OK, so one time sometime right after Bjork made Debut, so that musta been 1993, my friend N, me, and the coordinator of all of us barmen and -women at the place - a thirtysomething woman named Louise who at the time seemed, like, old to me - were sitting having a drink. And Louise starts off about how she discovered Bjork and her "Debut" and isnt that a wonderful new singer?
Me, being, like, 22, I roll my eyes and explain that she was in a band before, the Sugarcubes.. that I didnt like Debut but thought the Sugarcubes had been God, and that Bjork, well, err.. well that she'd been like my teenage sex goddess.
(Err, when I was a teenager, I mean, not her.)
Seriously though, they rocked, the Sugarcubes did. Specially on Life's Too Good. Einar gave enough of an erratic roar to go with Bjorks wild-eyed pixie magic, and they were great live.
OK, so I was saying that and my friend N., who was a few years older than me, indulgently smiled upon me and then with a wink said, hell I liked 'em when they were in Kukl. Turns out that he'd been at that legendary underground Rotterdam festival that only took place for a coupla years and where Kukl played, sometime in the early 80s. Both Bjork and Einar were in Kukl too.
OK so I checked just now, and (of course) there's Kukl on YouTube. I never heard anything of theirs, so this was cool, as in funny, as in curious. Like, check this clip for "Anna"
. Odd, very odd. The vibe is amazingly like that of some Eastern Bloc-era alternative theatre group or something. (Anastasia says: well I guess if you live on a remote island in the Arctic circle it's kind of like living behind the Iron Curtain.)
Allright, so far so good. But did you know that Kukl itself was a merger of two other bands - a band called Purrkur Pillnikk that had Einar, and a band called Tappi Tíkarrass with Björk? Someone on YouTube uploaded part of a TV program that had both of em as well as Kukl, music and interviews. TT apparently is Icelandic for "cork that bitch's arse", and Bjork is, like, a petulant 17 year old. And, eh...
Well, look for yourself: Purrkur Pillnikk, Tappi Tíkarrass & KUKL
- for Bjork fastforward to about 1:56 in