"The Great Crossover Potential" by The Sugarcubes on iTunes

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Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5

18 Ratings

Awesome!

melodiehayden,

Bjork is awesome, any and everything she does.

A great collection...

shabulia,

...truly, it is. Why then do I only give 4 stars? I'll tell you since you asked. This is a greatest hits compilation. And that very reason is why this isn't a 5 star rating. Let me explain. "The Great Crossover Potential" is a great way for someone to get started with the Sugarcubes. But since the Sugarcubes only put out a scant few albums people might not venture out to the other avenues of Sugarcube glory. This album has some killer songs on it but it is somewhat limiting as greatest hits albums usually are. For future fans I would recommend biting the bullet and getting the other full albums that the Sugarcubes had to offer. That is the only way to fully appreciate this band. The Sugarcubes were a band that truly helped define alternative rock in the late 80's and early 90's. They had an edgy sound that few have replicated even to this day. They were part of a wave of music that took the rest of the world by storm in the early 90's. Differing from the mainstream, their sound was artistic. Their lyrics were vibrant. Bjork was the heart and soul of the band. Her voice was (and still is) hypnotic and energetic. Their sound helped pave the way for what modern alternative is today. This album fully illustrates my point. It is a great compilation and a great way to introduce yourself to this incredible band. Just don't be limited with this album thinking it is all the best stuff the Sugarcubes had to offer. It's not. There's a lot of great stuff included but also a lot that's missing. If you get this album and like it, try to remember that there is a lot more where this all came from.

About The Sugarcubes

The Sugarcubes were the biggest group ever to emerge from Iceland, which helps explain their off-kilter sense of melody. Their 1988 debut, Life's Too Good, attracted terrific reviews and became a college radio hit, but they never were able to recapture that sense of excitement.

According to group legend, the Sugarcubes formed on June 8, 1986, the day that vocalist Björk (born Björk Gundmundsdottir) gave birth to her son. Prior to that day, the members of the group had been a variety of Icelandic bands. Björk had the longest career out of any of the members. When she was 11 years old, the vocalist had recorded a children's album. In her late teens, she joined the Icelandic post-punk band Tappi Tikarrass, who released two albums before splitting in 1983. Drummer Siggi Baldursson (born Sigtryggur Baldursson, October 2, 1962) was a member of þeyr (aka Theyr), whose most prominent international moment came in 1982, when they recorded with Youth and Jaz Coleman of Killing Joke. At the same time Theyr was popular within Iceland, Einar Benediktsson and Bragi Olafsson formed a punk band called Purrkur Pillnikk, which released records on Benediktsson's own label, Gramm. By 1984, Björk, Benediktsson, and Baldursson had joined forces, forming K.U.K.L. with keyboardist Einar Mellax. K.U.K.L. -- which means witch in Icelandic -- was an noisy, artsy post-punk band that released several singles on the independent British record label Crass. In 1986, K.U.K.L. evolved into the Sugarcubes, adding Björk's then-husband Thor Eldon on guitar and Bragi Olafsson on bass.

In late 1987, the band signed to One Little Indian in the U.K., Elektra Records in the U.S. The Sugarcubes released their debut album, Life's Too Good, in 1988 to critical acclaim in both the U.K. and the U.S. "Birthday," the first single from the album, became an indie hit in Britain and a college radio hit in America. In particular, Björk received a heap of praise, which began tensions between her and Benediktsson. By the time the group recorded its second album, Thor had divorced Björk and married Magga Ornolfsdottir, who became the group's keyboardist after Einar Mellax left.

Here Today, Tomorrow Next Week!, the Sugarcubes' second album, was released in 1989. The album featured a greater vocal contribution by Einar, which was criticized in many of the record's reviews, which were noticeably weaker than those for Life's Too Good. After the release of Here Today, Tomorrow Next Week!, the band embarked on a lengthy international tour. At the conclusion of the tour in late 1990, the bandmembers pursued their own individual interests. Stick Around for Joy, the band's third album, was released in 1992; before the record appeared, a collection of remixes called It's-It was released in Europe. Stick Around for Joy received better reviews than Life's Too Good, but the album failed to yield a hit single. Following its release, the Sugarcubes disbanded. In 1993, Björk launched a critically acclaimed and commercially successful solo career that was based in dance music. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

  • ORIGIN
    Reykjavik, Iceland
  • FORMED
    1986

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