GusGus, Iceland's leading techno-/soul band saw the light of day for the first time in 1995, during a break in the making of the shortcut "Pleasure". Initially GusGus was as a multimedia collective that combined sexually tinged dance music with visual arts and shorts made by the group's members.
A self-titled debut album appeared on their Kjól & Anderson imprint in conjunction with the screening of "Pleasure" and immediately caused a buzz on the scene in their native land. Eventually its euphoric grooves and sensual beats reached the demanding ears of UK's 4AD Records, which signed the band in 1996. After the release of their 4AD debut and second album "Polydistortion," the collective started touring relentlessly to a wide acclaim that has been enforced to this day.
They released their eighth album, Arabian Horse
, in 2011.
Gus Gus has had a varied lineup, including:
* Birgir Þórarinsson (a.k.a. Biggi Veira or Biggo)
* Daníel Ágúst Haraldsson
* Magnús Jónsson (a.k.a. Blake)
* Sigurður Kjartansson (a.k.a. Siggi Kinski)
* Stefán Árni Þorgeirsson
* Hafdís Huld Hákonardóttir
* Emilíana Torrini Davíðsdóttir
* Urður Hákonardóttir (a.k.a. Earth)
* Magnús Guðmundsson (a.k.a. Herb Legowitz a.k.a. Buckmaster DeLaCruz, The Fox, Fuckmaster, or Herr Legowitz)
* Stephan Stephensen (a.k.a. President Bongo, Alfred More, or President Penis)
* Baldur Stefánsson
Several lineup changes have occurred, and their current incarnation consists of three members (President Bongo, Daniel Agust and Biggi Veira). After their third album, This Is Normal
, the filmmaking arm of Gus Gus (Kjartansson and Árni Þorgeirsson) split off to form the production company Celebrator, now known as Arni & Kinski, which has produced award-winning advertisements and videos. A few former members such as Hafdís Huld
, Blake, and Daníel Ágúst
have gone solo, most notably though Emilíana Torrini
, who provided a song for the soundtrack to Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.
Gus Gus's music is eclectic, and although primarily classified with techno
music, they have experimented with numerous other styles. They have also remixed several famous artists, including Björk
, Depeche Mode
, and Sigur Rós
. Added to this they released the song Desire
with Ian Brown
in January 2004.
* Gus Gus
* This Is Normal
* Gus Gus vs. T-World
* Arabian Horse