Unun Unun Unun Unun Unun, Unun, Unun, Unun, Unun Unun Unun!
Unun, Icelandic for joy, fun or pleasure, was the band with the coolest logo of the country (runners-up are Das Kapital and Rass). Two notorious men in Icelandic music scene formed the band in 1993: guitarist Þór Eldon Jónsson (ex-Fan Houtens Koko, ex-The Sugarcubes) aka Thor Eldon, the ex-husband of Björk; and bassist Gunnar Lárus Hjálmarsson aka Dr. Gunni (ex-S.H. Draumur, ex-Bless). The name of the band appeared during a Scrabble game. Later on singer Kristín joined the duo, so the threesome could start to rehearse at Gunni’s apartment. On the 1. April of 1994 they started to record their debut album “æ”. Together with rock legend, Icelandic Beatle Rúnar Júlíusson aka Rúnar Júl, they reached the radio charts. During the recording sessions, talented chanteuse & troubador Heiða Eiríksdóttir became the singer of the band. In November 1994 their début was released on the Smekkleysa (Bad Taste) label (SM45CD), formed by The Sugarcubes & friends in 1986. Jóhann Jóhannsson (ex-Daisy Hill Puppy Farm), co-producer and keyboard player on this album, later on joined the band Lhooq. Unun’s first record contained punky songs, along with ballades. Track # 8 had Siggi “Sugarcube” Baldursson on drums.
The album was voted best album of 1994. In the summer Unun recorded 2 songs with gay popstar Paul Oscar: instant summer hits. They toured across France, Switzerland and Denmark during the fall. Later on Valgeir Sigurðsson replaced J.J. on keyboards.
In the spring of 1995 the band translated the Icelandic æ-lyrics into English. The English version, called “Super Shiny Dreams” was released on the new sublabel Bad Taste USA in November 1995 in the States and Europe.
Björk was supported by Unun on 3 English stages. So Unun had their 15 minutes of world fame at Wembley Arena in January 1996. In 1997 the band went on stage at Denmark’s Roskilde Festival. In 1998 the band lost their record deal with Deceptive, but released a 4-track leftover EP called “Bones”. Thor was the last time on stage with Unun at the Danish Midt Fyn Festival). Back on the island, the started to record the difficult second album “Ótta” (Almost morning) was released, with the help of Birna on keyboards, Viddi (ex-Quarashi) on bass and Doddi (also on bass in the band Kanada) on drums.
The next year Unun toured in Norway, Latvia, Estonia and finally Finland, where Dr. Gunni is an underground rockstar.
16. July 1999: R.I.P. Unun.
Suddenly a resurrection of Unun (Dr. Gunni, Heiða and husband Elvar) in 2007 for a Lee Hazlewood tribute concert at Organ venue. The trio performed 3 songs: “How does that grab you darlin’”, “Last of the secret agents” and “Lightning’s girl”.