The smell of money…
For many Icelanders, daily life is odoured by the smell of fish, “the smell of money” as they call it. Iceland has built up a modern and competitive seafood industry of a high standard. The fishing sector’s contribution to the economy is of vital importance for the people. Fishing boats, fishing factories, fisherman, fisherman’s woman, cod wars, trawlers: In cod we trust!

I tried to catch as many bands, songs and album titles reflecting this Icelandic sea world. Staying for away from whaling and Moby Dick, as you already know whales are mammals, not fish. So no “Whaling in the North Atlantic” by Benni Hemm Hemm (song on the album “Murta St. Calunga” from 2008 on Kimi Records) or “The Great Northern Whalekill” by Mínus (Smekkleysa,2007). But I found other musical seafood to please your eardrums and gustatory organs.


Aðalheiður Björgvinsdóttir is the lady behind Death of a scooba fish. Once known as “Girl in a Dark Room”, but changed the name for personal reasons. “Hold”


“Fiskur nr. 1” (Smekkleysa 1997)

FiskurBerglind Ágústsdóttir (a.k.a. Begga Pönk) was part of the music scene back in the 90s. She was reading poems before gigs, once known as “the poem girl”. Friend Curver asked her to make a album for the Smekkleysa box of EP’s by promising, upcoming young bands and artists. The name of the album comes from that she always felt in love with boys working in the fishing industry. Her EP was a collaboration with Gunnar Óskarsson, Helga Sif Guðmundsdóttir, Sölvi Blöndal, Curver, Eliza Geirsdóttir (of Bellatrix fame), and Viðar Hákon Gíslason (of Trabant fame). Cover design by Jóhann Eiríksson (of Reptilicus and Gjöll fame).


ghostigital“In cod we trust” (Smekkleysa/Ipecac, 2003)

Former Sugarcube Einar Örn and Curver came together to form Ghostigital, an improvisational noise-hop outfit.

“Good morning” feat. the rapper Sensational

 Emilíana Torrini

“Tuna Fish” from her first internationally released album, on One Little Indian, “Love in the time of science” that was internationally released in 1999. Produced by Tears for Fears’s Roland Orzabal.

Emiliana“Fisherman’s woman” (Rough Trade, 2005)

Útidúr made some friends:

“Fisherman’s Friend”


“Goldfish” from the band’s second full-length album “Gull og Vitleysa”, released in November 2012.


“Hard fish” is a song made by Plúseinn, the moniker of Árni Rúnar Hlöðversson a.k.a. Árni+1 of FM Belfast fame.

Hudson Wayne

“How quick is your fish” (12Tónar, 2010) is an album by Hudson Wayne.


“If I were a fish” from the album “Sin galong to songs you don’t know” (Morr Music, 2009)

If I were a fish and you were a seashell
Would you marry me anyway
Would you have my babies

If I were a fish
If I were a fish

If I were a bumblebee and you were a puddle
Would I drown in you anyway
In your soggy eyeballs

If I were a fish
If I were a fish

If I were a fish
And you were a puddle
If I were a fish


“Life in a fishbowl” (Smekkleysa, 2003)

Megas wrote a song about haddock: “Ýsan”.


“Fiskurinn hennar Stínu” (The fish of Stína)

Ship Ahoy!

Thx to Nick Miners & Björn Gunnlaugsson

- Wim Van Hooste -