1,001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die: The Sugarcubes – “Birthday”

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Year: 1987

Album: Life’s Too Good

The international debut single from Iceland’s The Sugarcubes, in addition to being a great song, is important because it introduced to the world a young female singer named Bjork, and we’ve never been the same since.

Even at the young age of 22, she was a strong singer who had an incredible range from innocent softness to intense howl, which is demonstrated a minute into the song. But if you’re put off by Bjork’s strangeness, this song is much more accessible than her later solo work. Who knows, you might like this song so much that you’ll be excited about the new Bjork album.

Don’t bother trying to sing along with the song though (“I can’t understand what ‘Birthday’ is about. I always write the melodies, then the words come later. I’m not a poet…I just translate feeling into words.” she told Exposure).

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My Reactions To The Grammys (As Told By Pictures)

I was going to write a long piece on the 2013 Grammys, but I figured that showing pictures of my reactions would suffice.

Here are some visuals for my reactions to some of the night’s bigger revelations.

 

When my female friend asked me why Justin Beiber was not nominated for a Grammy.

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Whenever LL Cool J mentioned anything about Twitter.

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Anytime Taylor Swift was on TV

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When I realized Wiz Khalifa was actually asked to perform at the Grammys.

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When the Black Keys played with Dr. John.

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When Gotye beat out Fiona Apple, Bjork, M83, and Tom Waits for a Grammy.

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When Jack White performed.

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When Frank Ocean performed.

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When Mumford & Sons won the Album of the Year Grammy.

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When I realized that My Bloody Valentine was not asked to perform at the Grammys.

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When I realized that most of my friends don’t actually watch the Grammys.

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When I read all the funny tweets making fun of the Grammys.

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