Anglo For Your Ear: This Mortal Coil’s “Song to the Siren”

Has this song been featured on more film soundtracks than any other? Seems that way. Picture it: the protagonist is journeying through the desert, pained yet determined after a long-fought battle, haze rising in the distance. Cue “Song to the Siren” with its prayer-like, vaguely Middle Eastern feel. The vocalist is none other than Elizabeth Fraser, lead singer of Cocteau Twins, and the song itself is a Tim Buckley cover. This version, performed by a selection of artists on the 4AD record label under the name This Mortal Coil, was released in 1984, and its popularity has steadily grown ever since.

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Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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