I, II, III, Snarl 4! Go ahead punk, make my day!

- This is no elf and glacier crap, ok -

Dr Gunni is a master in releasing Icelandic underground music compilations on his own label Erðanúmúsik . Back in 1987 he made 2 cassette compilations, Snarl I with music by Sogblettir, Múzzólíní, Gult að innan, S.H. Draumur, Daisy Hill Puppy Farm and Parror. Same year more bands on tape: Snarl II (“Veröldin er veimiltíta”), featuring the bands Sogblettir, E-X, 16 eyrnahlífabúðum, Daisy hill puppy farm, Yesminis pestis, Óþekkt andlit, Múzzólíní, Sykurmolarnir (a.k.a. Sugarcubes!), Blátt áfram, Bleiku böstunum, Qtzjí qtzjí qtzjí, Balla og blómálfunum, Gult að innan, Mosi frændi and S.H. Draumur.
In 1991 Snarl III came out as a cassette. Jonee Jonee, Leiksvið fáránleikans, Sororicide, Ræsið, Drulla, Exit, Daisy Hill Puppy Farm, Risaeðlan, Paul & Laura, Reptilicus, Rotþróin, Bless, Dritvík, Rut +, The human seeds, Dr. Gunni, B.R.A., No comment, Strangelove, Saktmóðigur, Majdanek, Graupan and Opp jors, one song each.
So many years later, Herr Doktor Gunni compiled 25 tracks on Snarl 4, entitled “Skært lúðar hljóma” (translation: Brightly sounding geeks).
No placebos, real meds prescribed by Gunnar Lárus Hjálmarsson.

So let’s have a look at the pink, black, red and blue pills:
1 Pink Street Boys – Evel Knievel: straight out of the garage
2 Brött brekka – Snake Oil Song:
Northern hemisphere punkrock
3 Börn – Þú skuldar mér að vera sexy: sexy scream on top
4 Vafasöm síðmótun – Alvöru fokking lönd!:
Icelandic agitproprock
5 Sindri Eldon – Giving Up Giving Up:
poppy indierock
6 Death of a Scooba Fish – Criminal: icecold killer queen
7 Kvöl – Watching Me: newest new wave
8 Prinspóló – Draumur um hraun:
Black/White dreams about lava
9 Mafama – Middle of Norway: Trabant is back on track
10 Knife Fights – Don’t Be A Man:
indierock 3.0
11 Elín Helena – Ljúga, ljúga, ljúga, ljúga, ljúga, ljúga, ljúga, ljúga, ljúga…: sing along to songs you don’t understand
12 Just Another Snake Cult – Lost in the Dark:
put your wetsuit on and go to the black beachparty
13 Mugison – Afsakið hlé: West Fjord indie
14 Skerðing – 30 krónur: Where is my money?
15 Nolo – Mali: lo-fi = lovely fine
16 Sushi Submarine – Slugs:
U-Boot beat music
17 Kælan mikla – Ekkert nema ég:
Girrrrly power
18 Fræbbblarnir – Bugging Leo: psycho country qu’est-ce que c’est ça
19 Dr. Gunni – Rassar í spandex: The Doctor himself vs. smartass Kim Kardashian
20 Dj. Flugvél og geimskip – Draugur í kastalanum: space girrrrl
21 Insol – Eða viljum við ekki skynja…: poetry à la Megas
22 Harry Knuckles – Untitled 2: Dirty Harry vs. punk
23 Panos From Komodo – Walking My Mother: Motorcycle Mama
24 Radrad – <þrír: postrock à gogo
25 Grísalappalísa & Megas – Skrítin birta – Lifandi á Palóma: We want more … and more and more… Megas

A real longplayer, 25 sing along songs long, featuring a grumpy old man in a battle with the sonic youth, a flock of new youngsters on the horizon, some golden oldies, girrrrl powerrr à volonté, and some usual suspects in spandex: all still alive and kicking ass in 2014.
I hope that we don’t have to wait another 23 years before we all can listen to Snarl 5.
Go ahead Doctor, make my day!

– Wim Van Hooste

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