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The Sugarcubes (Sykurmolarnir in Icelandic) were an Icelandicmarker alternative rock band formed in 1986 and disbanded in 1992. They received critical and popular acclaim internationally.


They first came to notice in the UK when radio DJ John Peel played "Birthday", later voted by his listeners as a single of the year. The band's music was characterized by a psychedelic post-punk sound sometimes reminiscent of The B-52's and Talking Heads, whimsical yet heartfelt lyrics, and the imploring, girlish voice of vocalist Björk Guðmundsdóttir, who later went on to great success as a solo artist. While not as successful as Björk's solo career would be, the band is still very highly regarded and was the most influential Icelandic group until the rise of Sigur Rós.

The Sugarcubes dissolved in 1992 as different members of the band had realised they all had different ambitions; instead of risking their friendship, the band went on an indefinite hiatus. They remain friends to this day and are all still involved in the management of record label Smekkleysa (Bad Taste Ltd).

On November 17 2006, the band had a one-off reunion concert at Laugardalshöllmarker sport arena in Reykjavíkmarker, Icelandmarker, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut single with all profits going to the non-profit Smekkleysa SM to promote Icelandic music. They were supported by fellow Icelandic groups múm and Rass. Despite this reunion, the group has expressed that it has no intention to play future shows or record new material.

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Year Album Chart Positions Additional Information
1988 Life's Too Good 59 48 14 1 54
1989 Here Today, Tomorrow Next Week! 15 1 70 Also released in an Icelandic version titled Illur Arfur.
1992 Stick Around for Joy 76 16 95
It's-It 47 Collection of remixes
1998 The Great Crossover Potential 161 Hits compilation


Year Song Album Chart Positions
AUS SWE UK UK Indie U.S. U.S. Mod Rock U.S. Dance Play
1986 "Ammæli" / "Köttur" Einn Mol'á Mann (Icelandic 500-only EP)
1987 "Birthday" Life's Too Good 65 2
1988 "Coldsweat" 56 1
"Deus" 51 2
"Motorcrash" (Europe/Asia-only) 10
"Luftguitar" (Iceland-only EP)
"Birthday" / "Christmas" (EP) 65 1
1989 "Regina" Here Today, Tomorrow Next Week! 55 1 2
"Planet" 97
1990 "Tidal Wave" (promo-only)
1991 "Hit" Stick Around for Joy 76 28 17 1
1992 "Walkabout" 16
"Leash Called Love" 1
"Birthday" / "Double Remix" (EP) It's It 64
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

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Collaborations and featuring

Other releases

See also

References and notes

  1. Released under Johnny Triumph's name as track was a duet, not classed as strictly a Sugarcubes release.
  2. Jesus and Mary Chain remixes; disc 2 is a live EP.

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