The Sugarcubes reunite

Bjork’s former band celebrate ‘Birthday’

Influential Icelandic Eighties indie band The Sugarcubes are to reunite.

The band that featured Bjork as singer are to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of their classic debut single ’Birthday’.

The Sugarcubes will play a one-off date in Reykjavik on November 17. It will be the first time they have been on stage in 14 years.


According to a statement on “All profit from the concert goes back into Smekkleysa SM, who continue to work on a non-profit basis for the future betterment of Icelandic music and artists.“

Vocalist and trumpet player Einar Orn told Pitchfork : “We were talking about (the fact) that it was twenty years (since) the band and the company were formed, and we were sort of thinking that (since) we’d missed the actual birthday of the company (June 8, 1986), the next birthday was the birthday of (the group’s first single) ‘Birthday’.

“We said, ‘Okay, let’s celebrate that,’ and everybody was game and we decided to go for it.”

The Sugarcubes were the first big band to emerge from Iceland when they released ‘Birthday’ in the UK in 1987, followed by their seminal debut album, 1988’s ’Life’s Too Good’.

The band’s are also remembered for 1992’s ’Hit’, after which they disbanded. In 1993 singer Bjork released her breakthrough solo album ‘Debut’, an NME writers’ album of the year.

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