KUKL Söngull 2“Söngull” was the first 7 inch by KUKL and it was released in September 1983 on the famous Gramm label (Gramm 17). A-side, Söngull, sung in Icelandic, later appeared on the band’s debut album” The Eye” (Crass Records, 1984), with bells replacing the guitar intro. B-side. This two songs were recorded at a small studio in the Southern town of Selfoss. The studio was owned by Ólafur “Labbi” of Mánar & Kaktus fame. Björk had sang cover songs with Kaktus at various sveitaballs (music balls in the country side, outside the greater RVK area) along with her more new wave-ish leanings with Tappi Tíkarrass, so KUKL got the studio time for cheap from Labbi. KUKL members were: Björk Guðmundsdóttir (vocals), Einar Örn Benediktsson (vocals & trumpet), Guð. Krist. aka Guðlaugur Kristinn Óttarsson (electric guitar), Sigtryggur Baldursson (drums), Birgir Mogensen (bass).

KUKL 2The origin of KUKL lies in the underground music radio show on the National Radio called Áfangar (“Phases”) (1975-spring 1983). To finish the 8 years of the show, the radio hosts Ásmundur Jónsson (of Gramm records) and Guðni Rúnar (of Þeyr’s Eskvímó Records) decided to have live music in the last show ever. They asked various famous artists to play, including Megas and Bubbi, and also selected interesting musicians to form a new band for the occasion. This is how Einar Örn from Purrkur Pillnikk, Björk from Tappi Tíkarrass, Guðlaugur Óttarsson and Sigtryggur Baldursson from Þeyr, Einar Melax from Fan Houtens Kókó and Birgir Mogensen from Spilafífl got to perform together. The group performed as “Gott kvöld” (“Good Evening”), but would later use the name Kukl (“Mumbo Jumbo”), after a suggestion from Björk.

Söngull Gramm front

Söngull Gramm 2Tracklist

Side A

Söngull (4:22)

Side B

Pökn (Fyrir Byrjendur) (2:20)

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