The Sugarcubes – Life’s Too Good’ Vinyl £16.99 – Neon Green LP (Released 14th August)

• Over their six-year career (1986 – 1992) The Sugarcubes gained international renown for the unique sound they cultivated, garnering fans such as luminary John Peel (indeed, it was said DJ whose show’s listeners voted ‘Birthday’ their Single Of The Year in 1987), achieving unprecedented success for an Icelandic band at the time and influencing the country’s musical scene dramatically.

• With a line-up featuring Björk Guðmundsdóttir (vocals, keyboards), Einar Örn Benediktsson (vocals, trumpet), Sigtryggur Baldursson (drums), Thor Eldon (guitar), Einar Melax (keyboards) and Bragi Ólafsson (bass), The Sugarcubes emerged from the ashes of numerous Icelandic acts, including Benediktsson and Ólafsson’s Purrkur Pillnikk – later (with Baldursson) K.U.K.L (‘Witch’ in Icelandic), who released several singles through the fiercely independent British label Crass Records in the early 1980s. K.U.K.L eventually morphed into The Sugarcubes, who (following their dissatisfaction with the ideals of many major labels) eventually signed to One Little Indian in 1987, cueing the start of a working relationship that continues to blossom some 20 plus years later.

• ‘Life’s Too Good’, released in April 1988 (making it 25 years old), was the first album by the Icelandic alternative rock pop band The Sugarcubes, which brought fame to lead vocalist Björk. Through the first single, ‘Birthday’, the Sugarcubes received attention in Europe and the United States.

• ‘Ammæli’, afterwards released in English as ‘Birthday’, entered the charts outside Iceland, leading the band to put Icelandic music on the world map. ‘Birthday’ was chosen as Single Of The Week by both NME and Melody Maker in August 1987 and was also selected number 1 in John Peel’s Festive Fifty for 1987. The album has been chosen as one of the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

• First time on neon green coloured vinyl.

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