dreamy. Bit slow. Jangly.

SIMON: Is it -

ELIZABETH: Is it Oomingmak?

ROBIN:

SIMON:

ELIZABETH: You know, off Victorialand?

ROBIN: Nah, not that floaty.

ELIZABETH: From The Flagstones?

ROBIN:

SIMON:

ELIZABETH: Come on, From The bloody Flagstones? It goes “Sumtymes eye seeeioo ahhn tho flaaahagstohnes”. Bloody obvious, that one.

ROBIN: No, not that one. It’s the one where the chorus bit goes “Ooh la la”.

SIMON:

ELIZABETH:

ROBIN: You know. “Ooh la la”.

ELIZABETH:

SIMON:

ELIZABETH: Oh, hang on – you mean Calfskin Smack?

ROBIN: Dunno. Do I?

ELIZABETH: It goes “Ooooooooooh lalalalala, ooooooooooooh lalalalala”

ROBIN (Beaming): Yeah that’s it.

ELIZABETH: OK, so we’ll do that second. Shall we plan a third one while we’re at it?

SIMON: Well -

ROBIN: Yeah why not.

ELIZABETH: Any suggestions?

ROBIN: What do you think, Simon? Jangly 12? Jangly-Poppy 4?

SIMON: Jang -

ROBIN: I quite like the idea of doing Jangly Atmospheric 8 myself.

ELIZABETH:

ROBIN: It’s the one where the drums come in towards the end.

ELIZABETH:

ROBIN: You sing it, Si.

SIMON: It goes -

ELIZABETH: Oh wait, is it Blue Bell Knoll?

ROBIN (Shrugging): Not sure.

ELIZABETH: The one that starts with some jangly sounds, and me going: “Issss ish nacch no-long no-lorrrr, for-borrrr, ah-laah naowt, ah-laahsu-uuung nah boloh bo.”

ROBIN: Wavey sounds in the background? Drums at the end?

ELIZABETH: Yeah.

ROBIN: That’s Blue Bell Knoll?

ELIZABETH: Yeah.

ROBIN: Oh. Right. Cool.

SIMON:

(23rd January 2007)