We just got back from three great weeks in Iceland. It was funny riding in buses and hearing 70s North American pop or sometimes even 40s and 50s crooning because everything we had heard was that Iceland had a vibrant music culture. There even was the running joke about none of the drivers or guides particularly liking Bjork!!
Finally, on a small 4 by 4 bus tour, I spotted some CDs and asked if we could hear some local music. “Well” said our driver, “there is Sigur Ros”. To which I replied that I had heard them on our local radio and liked them. The entire bus was curious so of course I had to shamelessly advertise CKUA and their hand-picked music. It seems that most tourists aren’t interested in Icelandic music (or maybe don’t hear anything but top 40 North American pop at home) but we had a rollicking good couple of days exploring our driver’s music collection of Sigur Ros, Hjalmar and Vikivaki. Thanks CKUA.
Thanks as well to Sarah Hoyles for playing Sigur Ros early in the morning on my first day back at work!!