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Bubbi Morthens
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Bubbi Morthens
Background information
Birth name Ásbjörn Kristinsson Morthens
Born (1956-06-06) 6 June 1956 (age 62)
Origin Reykjavík, Iceland
Genres Rock, blues, reggae
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, harmonica
Years active 1979–present

Iðunnn (1980)
Steinar (1980–1983; 1990–1992)
Safarí (1984)
Gramm (1985–1988)
Mistlur (1986–1988)
Geisli (1989)
Skífan (1993–1996; 1997–2004)
Mál Og Menning (1996)

Sena (2006–present)
Blindsker (2006–present)
Associated acts GCD
Das Kapital
Website Official homepage
Bubbi Morthens, Laugardalsvöllur, Iceland (2007)

Bubbi Morthens (born 6 June 1956, Reykjavík)[1] is an Icelandic singer and songwriter.

Born as Ásbjörn Kristinsson Morthens,[1] "Bubbi" as it is a common nickname for Ásbjörn. Aside from a lengthy solo career, he has been a member of such Icelandic bands as Utangarðsmenn and Egó.


Morthens recorded his first solo album in 1979,[1] a blend of rock, blues and reggae, and published it the following year as Ísbjarnarblús.

In Utangarðsmenn

His first important band was Utangarðsmenn (The Outsiders),[1] a punk band that led the new wave movement in Iceland. The band was formed with Michael D. Pollock (Mickey Dean), Daniel Pollock (Dirty Dan), drummer Magnús Stefánsson and bassist Rúnar Erlingsson. Utangarðsmenn gained renown in Iceland by means of extensive press coverage and several gigs, including three at Laugardalshöll, Iceland's biggest sports arena, where one of the gigs they performed was as supporting band for The Clash. Bubbi left the band after the fourth album, Í Upphafi Skyldi Endinn Skoða in 1981, and the others continued the band with the new name "Bodies".

In Egó

At that time, Bubbi and his brother, Bergþór, were joined by bassist Þorleifur Guðjónsson, and formed the band Egó. The band had their first tour in Reykjavík when Magnús Stefánsson and Tómas Magnús Tómasson replaced departing original band members. The band's debut album, Breyttir Tímar, released 1 April 1982, became one of the best-selling albums in Icelandic music history, climbing to second place on the Icelandic album chart, and staying in the top ten for 19 weeks. During the promotional tour for the album in Iceland, Þorleifur left the band and was replaced by Rúnar Erlingsson.

Egó followed up with Í Mynd the same year and it was considered better than the previous album. With this release, Egó toured Scandinavia, where Magnús Stefánsson decided to leave the band and was replaced by Jökull Úlfsson, and the band was extended once more with the addition of Gunnar Rafnsson on keyboards.

Internal conflicts led the band to break up but, having signed a contract under which they were obliged to release another album, they did not split up until after releasing their final work in 1984. Bubbi left Iceland and the musicians continued along different paths. In 2001, Egó reunited to release a compilation under the title of Í Upphafi Skyldi Endinn Skoða.

In Das Kapital

Later in 1984, Bubbi returned to Iceland and formed a rock and roll band called Das Kapital and released an album called Lili Marlene; the band broke up afterwards.


In 1985, he signed with Swedish record label Mistlur, and released Frelsi til Sölu (Freedom for Sale) which brought further commercial success. Dögun (Dawning), was released in 1987, and became a smash success. Bubbi's popularity was finally established in 1990 with the release of Sögur af Landi, which received good reviews.

In MX-21

Towards 1987 Bubbi joined guitarist Þorsteinn Magnússon (former member of Þeyr), Jakob Smári Magnússon (former bassist of Tappi Tíkarrass), drummer Halldór Lárusson and keyboardist Tómas Magnús Tómasson to form a new group called MX-21. The band collaborated with Megas and Sykurmolarnir (later known as The Sugarcubes) on Skytturnar, the soundtrack to the film directed by Friðrik Þór Friðriksson.


By the early 1990s, Bubbi was planning to record a Spanish-language album; this work was consolidated with the release of Von (Hope), which was recorded in Cuba with the band Sierra Maestra. In 1993, Bubbi moved towards a mellower country music style with the release of Lífið er Ljúft (Life is Good), and in 1994 experimented with rap music in the album 3 Heimar (3 Worlds).

In G.C.D.

In the 1990s, Bubbi joined Rúnar Júlíusson to form a rock band called G.C.D. He recorded a tribute album for his beloved crooner uncle, Haukur Morthens, and a spoken word album of original poetry in 1996. In 1998, Arfur (Heritage), an album featuring traditional Icelandic rhymes and ballads, was released.


With Utangarðsmenn, (1980–1981)[edit]



  • 1980 – Geislavirkir (Steinar)
  • 1981 – Í Upphafi Skyldi Endinn Skoða (Steinar), compilation release
  • 1994 – Utangarðsmenn (Japís), Live
  • 2000 – Fuglinn Er Floginn (Skífan), compilation release


  • 1981 – Flugur (Steinar) Icelandic compilation
  • 1981 – Gæðapopp (???), Icelandic compilation
  • 1981 – Northern Lights Playhouse (Fálkinn), Icelandic compilation
  • 1982 – Næst á Dagskrá (Steinar), Icelandic compilation
  • 1985 – Með Lögum Skal Land Byggja (Steinar), Icelandic compilation
  • 1998 – Nælur (Spor), Icelandic compilation
  • 2006 – Rokkskífan (Skífan), Icelandic compilation

Discography of Egó[edit]

Discography of Egó (1982–1984, 2001, 2009–present):


  • 1982 – Breyttir Tímar (Steinar)
  • 1982 – Í Mynd (Steinar)
  • 1984 – Egó (Steinar)
  • 2001 – Frá Upphafi Til Enda (Skífan), compilation release
  • 2009 – 6. Október (Sena)


  • 2009 – "Kannski Varð Bylting Vorið 2009" (Sena); only released on the internet
  • 2009 – "Í Hjarta Mér" (Sena); only released on the internet
  • 2009 – "Fallegi Lúserinn Minn" (Sena); only released on the internet
  • 2009 – "Ástin Ert Þú Á Litinn" (Sena); only released on the internet
  • 2009 – "Engill Ræður För" (Sena); only released on the internet
  • 2014 – "Ég fyrirgef þér allt"[citation needed]


Featuring on film[edit]

Discography of Das Kapital[edit]


  • 1984 – Lili Marlene (Gramm)


  • 1987 – Geyser – Anthology of the Icelandic Independent Music Scene of the Eighties (Enigma Records), Icelandic compilation

Discography of MX-21[edit]


  • 1987 – Skapar Fegurðin Hamingju? (Gramm)


  • 1987 – Skytturnar (Gramm), soundtrack to the film directed by Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
  • 1987 – Lífið Er Lag (Steinar), Icelandic compilation
  • 1993 – Bíólögin (Spor), Icelandic compilation
  • 1999 – Sögur 1980–1990 (Íslenskir Tónar)
  • 2007 – Óskalögin 8 (Íslenskir Tónar), Icelandic compilation
  • 2007 – 100 Íslensk 80's lög (Íslenskir Tónar), Icelandic compilation

Discography of Bubbi & Megas[edit]


  • 1988 – Bláir Draumar (Gramm)

Discography of G.C.D.[edit]



  • 1991 – Forskot á Sæluna (Steinar)
  • 1992 – Minningartónleikar um Karl J. Sighvatsson (Steinar)
  • 1993 – Heyrðu aftur '93 (Skífan), Icelandic compilation
  • 1995 – Pottþétt '95 (Potþétt), Icelandic compilation
  • 1995 – Svalasmellir (Skífan)
  • 1996 – Undarlegt með unga Menn (Spor)
  • 1997 – Pottþétt Rokk (Skífan/Spor), Icelandic compilation
  • 1999 – Pottþétt Sumar(Skífan), Icelandic compilation
  • 1999 – Dulbúin Gæfa í Tugatali (Geimsteinn)
  • 2000 – Pottþétt Rokk 2 (Skífan), Icelandic compilation
  • 2003 – Óskalögin 7 (Íslenskir Tónar), Icelandic compilation
  • 2004 – Óskalögin 8 (Íslenskir Tónar), Icelandic compilation
  • 2006 – 100 Íslenskir Sumarsmellir (Íslenskir Tónar), Icelandic compilation
  • 2008 – 100 Bestu Lög Lýðveldsins (Íslenskir Tónar), Icelandic compilation

Discography of Bubbi Morthens & Björn Jr. Friðbjörnsson[edit]


  • 2008 – "Ég Er Kominn Heim" (Sena), Only released on the internet


  • 2008 – Pottþétt 46 (Sena)

Discography of Bubbi Morthens & Björgvin Halldórsson[edit]


  • 2013 – "Það er gott að elska" (from the Duet 3 album)

Bubbi Morthens solo discography[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

Solo EPs[edit]

  • 1988 – 56 (Gramm)
  • 1989 – Hver er Næstur? (Geisli)
  • 1999 – Mér Líkar Það (Íslenskir Tónar)

Solo singles[edit]

  • 1988 – "Moon in the Gutter" (Mistlur); taken from the Mistlur LP Serbian Flower
  • 2004 – "Nei Nei Nei – Tjáningarfrelsi" (Skífan)
  • 2005 – "Þú" (Skífan); taken from Ást; only released on the internet
  • 2005 – "Ástin Getur Aldrei Orðið Gömul Frétt", Taken from Í 6 Skrefa Fjarlægð Frá Paradís (Skífan); only released on the internet
  • 2006 – "Grafir Og Bein" (Sena),Taken from Lögin Mín; only released on the internet
  • 2007 – "Ísbjarnarblús (Sena); only released on the internet
  • 2008 – "Ég Er Kominn Heim" with Björn Jr. Friðbjörnsson, (Sena); only released on the internet
  • 2010 – "Sól" (Sena); only released on the internet
  • 2011 – "Ísabella" (Sena); only released on the internet
  • 2011 – "Blik Þinna Augna" (Sena); only released on the internet
  • 2011 – "Háskaleikur" (Sena); only released on the internet
  • 2012 – "Þorpið" with Mugison (Sena); only released on the internet
  • 2013 – "Brosandi börn"
  • 2013 – "Allt var það krónunni að kenna"
  • 2013 – "Trúðu á ljósið"
  • 2013 – "Hátíð í bæ"
  • 2014 – "Ég fyrirgef þér allt"

Featuring and collaborations[edit]

Related bibliography[edit]

  • Rokksaga Íslands (Gestur Guðmundsson; Forlagið) (1990)


  1. ^ a b c d "Bubbi Morthens – English". Bubbi.is. Retrieved 2017-01-09.