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 in 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 a noisy, artsy, post-punk band that released two 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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Albums

CDLIB5152 The Sugarcubes - Life's Too Good album art The Sugarcubes Life's Too Good (Album) One Little Indian CDLIB5152 Australia 1988 Sell This Version
GA-40353 The Sugarcubes - Here Today, Tomorrow Next Week! album art The Sugarcubes Here Today, Tomorrow Next Week! (Album) One Little Indian GA-40353 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
TPLP40C The Sugarcubes - It's-It album art The Sugarcubes It's-It (Album) One Little Indian TPLP40C UK 1992 Sell This Version
RTD 130.1254.2 The Sugarcubes - Stick Around For Joy album art The Sugarcubes Stick Around For Joy (Album, Single) One Little Indian RTD 130.1254.2 Germany 1991 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

3/86 The Sugarcubes - Einn Mol'á Mann album art Sykurmolarnir* Einn Mol'á Mann(7") Smekkleysa 3/86 Iceland 1986 Sell This Version
007 The Sugarcubes - Luftgitar album art Johnny Triumph & Sykurmolarnir* Johnny Triumph & Sykurmolarnir* - Luftgitar Smekkleysa 007 Iceland 1987 Sell This Version
12 tp 7 The Sugarcubes - Birthday album art The Sugarcubes Birthday (Single) One Little Indian 12 tp 7 UK 1987 Sell This Version
GRAMM 31 The Sugarcubes - Skytturnar album art Bubbi* & MX-21 / Sykurmolarnir* Bubbi* & MX-21 / Sykurmolarnir* - Skytturnar(12", EP) Gramm GRAMM 31 Iceland 1987 Sell This Version
12TP10 The Sugarcubes - Deus album art The Sugarcubes Deus (Single, Maxi) One Little Indian 12TP10 UK 1988 Sell This Version
7-69355 The Sugarcubes - Motorcrash album art The Sugarcubes Motorcrash (Maxi, Single) Elektra 7-69355 US 1988 Sell This Version
7-69377 The Sugarcubes - Coldsweat album art The Sugarcubes Coldsweat (Single, EP, Maxi) One Little Indian 7-69377 US 1988 Sell This Version
none The Sugarcubes - Regina album art Sugarcubes* Regina (Single, Maxi) One Little Indian none US 1989 Sell This Version
PROMO 4 CD The Sugarcubes - Tidal Wave album art The Sugarcubes Tidal Wave(CD, Mini, Promo) Rough Trade PROMO 4 CD Germany 1989 Sell This Version
32TP12 The Sugarcubes - Planet album art The Sugarcubes Planet (Single) One Little Indian 32TP12 UK 1989 Sell This Version
6WP.2010, PROMO 10 The Sugarcubes - Personal Jesus / Regina album art 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
TPX 62 The Sugarcubes - Hit album art The Sugarcubes Hit (Single) One Little Indian TPX 62 Italy 1991 Sell This Version
TPLP040 POP The Sugarcubes - Leash Called Love / Hit (Those Absurd Large Tony Humphries Mixes) album art The Sugarcubes Leash Called Love / Hit (Those Absurd Large Tony Humphries Mixes)(12", Promo) One Little Indian TPLP040 POP UK 1991 Sell This Version
ED 5627 The Sugarcubes - Leash Called Love album art The Sugarcubes Leash Called Love Elektra ED 5627 US 1992 Sell This Version
66413-2 The Sugarcubes - Vitamin album art The Sugarcubes Vitamin (Single, EP) One Little Indian 66413-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
72 TP 12 The Sugarcubes - Walkabout album art The Sugarcubes Walkabout (Single) One Little Indian 72 TP 12 UK 1991 Sell This Version
66366-2 The Sugarcubes - Birthday Remix EP album art The Sugarcubes Birthday Remix EP (EP, Single) One Little Indian 66366-2 US 1992 Sell This Version

Compilations

TP BOX 3 The Sugarcubes - CD•6 album art The Sugarcubes CD•6 (Single, Comp) One Little Indian TP BOX 3 UK 1989 Sell This Version
TP BOX 2 The Sugarcubes - 7•8 album art The Sugarcubes 7•8 (Single, Comp) One Little Indian TP BOX 2 UK 1989 Sell This Version
TP BOX 1 The Sugarcubes - 12•11 album art The Sugarcubes 12•11(Box, Comp + 12", Single, RE + 12", Single, RE + 12) One Little Indian TP BOX 1 UK 1989 Sell This Version
CD 62102 The Sugarcubes - The Great Crossover Potential album art The Sugarcubes The Great Crossover Potential (Comp) One Little Indian CD 62102 Canada 1998 Sell This Version