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Einar Örn Benediktsson (born October 29 1962,
Reykjavík, Iceland) is a popular music
singer and trumpet player
who has worked with Björk
As a vocalist for The Sugarcubes, Einar was the subject of some
controversy. Some critics scorned him for his bizarre spoken-word
rants and discordant singing, which often overshadowed Björk's more
popular vocalizations. Others, however, defended his contributions
as an essential component of the group's free-spirited, chaotic
After the breakup of The Sugarcubes in 1992, Einar wrote a
newspaper column "Close Encounter" ("about daily life in
Reykjavík"), plugged records for Bad Taste and worked as a
bartender. Music went on the backburner: "I was discovering other
things, like family life. I wanted to make music a hobby
He recorded with Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson (HÖH) in
1992: "We were great friends who decided to make music for the hell
of it, and it turned into a record" (Frostbite, on One Little Indian). He also worked in
concert promotion (two Björk shows, The Prodigy, Fugees and Massive Attack) and co-founded
Reykjavík's first cybercafe The Siberia Cafe: 'We were too early.
Those who knew what it was all about preferred to do their Internet
hacking at home."
Worked for the Reykjavík Arts Festival before moving back to London in late 1997 to set up
OLI's Web sites: "I saw this gap, which I could fill. It's always
good to get a new perspective."
He's recording again, with Hilmar Örn and Sugarcubes drummer
Siggi, as Grindverk. "It's dance music for people who cannot dance.
It'll probably be instrumental too. It's not because people have
criticised me, I just don't think I've written anything I want to
sing." Grindverk released one record for FatCatRecords called
Gesundheit Von K.
As for a more permanent band, "I'm waiting to see if the
occasion arises. The Sugarcubes wasn't scripted, remember. Of
course, I'm older but I would treat the occasion with the same
In December 2003 Einar embarked on his first solo project. He
debuted with an album called Ghostigital, recorded with producer Curver. It was released by Honest
Jons Records in December 2003. The name of this first album would
later turn into the name of a band, comprising Einar and Curver and
a host of collaborators. The music is described as "electronic beat
music", drawing in elements of dub, hip-hop, rock and noise, combined with Einar's idiosyncratic
In 2005, Ghostigital signed with Ipecac Recordings, the label run by
Faith No More
singer Mike Patton.
Their first Ipecac release, In Cod We Trust, was released
in March 2006. On this record his son Kaktus plays trumpet.
His sexuality has been the subject of some confusion. In 1989,
media reports announced that Einar and his (male) Sugarcubes
bandmate Bragi Ólafsson had entered into a civil union agreement
in Denmark, which was widely
reported as the first gay marriage
in pop music history.
This was a hoax perpetuated by the alleged newly-weds themselves,
who sent a fax to One Little Indian (their management in England)
announcing their marriage. The office staff took their announcement
at face value and released the story to the press. However, neither
man has given any further indication as to their sexualities and it
is understood that with marriage came a pair of state-funded
contact lenses, which were very costly at the time, providing
incentive to unite.