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Will never be rivaled...sorry Bjork.

I remember seeing The Sugarcubes live on this very tour...1988 or so...and I forget who they were opening for. It might, just might, have been an awesomely inspiring festival at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mt. View, California - featuring Public Image Ltd., The Sugarcubes, New Order and The Cure. There may have been some more people featured. I think Shellyann Orphan was also there...Sundays wannabes that they were, still amazing nonetheless. I saw The Sugarcubes on other tours as well...all of which have become a blur in my memory, but, I digress. Point being, I *think* that was the tour I at which I saw them support this LP. This album...d*mn! I remember when I first heard "Birthday" on the local SF radio stations and then saw the video on Kevin Seal era 120 minutes. The sound...amazing...almost like someone was intentionally dragging a finger on a record player to slow it down...periodically. Then came other songs and I was hooked. Amazing, truly amazing stuff. Those first two Sugarcubes albums will never again be rivaled in greatness, no matter how much Bjork may try, or how much she longs to be deemed so very art-worthy. She is still amazing, don't let my words lead you to believe otherwise. She's incredible. But, there was something about this moment in time..the same moment that produced Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me....that produced April Skies....that procued Music For The Masses and Substance...that produced Bedbugs and Ballyhoo....that produced The House Of Dolls...will never be realized again friends, never. Get this and cherish the greatness that has long since passed.


I listened to Vespertine(I know, lucky me), then pulled out my ol' vinyl copy of this album, & listened 2 it for the 1st time in...oh, over 10 years, easy(yeah, we still do turntable, 'round here); it reminded me that, despite all the wonders & delights of Bjork's solo albums, I really do MISS THE SUGARCUBES(even Einar's rantings...I guess I just always thot of him as the Fred Schneider in an Icelandic B-52s--not totally off the mark, still: certainly, the success of the B's debut album a decade before somewhat paved the way for this 1, I think). I agree that this is the place 2 start, re this wonderfully fresh & quirky band, but I disagree w/ the conventional wisdom that it's all downhill from here; I think of "Here Today..." as a refining & developing of what is heard here, not a soph slump at all(tho it's actually the 1st S.C. album I heard & learned to love, so that could create some bias, I guess); "Stick Around..." is a bit smoothened & Euro-poppy for me, but still definitely it wrong for me 2 wish they'd do a reunion tour, w/ Laika & the Cosmonauts opening?

A bit odd, but still good.

I still think it's pretty good, but still not the best album in the world. The reason why I give the album 5 stars and not 4 is because of the song Birthday. That song is one of my favorites. Still, songs like like Traiter, I Want..., Dragon (Iceladic), and Cowboy are just as good, too.


Formed: 1986 in Reykjavik, Iceland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s

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...
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Life's Too Good, The Sugarcubes
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  • Genres: Rock, Music, Adult Alternative, Alternative, College Rock
  • Released: Apr 05, 1988

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