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ICELAND - The Future of Sound, January 2003


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GusGus [Goos-Goos]

"Attention", off the album, Attention

Origin
The band took its name from a 1974 Rainer Werner Fassbinder film, Ali: Fear Eats the Soul. In the film, a prostitute makes the tastiest couscous in the neighborhood, but she mispronounces it "GusGus."

In 1995, while waiting to begin shooting on a film, filmmakers Siggi Kjartansson and Stefan Arni brought together five of the cast members to create an album. The result was Polydistortion, released in the United Kingdom and the United States on the legendary label 4AD. GusGus' take on electronic music -- a unique blend of ambient electronica punctuated by a funk rhythm -- didn't fit neatly in any one category, so the band described it as "Ice Pop."

Band Members
Biggie Veira (Birgir Thorarinsson)
Buckmaster (Herb Legowitz)
President Bongo (Stef Stefansson)
Earth (Urdur Hakonardottir)

Fun Facts
• Original members of the band included a former campaign manager of the Iceland Democratic Party, a few deejays (including a breakdancer), filmmakers, a computer scientist experimenting with virtual reality, a photographer, theater actors and a former teen pop star.
• A GusGus track, "Anthem," was featured in the 1998 critically acclaimed indie film by Darren Aronofsky, Pi. Another GusGus song, "Ladyshave," was featured on a Mitsubishi Eclipse commercial.
• GusGus performed at the 1999, 2000 and 2002 Iceland Airwaves music festivals. At the 1999 Airwaves gig, GusGus performed in an aircraft hangar, along with other Icelandic bands.


Discography
Polydistortion 1997 (4AD)
This Is Normal 1999 (4AD)
Vs. T-World 2000 (4AD)
Attention 2002 (Moonshine Music)

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