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The Record Stores of Reykjavík: Smekkleysa (Bad Taste)

January 7, 2015

Originally posted on the 405

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Here’s the story:

Smekkleysa SM/Bad Taste SM, was established in Iceland in 1986, by a group of young artists and musicians, who had been active since the Icelandic punk explosion in the early eighties. Part of their world domination or death manifesto, was to create a pop band with The Sugarcubes which in turn became the backbone for Smekkleysa SMs activities over the next few years.

The company has since grown from being an experimental cultural organization into a fully active record company. It has developed and worked with some of Icelands most interesting artists, e.g. The Sugarcubes, Björk, Sigur Rós, Múm, Mínus, Ghostigital, Curver, Ske, Slowblow, Kimono and Jan Mayen.

The shop is a museum at the same time and hosts the traveling exhibition, Lobster or Fame two decades of Bad Taste. This is the only existing exhibition about Icelandic popular culture and includes historic moments in the culture that the Sugarcubes and the movement of Icelandic artists around them initiated over 20 years ago.

You can find Smekkleysa (Bad Taste) at Laugavegur 35, 101 Reykjavík. For more information, head here.

Smekkleysa (Bad Taste Records)


Smekkleysa (Bad Taste Records)

Smekkleysa (Bad Taste Records)

Smekkleysa (Bad Taste Records)

Smekkleysa (Bad Taste Records)

Smekkleysa (Bad Taste Records)

Smekkleysa (Bad Taste Records)

Smekkleysa (Bad Taste Records)

Smekkleysa (Bad Taste Records)

Smekkleysa (Bad Taste Records)

Smekkleysa (Bad Taste Records)

Smekkleysa (Bad Taste Records)

Smekkleysa (Bad Taste Records)

Smekkleysa (Bad Taste Records)

Smekkleysa (Bad Taste Records)

Smekkleysa (Bad Taste Records)

Smekkleysa (Bad Taste Records)

Smekkleysa (Bad Taste Records)

 

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Smekkleysa (Bad Taste Records)

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Smekkleysa (Bad Taste Records)

Smekkleysa (Bad Taste Records)

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