Friday, February 05, 2010

Ice Ice Baby



You know, people often say to me, "DavyH old bean, we appreciate that your occasional series of extended disco classics builds into a magnificent library our whole family will enjoy, but sometimes of a Friday we'd quite fancy a blast of off-kilter Icelandic indie pop from that crazy pixie's old band, especially if you can shove up the not-sung-in-English B-side too".

I am, of course, happy to oblige.

The Sugarcubes - 'Birthday' (1987)
The Sugarcubes - 'Birthday (Icelandic)' (1987)

16 comments:

  1. Always good to hear the, journalist bashing "crazy pixie" now and again.

    Have a good weekend, nearly gin time!

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  2. Is that you on the right in that pic???

    Such a great song, still really powerful. The first time I heard it I was walking around the Virgin Megastore and it really was one of those stop in your tracks moments. I bought it there and then!

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  3. And, DavyH, old bean, that really is rather marvellous. Some departure, mind, from the usual Friday Fare. Keep 'em guessing, that's what I say.

    x

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  4. Simon, the '87 me was less neat, less combed and generally more dishevelled - but, yeah, frighteningly, you are pretty much there.

    Freddy, dear heart, like Robby Zimmerman once sayed:

    If I can't please everybody
    I might as well not please anybody at all
    (there's but so many people
    An I just can't please them all)
    .

    I'm glad you like it, you old tart x

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  5. I fancied that Bjork something rotten about this time.

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  6. I liked the Sugarcubes, but then I listened to a lot of odd Indie stuff then (the Rock Lobsters!). Bjork's voice seemed fresh then, and on Birthday she sounds vaguely cute. Still a great song, even if I can;t abide by Bjork now.

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  7. How very sesse, as word verification might say.

    Pimms winter cup for me this evening, perfect for those Icelandic nights.

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  8. what a bleedin racket. but I'm an overly enthusiastic fan of the bananas character in pop.
    x

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  9. You'll be singing it all week.

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  10. I think i travelled up to that london to get this in HMV of oxford st of course the slightly tory leaning people back at college thought i was even weirder for having a icelandic record (i imagine sigor ros is all you hear in some dorms nowadays!)
    cheers for this.

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  11. I've found myself enjoying the Icelandic version especially since uploading these. Because it sounds so familiar and yet so strange, I think.

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  12. Björk still looks exactly the same. How is that possible?

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  13. Good Norse genes and nice cheekbones.

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