The Sugarcubes

The Sugarcubes

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The Sugarcubes were the biggest group ever to emerge from Iceland, which helps explain their off-kilter sense of melody. Their 1988 debut Life's Too Good attracted terrific reviews and became a college radio hit, but they never were able to recapture that sense of excitement.

According to group legend, the Sugarcubes formed on June 8, 1986, the day that vocalist Björk gave birth to her son. Prior to that day, the members of the group had been a variety of Icelandic bands. Björk had the longest career out of any of the members. By 1984, Björk, Einar Örn Benediktsson and Siggi Baldursson had joined forces, forming Kukl with keyboardist Einar Melax. KUKL — which means witchcraft in Icelandic — was an noisy, artsy post-punk band that released 2 albums on the independent British record label Crass. In 1986, KUKL evolved into the Sugarcubes, adding Björk's then-husband Thor Eldon on guitar and Bragi Ólafsson on bass.

In late 1987, the band signed to One Little Indian in the U.K., Elektra Records in the U.S. The Sugarcubes released their debut album Life's Too Good in 1988 to critical acclaim in both the U.K. and the U.S. Birthday, the first single from the album, became an indie hit in Britain and a college radio hit in America. In particular, Björk received a heap of praise, which began tensions between her and Einar Örn.

Here Today, Tomorrow, Next Week!, the Sugarcubes' second album, was released in 1989. The album featured a greater vocal contribution by Einar, which was criticized in many of the record's reviews, which were noticably weaker than those for Life's Too Good. After the release of Here Today, Tomorrow, Next Week!, the band embarked on a lengthy international tour. At the conclusion of the tour in late 1990, the band members pursued their own individual interests.

Stick Around for Joy, the band's third album, was released in 1992. Before the record appeared, a collection of remixes called It's It was released in Europe. Stick Around for Joy received better reviews than Life's Too Good, but the album failed to yield a hit single. Following its release, the Sugarcubes disbanded. In 1993, Björk launched a critically acclaimed and commercially successful solo career that was based in dance music.
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The Sugarcubes Discography Tracks

Albums

The Sugarcubes Life's Too Good (Album) One Little Indian Belgium 1988 Sell This Version
The Sugarcubes Here Today, Tomorrow Next Week! (Album) One Little Indian Canada 1989 Sell This Version
The Sugarcubes It's-It (Album) One Little Indian UK 1992 Sell This Version
The Sugarcubes Stick Around For Joy (Album) One Little Indian Germany 1991 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

3/86 Sykurmolarnir* Einn Mol'á Mann(7") Smekkleysa 3/86 Iceland 1986 Sell This Version
Johnny Triumph & Sykurmolarnir* Johnny Triumph & Sykurmolarnir* - Luftgitar Smekkleysa Iceland 1987 Sell This Version
The Sugarcubes Birthday (Single) One Little Indian UK 1987 Sell This Version
GRAMM 31 Bubbi* & MX-21 / Sykurmolarnir* Bubbi* & MX-21 / Sykurmolarnir* - Skytturnar(12", EP) Gramm GRAMM 31 Iceland 1987 Sell This Version
The Sugarcubes Deus (Single, Maxi) One Little Indian UK 1988 Sell This Version
Sugarcubes* Coldsweat (Single, EP) One Little Indian US 1988 Sell This Version
The Sugarcubes Motorcrash (Maxi, Single) Elektra US 1988 Sell This Version
Sugarcubes* Regina (Single, Maxi) One Little Indian US 1989 Sell This Version
PROMO 4 CD The Sugarcubes Tidal Wave(CD, Mini, Promo) Rough Trade PROMO 4 CD Germany 1989 Sell This Version
The Sugarcubes Planet (Single) One Little Indian UK 1989 Sell This Version
6WP.2010, PROMO 10 Depeche Mode / The Sugarcubes Depeche Mode / The Sugarcubes - Personal Jesus / Regina(12", Promo, Smplr) WEA, WEA 6WP.2010, PROMO 10 Brazil 1990 Sell This Version
The Sugarcubes Hit (Single) One Little Indian Italy 1991 Sell This Version
TPLP040 POP The Sugarcubes Leash Called Love / Hit (Those Absurd Large Tony Humphries Mixes)(12") One Little Indian TPLP040 POP UK 1991 Sell This Version
The Sugarcubes Vitamin (Single, EP) One Little Indian US 1992 Sell This Version
The Sugarcubes Birthday Remix EP (EP, Single) One Little Indian US 1992 Sell This Version
The Sugarcubes Walkabout (Single) One Little Indian UK 1991 Sell This Version
The Sugarcubes Leash Called Love Elektra US 1992 Sell This Version

Compilations

The Sugarcubes 7•8 (Single, Comp) One Little Indian UK 1989 Sell This Version
The Sugarcubes CD•6 (Single, Comp) One Little Indian UK 1989 Sell This Version
TP BOX 1 The Sugarcubes 12•11(Box, Comp + 12", Single, RE + 12", Single, RE + 12) One Little Indian TP BOX 1 UK 1989 Sell This Version
The Sugarcubes The Great Crossover Potential (Comp) One Little Indian Canada 1998 Sell This Version