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The Great Crossover Potential

The Sugarcubes

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The Sugarcubes were one of the great cult bands of collegiate rock, not only because they had a distinctive sound, but because they were so damn weird. They sounded like nothing else in the late '80s/early '90s or anything that came before, creating an unusual hybrid of pop, dance, and the avant-garde. So rabid was their cult that some critics said they could cross over into the mainstream, yet that never really happened, despite their strong English following. However, that notion gives the title to their best-of collection, The Great Crossover Potential. The 14-track compilation proves that they could never really have crossed over, mainly because their pop sense is quirky and they're often an acquired taste. Björk, of course, wound up being a pop star with equally ambitious music, and while her talent is apparent here, it's often submerged by Einar's excruciatingly ridiculous showboating. Einar was often overbearing on the Sugarcubes albums (particularly toward the end of their career), and it is true that he's less irritating here than on the proper records, but casual fans should be aware that The Great Crossover Potential is only slightly less uneven than the actual albums, with the exception of the remarkable debut, Life's Too Good. The collection, however, remains a nice way to round up the highlights, particularly those from Here Today, Tomorrow Next Week! and Stick Around for Joy.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Birthday
00:04:01

Ray Shulman, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bragi Olafsson, ComposerLyricist - Sigtryggur Baldursson, ComposerLyricist - Einar Orn Benediktsson, ComposerLyricist - The Sugarcubes, MainArtist - Björk Guðmundsdóttir, ComposerLyricist - Derek Birkett, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Fridrik Erlingsson, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1988 One Little Independent Records

2
Cold Sweat
00:03:17

Ray Shulman, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bragi Olafsson, ComposerLyricist - Sigtryggur Baldursson, ComposerLyricist - Thor Eldon Jonsson, ComposerLyricist - Einar Benediktsson, ComposerLyricist - Einar Orn Benediktsson, ComposerLyricist - The Sugarcubes, MainArtist - Björk Guðmundsdóttir, ComposerLyricist - Derek Birkett, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Fridrik Erlingsson, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1998 One Little Independent Records

3
Mama
00:02:56

Ray Shulman, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bragi Olafsson, ComposerLyricist - Sigtryggur Baldursson, ComposerLyricist - Thor Eldon Jonsson, ComposerLyricist - Einar Benediktsson, ComposerLyricist - The Sugarcubes, MainArtist - Björk Guðmundsdóttir, ComposerLyricist - Derek Birkett, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Fridrik Erlingsson, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1998 One Little Independent Records

4
Motor Crash
00:02:23

Ray Shulman, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bragi Olafsson, ComposerLyricist - Sigtryggur Baldursson, ComposerLyricist - Thor Eldon Jonsson, ComposerLyricist - Einar Benediktsson, ComposerLyricist - Einar Orn Benediktsson, ComposerLyricist - The Sugarcubes, MainArtist - Björk Guðmundsdóttir, ComposerLyricist - Derek Birkett, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Fridrik Erlingsson, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1998 One Little Independent Records

5
Deus
00:04:10

Ray Shulman, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bragi Olafsson, ComposerLyricist - Sigtryggur Baldursson, ComposerLyricist - Thor Eldon Jonsson, ComposerLyricist - Einar Benediktsson, ComposerLyricist - Einar Orn Benediktsson, ComposerLyricist - The Sugarcubes, MainArtist - Björk Guðmundsdóttir, ComposerLyricist - Derek Birkett, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Fridrik Erlingsson, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1998 One Little Independent Records

6
Regina
00:04:38

Bragi Olafsson, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Sigtryggur Baldursson, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Thor Eldon Jonsson, Producer - Einar Benediktsson, Producer - Einar Orn Benediktsson, ComposerLyricist - The Sugarcubes, MainArtist - Björk Guðmundsdóttir, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Margrét Örnólfsdóttir, ComposerLyricist - Petur Gislason, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Derek Birkett, Producer - Fridrik Erlingsson, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1989 One Little Independent Records

7
Pump
00:04:25

Bragi Olafsson, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Sigtryggur Baldursson, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Thor Eldon Jonsson, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Einar Benediktsson, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Einar Orn Benediktsson, ComposerLyricist - The Sugarcubes, MainArtist - Björk Guðmundsdóttir, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Petur Gislason, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Derek Birkett, Producer - Fridrik Erlingsson, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1998 One Little Independent Records

8
Planet
00:03:23

Bragi Olafsson, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Sigtryggur Baldursson, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Thor Eldon Jonsson, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Einar Benediktsson, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Einar Orn Benediktsson, ComposerLyricist - The Sugarcubes, MainArtist - Björk Guðmundsdóttir, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Petur Gislason, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Derek Birkett, Producer - Fridrik Erlingsson, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1998 One Little Independent Records

9
Water
00:03:02

Bragi Olafsson, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Sigtryggur Baldursson, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Thor Eldon Jonsson, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Einar Benediktsson, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Einar Orn Benediktsson, ComposerLyricist - The Sugarcubes, MainArtist - Björk Guðmundsdóttir, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Petur Gislason, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Derek Birkett, Producer - Fridrik Erlingsson, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1998 One Little Independent Records

10
Hit
00:03:57

Paul Fox, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bragi Olafsson, ComposerLyricist - Sigtryggur Baldursson, ComposerLyricist - Thor Eldon Jonsson, ComposerLyricist - Einar Benediktsson, ComposerLyricist - Einar Orn Benediktsson, ComposerLyricist - The Sugarcubes, MainArtist - Björk Guðmundsdóttir, ComposerLyricist - Fridrik Erlingsson, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1998 One Little Independent Records

11
Vitamin
00:03:43

Paul Fox, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bragi Olafsson, ComposerLyricist - Sigtryggur Baldursson, ComposerLyricist - Thor Eldon Jonsson, ComposerLyricist - Einar Benediktsson, ComposerLyricist - Einar Orn Benediktsson, ComposerLyricist - The Sugarcubes, MainArtist - Björk Guðmundsdóttir, ComposerLyricist - Fridrik Erlingsson, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1998 One Little Independent Records

12
Walkabout
00:03:47

Paul Fox, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bragi Olafsson, ComposerLyricist - Sigtryggur Baldursson, ComposerLyricist - Thor Eldon Jonsson, ComposerLyricist - Einar Benediktsson, ComposerLyricist - Einar Orn Benediktsson, ComposerLyricist - The Sugarcubes, MainArtist - Björk Guðmundsdóttir, ComposerLyricist - Fridrik Erlingsson, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1998 One Little Independent Records

13
Gold
00:03:39

Paul Fox, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bragi Olafsson, ComposerLyricist - Sigtryggur Baldursson, ComposerLyricist - Thor Eldon Jonsson, ComposerLyricist - Einar Benediktsson, ComposerLyricist - Einar Orn Benediktsson, ComposerLyricist - The Sugarcubes, MainArtist - Björk Guðmundsdóttir, ComposerLyricist - Fridrik Erlingsson, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1998 One Little Independent Records

14
Chihuahua
00:03:28

Paul Fox, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bragi Olafsson, ComposerLyricist - Sigtryggur Baldursson, ComposerLyricist - Thor Eldon Jonsson, ComposerLyricist - Einar Benediktsson, ComposerLyricist - Einar Orn Benediktsson, ComposerLyricist - The Sugarcubes, MainArtist - Björk Guðmundsdóttir, ComposerLyricist - Fridrik Erlingsson, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1998 One Little Independent Records

Album Description

The Sugarcubes were one of the great cult bands of collegiate rock, not only because they had a distinctive sound, but because they were so damn weird. They sounded like nothing else in the late '80s/early '90s or anything that came before, creating an unusual hybrid of pop, dance, and the avant-garde. So rabid was their cult that some critics said they could cross over into the mainstream, yet that never really happened, despite their strong English following. However, that notion gives the title to their best-of collection, The Great Crossover Potential. The 14-track compilation proves that they could never really have crossed over, mainly because their pop sense is quirky and they're often an acquired taste. Björk, of course, wound up being a pop star with equally ambitious music, and while her talent is apparent here, it's often submerged by Einar's excruciatingly ridiculous showboating. Einar was often overbearing on the Sugarcubes albums (particularly toward the end of their career), and it is true that he's less irritating here than on the proper records, but casual fans should be aware that The Great Crossover Potential is only slightly less uneven than the actual albums, with the exception of the remarkable debut, Life's Too Good. The collection, however, remains a nice way to round up the highlights, particularly those from Here Today, Tomorrow Next Week! and Stick Around for Joy.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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