Thursday, November 09, 2006
Biography Unun @ Roskilde 1997
Unun is an Icelandic band whose bassist Dr Gunni has his roots back in Icelandic rock's golden age from 1979-82. He played in bands like S.H. Draumur and Bless before embarking on a solo career in 1991 which he dropped in August 1993 when he began to write songs with guitarist Thor Eldon previously of the legendary Sugarcubes. They "discovered" singer Heida and Unun recorded its first album "ae" as a trio. The Icelandic-language album was released in late 1994 to brilliant reviews and in 1995 it was voted Album of the Year at the Icelandic Grammy Awards. After that the trio became a quintet with the addition of keyboard player Jóhann Jóhansson and drummer "bó". In April 1995, the group flew producer Ken Thomas in and together they re-recorded the material from "ae", released to positive response as "Super Shiny Dreams" in Europe and the USA after which the group toured most of the two continents, including a stint as support for Eldon's ex-Sugarcube colleague, Björk.