Wednesday, October 24, 2007


KUKL was an Icelandic gothic rock group in the 1980s, most notable for being one of Björk's first bands. The name translates to "witchcraft" in Medieval Icelandic.

Saturday, 22 September 1984, "Dance Box", 23:30 - 00:15

Line up
Björk Guðmundsdóttir – vocals; Einar Örn Benediktsson – vocals, trumpet; Guðlaugur Kristinn Óttarsson – guitar; Birgir Mogensen – bass; Einar Arnaldur Melax – keyboards; Sigtryggur Baldursson – drums

Set list
01 A mutual thrill
02 Anna
03 Latent
04 The spire
05 Dismembered

I have a lossy recording of the above 5 tracks, total time 20'31".

Other info
Things brightened up there with Iceland's finest (albeit unopposed) K.U.L.K delivering a spunkish drunkish short set of Bow Wow Wow sounds, the words coming from the plainest boy in history and a girl with the most unsightly pageboy cut since Skafish. The guitar was groovy and the drums were bendy, and I could have listened to them for at least another 12 years if duty had not called. (NME, October 6, 1984 [Not sure if this is about Pandora’s - P@ndora])

Goodness gracious, great balls of fire - it's KUKL! Boy and girl charging around, shouting and screaming, while four others contrive to make one hell of a racket, lapsing into occasional bouts of melody. I'm not sure that it was their intention, but I found them jolly entertaining, and they should be seen if only to witness the extraordinary performance of that manic little girl. (Sounds, October 13, 1984)

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