Here Today, Tomorrow Next Week!

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Here Today, Tomorrow Next Week!
Studio album by The Sugarcubes
Released September 1989
Recorded Spring/Summer 1989, Studio Syrland, Reykjavik
Genre Alternative rock
Length 51:45
Label Elektra
Producer The Sugarcubes and Derek Birkett
The Sugarcubes chronology
Life's Too Good
Here Today, Tomorrow Next Week!
Stick Around for Joy
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau B+[3]

Here Today, Tomorrow Next Week! was the second album by the Icelandic alternative rock-pop band The Sugarcubes, released in October 1989.

The name of the album was inspired by Mr. Toad from the famous children's book by Kenneth Grahame The Wind in the Willows.

A version of the album sung in Icelandic was also released, titled Illur Arfur ("bad legacy").

Contrary to their debut album Life's Too Good, Here Today, Tomorrow Next Week! was not well received by critics.

Track listing[edit]

Track Title Length
1 Tidal Wave 02:56
2 Regina 04:04
3 Speed Is the Key 03:18
4 Dream TV 03:12
5 Nail 03:17
6 Pump 04:25
7 Eat the Menu 03:44
8 Bee 02:27
9 Dear Plastic 03:23
10 Shoot Him 02:10
11 Water 03:01
12 A Day Called Zero 02:38
13 Planet 03:22
14 Hey 03:21
15 Dark Disco 1 03:00
16 Hot Meat 03:14

Track notes[edit]

14, 15, and 16: only featured on the CD and MC releases.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
UK Albums Chart 15
U.S. Billboard 200 70


Release Title Format Label
June 1989 Regina 7”/12”/MC/CD One Little Indian/Elektra/Rough Trade Records
1989 Tidal Wave CD Rough Trade Records
January, 1990 Planet 7”/12”/MC/CD One Little Indian/Rough Trade Records/Elektra

Video clip[edit]

  • ”Planet”, directed by Óskar Jónasson.
  • ”Eat the Menu”.
  • ”Regina”.
  • ”Tidal Wave”.



Vocals: Björk Guðmundsdóttir and Einar Örn Benediktsson.
Trumpet: Einar Örn Benediktsson.
Guitars: Þór Eldon Jónsson.
Keyboards: Margrét Örnólfsdóttir.
Bass: Bragi Ólafsson.
Drums and percussion: Sigtryggur Baldursson.
Lyrics and music: The Sugarcubes.

”Tidal Wave” Brass arrangement: Oli Gaukur. Tenor saxophone and MD: Gary Barnacle. Trombone: Pete Thomas. Baritone saxophone: Nigel Hitchcock. Trumpets: John Thirkell and Stewart Brooks. Bass Trombone: Kenny Hamilton.
”Planet” String recordings: Mike Ross at CBS Studios. Conduction and arrangement: Chris Cameron. 1st. violin: G. Wright. Violins: W. Gibson, D. Woodcock, R. Garland, B. Croft, M. Berrow, B. Wilde, E. Edwards, B. Benham, and P. Oxer. Viola: G. Jackson, I. Andrade, G. Robertson, D. Emanuel. Cello: P. Kegg, M. Loveday, A. Pleeth, and B. Kennard. Contractor: I. Griffiths.

Acknowledgement: Paul Ellis for technical assistance and Derek Birkett for his input.


Bonus tracks production: The Sugarcubes and Derek Birkett.
Recording: Brian Pugsley at Syrland studios.
Additional recordings: Gerad Johnson, Will Gosling, Julian Withers, and Gail Lambourne at Orinoco Studios, London. Phil Bodger at Strong Room Studios. Brad Grisdale at Berry Street Studios. Ian Horne and Birkett at Liquidator studios.
Production: The Sugarcubes and Derek Birkett.
Mix: Pétur Gíslason at CBS Roof Top Studios, with the exception of 1, 9, and 10 which were mixed by Derek Birkett at Orinoco Studios, and 3 which was mixed by Sigtryggur Baldursson at CBS Studios.


  1. ^ Dougan, John. "allmusic ((( Here Today, Tomorrow Next Week! > Review )))". Allmusic. Retrieved March 20, 2010. 
  2. ^ Brackett, Nathan. "The Sugarcubes". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. November 2004. pg. 791, cited March 20, 2010
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "The Sugarcubes"., Retrieved on March 20, 2010.