Friday, October 29, 2010

"Coldsweat" by The Sugarcubes

Birthday wishes go out today to Einar Örn Benediktsson, co-vocalist and trumpeter for Iceland's pop pioneers The Sugarcubes; the band owes its unique sound as much to the participation of female vocalist Björk as it does to the contrast between their two voices. Then, of course, there's the Iceland Factor*...

Coldsweat first appeared on The Sugarcubes' 1988 album Life's Too Good, but had been released as a single in the previous year, just like the band's breakthrough single Birthday.

*The so-called Iceland Factor - initially isolated and identified by Mr. Gagne when I first posted "Glósóli" by Sigur Rós - is the subject of much research here in the Applied Pop Culture Laboratory at the Pop Culture Institute. In brief, it posits that music from Iceland is usually all trippy and shit, and seeks to understand why...

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