laugardagur, september 08, 2007

Bag of Joys - Smekkleysa 1997 CD Box

Bag of Joys were a quirky and funny band which never got the recognition I think they deserved. They will now however get some, since I've gotten their permission to post some of their excellent songs. The band was formed in Iceland in 1994 when a few friends who'd been making music together at home decided to start rehearsing properly and put together a live band. In 1995 they released a cassette called "Minnir óneitanlega á Grikkaland" of rather poor recording quality. The name roughly translates as "Kinda reminds me of Greece". It was limited to a total of 40 editions, and managed to get bad reviews which were then reprinted on the sleeve of their next publication, the 7" single "Nú á ég vermand vini". This single was released in 250 editions later that same year and the recording quality had improved somewhat.
In 1997 Bad Taste Ltd released a series of smallish cd's with a few notable young underground bands, each CD containing around 7-9 songs, so these were kinda mini-LP's designed to get the bands some starting point, but not distributed or promoted widely it seems. I think all of these bands disbanded pretty soon after those releases, and never properly got off the ground. One of them was Soðin Fiðla, another one was Bag of Joys. The CD "Eins og ég var motta" ("Like I was a rug") was released in 1997, and here they had aquired a female vocalist named Lena. The recordings are great and the songs are sparkling with naivety and non-sensical lyrics, including a cover of "We like to do it" by a band I do not know called Avocado Baby. They had a well attended release party, and then promptly disbanded.
Since then they've occasionally resurfaced playing one concert in 2002 and at a wedding last year, and one member named Sighvatur Ómar Kristinsson, also known as Musikhvatur, has been seen lurking behind keyboards as member of Apparat Organ Quartet along with Jóhann Jóhannsson of Daisy Hill Puppy Farm.

The cassette "Minnir óneitanlega á Grikkland":
Hummingbird Cookie
7" "Nú á ég vermand vini":
Skepnur ("Beasts")
Fleskmangarinn og dvergatuddinn ("The fleshmonger and the dwarf-ox")

CD "Eins og ég var motta" (Smekkleysa, 1997):
Sappa oj
We like to do it
HA 498
Í berjamó með Bag of Joys ("Picknick with the Bag of Joys")


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