The Sugarcubes – Birthday
The Sugarcubes performing Birthday at the Olympic Stadium, Auburn University, Alabama, USA, October 1988. Björk Guðmundsdóttir (vocals, keyboards) Einar Örn Benediktsson (vocals, trumpet, flugelhorn) Sigtryggur Baldursson (drums) Fridrik Erlingsson (guitar) Þór Eldon (guitar) Bragi Ólafsson (bass) Margrét (Magga) Örnólfsdóttir (keyboards)
You can download the score from the video: B. Gudmundsdottir – The Sugarcubes: Birthday
The Sugarcubes Hit
They first came to notice in the UK when radio DJ John Peel played “Birthday”, later voted by his listeners as a single of the year. The band’s music was characterized by a psychedelic post-punk sound sometimes reminiscent of The B-52’s, whimsical yet heartfelt lyrics, and the imploring, girlish voice of vocalist Björk Guðmundsdóttir, who later went on to great success as a solo artist. While not as successful as Björk’s solo career would be, the band is still very highly regarded and was the most influential Icelandic group until the rise of Sigur Rós. This was the last “hit” before they disbanded.