Eyþór Arnalds - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Eyþór Arnalds

Eyþór Arnalds

Published July 9, 2004

Rokk í Reykjavík band: Tappi Tíkarrass
Best known for: Playing the cello bare chested

Part performance art group, part punk band,
Tappi Tíkarass’s performance in Rokk í Reykjavík
shows a very young Björk dressed and painted as a living
doll banging on a drum. The man who sang duet with
her in the film is Eyþór.
“Icelandic punk was not a copy, it was a very authentic scene. Tappi Tíkarrass was a good example of this. We had all the energy England had but the art was purely Icelandic. Icelandic history also I think affected the sound. We were a colony of Denmark, then for a long time even after independence, things were very strict, like Eastern Europe almost. There was a special tension building, the punk scene here was a release of that tension.”
Björk, of course, ascended to the heavens after the film. Jakob the bassist has been playing with Bubbi for many years and has joined Ego’s reunion. Eyjólfur the guitarist, imports hi-fi equipment for television and radio.
Eyþór soon quit TT and went to study cello and classical composing. Upon graduating he forms the band Todmobile, which becomes one of the biggest bands in Iceland. When the band quits he becomes director of the phone company Íslandssími and runs for the town council for the independence party. He is still a businessman, but Todmobile had a reunion and made an album with the Icelandic Symphony orchestra.
Current profession: Businessman

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