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Sugarcubes — Coldsweat
Album: Life's Too Good
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6.8

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Total ratings: 1098









Released: 1988
Length: 3:14
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Einar
Meat meat blood blood
Sweat sweat meat!

Björk
I close the door
Shouldn't burn yet
The wires get hotter
Palms are glowing

This is hot meat
This is metallic blood
This is hot meat
This is open sweat

I'll show you with my fingers
Draw with the eye
With your own breath
I'll tear your lungs

Here is hot meat
This is metallic blood
Here is hot meat
This is open sweat

Einar
This side of the blackest meadows
I make my winter dwelling
And crush my bones

Björk
This is hot meat
This is metallic blood
This is ...hot meat!

I'll sail out the window
I'll walk down the edge
I will not finish
'Till I'm fully satisfied

This is hot meat
This is metallic blood
This is hot meat
This is open sweat
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I wish someone would remix this album. I love the raw, youthful earnestness but the mix is thin and unbalanced. It almost sounds like there was a high pass filter used.
Keep envisioning 

Björk

in bed with me

she is on top
I had the good fortune to see them at a small club in the 80's
Whoa, Sugarcubes! Great blast from the past, I loved this album back in the day.
 Cueburned wrote:
This was beyond me in in 1988.  Probably still is.
 
It may have been beyond a number of people back in 1988, but it's only about 3,400 km. from PEI to Reykjavik.
I was hating the musical scene in 1988 with Madonna and Milli Vanilli and this was never played on our small city radio stations
This was beyond me in in 1988.  Probably still is.
Great to hear this morning!  Love me some Sugarcubes!
Thinking to myself that this really sounded like Björk... Duh... Sorry...
Great to hear this again! Thank you so much Bill
This is one of the first albums I bought with my first paycheck all those years ago. What a great album.
This one brings back happy memories. {#Music}
 vandal wrote:

I too saw them for the first time then, and I'm agreed.  Most of my friends (both male/female) from that time period spent plenty of time wondering what it might be like to make love with Bjork. . . I must confess that I gave it a thought or two myself. . .

{#Shifty}
 
Been there, done that.

I love Bjork and her music. It's always sounded fresh and daring to me. The Sugarcubes was the perfect launching pad for her, and always remind me of being the Scandinavian B-52's.   
I've always thought that this is one JAMMING song, and it really showcases Bjork's Grace Slick-ish vocal gymnastics and fiery passion
 maxvonevil wrote:

Imagine while nursing a hangover from hell, someone is blowing a trumpet straight into your face, a gaggle of weird muppets and ninja midgets race around the bed, all while you are trying to toss a cocktail sausage into a stairwell. How's that for imagery? {#Cheers}

 
I didn't realize anyone else was there at the time.
 maxvonevil wrote:

Imagine while nursing a hangover from hell, someone is blowing a trumpet straight into your face, a gaggle of weird muppets and ninja midgets race around the bed, all while you are trying to toss a cocktail sausage into a stairwell. How's that for imagery? {#Cheers}

 
Ohshitthatsfunny — stop, oh please, dude, yer killin me.... oh man... (just breathe) hoooooooobuddy!

Holy crap... I must admit, weird as she is, she's easily my favorite Icelandic import and I (shameless pig that I am) would be hard-pressed to take a pass on such a potentially life-altering experience should I miraculously find myself in some form of contention there.  (Ha!)  BUT NOW, thanks to good ol' Max here, there's simply no way that I'd be able to remove that image from my mind enough to properly reciprocate — and man, that's just a big damn shame.  

So, thanks for screwing that up for me and probably for several other...uhh...dreamers here, ya wanker.  Seriously though, thanks also for the laugh!

{#Cheers} 
 vandal wrote:

I too saw them for the first time then, and I'm agreed.  Most of my friends (both male/female) from that time period spent plenty of time wondering what it might be like to make love with Bjork. . . I must confess that I gave it a thought or two myself. . .

{#Shifty}
 
Imagine while nursing a hangover from hell, someone is blowing a trumpet straight into your face, a gaggle of weird muppets and ninja midgets race around the bed, all while you are trying to toss a cocktail sausage into a stairwell. How's that for imagery? {#Cheers}


 vandal wrote:
Most of my friends (both male/female) from that time period spent plenty of time wondering what it might be like to make love with Bjork. . . I must confess that I gave it a thought or two myself. . .

Businessgypsy wrote:
It's consensus - Björk gives us all a bjöner!
 
{#Roflol}
What ever happened to Einar (the guy who talks through most Sugarcubes songs)? He was like the Icelandic Fred Schneider.
Most excellent!  Haven't heard this in many years.
This is brilliant stuff.  Thanks RP.
Way, way ahead of their time.  Edgy when it came out, simply outstanding now, especially in light of the dreck that passes for music on FM today.  Solid 8+! 
I don't think I've ever heard Sugarcubes on RP. How can that be?

 

Pristina wrote:

Wow!  Have not heard this song in probably 20 years.  How do you do it Bill?  

 


Wow!  Have not heard this song in probably 20 years.  How do you do it Bill?  
Thanks Bill!  I love this album. :)
I
so
love
my
Icelandic
pixie

{#Heartkiss} 

 macpeck wrote:
Just don't like her—I think she's one of the fakes...
 
I have it on good authority that she is in fact Bjork... the fake one is made of synthetic icing and black fur
Love hearing the Sugarcubes! Thank you!
 Hannio wrote:
Awesome singing.
 
Bjork.  Not a fan personally but I think even her most ardent fans would accept the voice is distinctive enough you wouldn't expect everyone to like it in much the same way I don't have a problem with the way many of my friends have never come round to young Mr Bragg.
Awesome singing.
At its time (1988) the only competition for Sinead O'Conner: great talents both!
One of my favorite singers... loved her immediately when this album came out.

Here's a great documentary about Bjork from the 90s. It appeared on Bravo here in the US:
https://youtu.be/r_JDhPjUl6U
 bseib wrote:
I find it amazing that I *consistently* cannot stand the sound of Bjork, except when she's singing w/ the Sugarcubes. Somehow, the the Sugarcubes sound meshes with her voice and makes it work nicely. Otherwise she's nails on the chalkboard. {#Eek}
 
this WAS her best work...


I agree!

 
bseib wrote:
I find it amazing that I *consistently* cannot stand the sound of Bjork, except when she's singing w/ the Sugarcubes. Somehow, the the Sugarcubes sound meshes with her voice and makes it work nicely. Otherwise she's nails on the chalkboard. {#Eek}
 


Just don't like her—I think she's one of the fakes...
Nothin like Bjork or Sugarcubes to make a rainy day to shine.
I find it amazing that I *consistently* cannot stand the sound of Bjork, except when she's singing w/ the Sugarcubes. Somehow, the the Sugarcubes sound meshes with her voice and makes it work nicely. Otherwise she's nails on the chalkboard. {#Eek}


 Photo-John wrote:
This sounded so fresh when it came out and it has definitely lasted the test of time.
 
You bet.  I thought she'd sneaked a new album past me.  Very surprised to see that this is from the 80's....

Björk detected  ... OMG! That is a Sugarcubes! I woke up, woke up, yes. (face@palm)


Yeah for the 'Cubes! I loves me some Sugarcubes!
Did Björk study Mongolian throat singing?

This sounded so fresh when it came out and it has definitely lasted the test of time.
Man, this is good.
vandal wrote:
Most of my friends (both male/female) from that time period spent plenty of time wondering what it might be like to make love with Bjork. . . I must confess that I gave it a thought or two myself. . .
It's consensus - Björk gives us all a bjöner!

Growl baby, growl.
 Jelani wrote:
The album art is great!!!
 
And the music is even greater, love Björk.
...and I'm out.
I like the reverb on the snare drum!
The album art is great!!!
sweet!
nice ~ love ya Bill
Not a current Bjork fan. But this kicks ass.
 jakewhite77 wrote:
Sugarcubes, hell yeah!  Bjork should have never left.

First concert I ever went to, Sugarcubes and Public Enemy opened for U2.  That was 1993 I think.  What a show!
 
WOW! {#Notworthy}
 doctec wrote:

Same here - I remember the form-fitting red dress and the Flavor Flav style clock she had hung around her neck.  She did things with her voice I've never ever anyone pull off before, it made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.  Riveting.
 
I too saw them for the first time then, and I'm agreed.  Most of my friends (both male/female) from that time period spent plenty of time wondering what it might be like to make love with Bjork. . . I must confess that I gave it a thought or two myself. . .

{#Shifty}

At first I thought this might be Bat For Lashes. I didn't know it was our little Icelandic pixie until more phlegm was hacked up vocals ensued.


I have the same nostalgic feeling.I went to see them in the late 80's during their first gigs in Paris.
They were a bit crazy but the atmosphere was great. Björk had already an incredible presence on stage.
I really love this first album.


 
ginger wrote:
Cool. Takes me back to when I first saw/heard of the Sugarcubes. I caught them on Saturday Night Live years ago, and was mezmerized by Bjork. Bought this album right away, and still love to pull it out now and then.
 


 ginger wrote:
Cool. Takes me back to when I first saw/heard of the Sugarcubes. I caught them on Saturday Night Live years ago, and was mezmerized by Bjork. Bought this album right away, and still love to pull it out now and then.
 
Same here - I remember the form-fitting red dress and the Flavor Flav style clock she had hung around her neck.  She did things with her voice I've never ever anyone pull off before, it made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.  Riveting.


Really good stuff!  Good match of the band and the vocals.  BaJork-like in a good way.
its funny that this sounds like early U2..
Her voice is fierce! {#Notworthy}
 jakewhite77 wrote:
Sugarcubes, hell yeah!  Bjork should have never left.

First concert I ever went to, Sugarcubes and Public Enemy opened for U2.  That was 1993 I think.  What a show!
 

Oh hells yeah...what an incredible show.  You lucky devil!  Kudos!
 l3na wrote:
love her voice
people give her a bad rap but she's amazing. really. doesn't get nearly as much respect as she deserves

 

Agree 100%.
love her voice
people give her a bad rap but she's amazing. really. doesn't get nearly as much respect as she deserves

Stands up pretty well for music that was avant garde 20 years ago.  I like all of the Sugarcubes records, especially Bjork (and not much since).

Oh, and a segue into Neko.  Nice!
Sugarcubes, hell yeah!  Bjork should have never left.

First concert I ever went to, Sugarcubes and Public Enemy opened for U2.  That was 1993 I think.  What a show!
 baltimorelovejoy wrote:
Goddamn...she's got an spectacular voice.
 

Sounds like Bjork got off and lost it. It's good though!
 baltimorelovejoy wrote:
Goddamn...she's got an spectacular voice.
 
Oooh, yeah.

Goddamn...she's got an spectacular voice.
Bjork before she went bjonkers...
Stop all the yelling!
Great set, Bill! Best segues in all of net music!
Cool. Takes me back to when I first saw/heard of the Sugarcubes. I caught them on Saturday Night Live years ago, and was mezmerized by Bjork. Bought this album right away, and still love to pull it out now and then.
How nice to hear this! I had this CD back in the day when I first started college. Reminds me of playing it in my car driving to class. Although I don't care for most of Bjork's solo stuff, I always loved this album. Sadly, I don't have it anymore..may need to get me another copy.
I wouldn't consider myself a huge Bjork fan, but I gotta say that on this one -- and on Big-Time Sensuality, as well, I think is the one -- she just lights it up and smacks it around! Gawd, that gal got the power -- she do!
great record. there are much better songs than this though. deus, delicious demon, birthday i believe deserve airplay (RP-play) more than coldsweat.
back when Bjork was tolerable for more than one song....
An absolute bjorker!
scrupulously clean... :mrgreen:
I am feeling generous today: 2
jbettencourt wrote:
It's filled with delights: Motorcrash, Sick for Toys, ***ucking in Rythm and Sorrow Bjork was great with the Sugarcubes and still is flying solo.
Agreed! :bananajumprope: I gave this a 7 but there are a few 9's on this album. I'm not sure anything drops below a 7. (no 10's -- I'm stingy handing out 10's to anyone ) :snooty:
These guys Rock...
horstman wrote:
It's often said (by me) that the true essence of an artist is seen at the beginning of their careers when they are shaped by emotion and not merely success. Or perhaps its the drive to become successful, famous, known and not merely to sustain those ambitions achieved. Anyway, the Sugarcubes rock supreme and Bjork really has lost her edge. Or at least she's more rounded.
Her face sure looks more rounded...
Very cool! I thought that I'd never hear any Sugarcubes tunes on RP. This is one of the best. None of Bjork's solo work can compare to this!
I remember this - the definitive sugar cubes tune - It sure is a lot of work to listen to this now...
:yes: I *thought* it sounded like Bjork! :good-vibes:
The Sugarcubes! More songs is clearly needed, especially "Hit" where MC Einar gives an example of Icelandic rap. :mrgreen:
Well i liked it 7 :)
"I break out...in a coooold...sweat!"
As with most Bjork songs, So over dramatic it loses it's power and just becomes her scraming and wailing. some call it "genious". I call it lame and annoying!
horstman wrote:
It's often said (by me) that the true essence of an artist is seen at the beginning of their careers when they are shaped by emotion and not merely success. Or perhaps its the drive to become successful, famous, known and not merely to sustain those ambitions achieved. Anyway, the Sugarcubes rock supreme and Bjork really has lost her edge. Or at least she's more rounded.
i don't know that i agree that bjork has lost her edge at all; music is just different now than it was in 1989. also, bjork's solo career has been very electronica/ambient/beats-oriented, whereas the sugarcubes were much more straightforward 80s style alterna-rock. i do agree with your first statement tho -- one of my favorite things about the sugarcubes was that it was always -- and admittedly so -- just a lark on their part. they were just a bunch of kids from iceland having a fun time, and that abandon and fierceness is present in the music.
It's often said (by me) that the true essence of an artist is seen at the beginning of their careers when they are shaped by emotion and not merely success. Or perhaps its the drive to become successful, famous, known and not merely to sustain those ambitions achieved. Anyway, the Sugarcubes rock supreme and Bjork really has lost her edge. Or at least she's more rounded.
Gosh, I liked her so much better when she was with Sugarcubes.
rah wrote:
she's back with the sugarcubes as of this week, apparently -- will be SO curious to hear what they sound like nearly 20 years later...
No way .. wild. .. i love their sound!
she's back with the sugarcubes as of this week, apparently -- will be SO curious to hear what they sound like nearly 20 years later...
Wow i had forgotten how an unleashed Bjork sounded - superb - again dig out old CD's.
Coyotes like anything Bjork! Got to whip out my old Sugarcube CD's.
Dave_Mack wrote:
I like it. It rocks much harder than most Bjorken stuff. I have to admit I bought this album a long time ago, listened to it, and haven't since. Maybe I'll check it out again, with new RP ears.
It's filled with delights: Motorcrash, Sick for Toys, ***ucking in Rythm and Sorrow Bjork was great with the Sugarcubes and still is flying solo.
I like it. It rocks much harder than most Bjorken stuff. I have to admit I bought this album a long time ago, listened to it, and haven't since. Maybe I'll check it out again, with new RP ears.
NO! :doh:
How does this albumn compare to Stick around for Joy (which I love). Thanks RP! :dance:
outerspace wrote:
More Please!
:stop:
Dang, for the first few seconds there I thought I was gonna get some Gang of Four ...
maLeFunKtion wrote:
Bjork was in a group :eek: Well I never. They say learn something new everyday. Lesson is over class. Wow. Still can't believe it. :fever:
Yeah. I didn't know that either. Bjork-bork!
Bjork was in a group :eek: Well I never. They say learn something new everyday. Lesson is over class. Wow. Still can't believe it. :fever:
Arghhhhhh! It's HER again! Make it stop!
ahhh ...college!
Love the Sugar Cubes! More!!!
Darkmatter wrote:
Hmm, I don't know, maybe because the majority of the people listening like it? That is a novel thought! I know I like it, and that is all that matters. ;)
:nodhead: :clap: :highfive: More Sugarcubes, please. Excellent tune.
lotus_65 wrote:
... still ahead of its time.
I couldn't agree more, well maybe I could.... nope. :nodhead:
More Please!
twnzma99 wrote:
BJORK!! AWESOME ALBUM! Too bad she went solo though....
Ah, this is where she came from, huh? Nice!
BJORK!! AWESOME ALBUM! Too bad she went solo though....
More Sugarcubes please!
... still ahead of its time.
This disc rocked my world back when it came out - I remember thinking how crazy-raw her vocals were --- her solo stuff is cool, but it doesn't match the intensity of the stuff with the Sugar Cubes.
This song is kick ass. I loved Bjork with this guys voice on the first SC album . . ..
physicsgenius wrote:
How did this mess get rated 7.5?
Hmm, I don't know, maybe because the majority of the people listening like it? That is a novel thought! I know I like it, and that is all that matters. ;)
How did this mess get rated 7.5?