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Studio album by Björk Guðmundsdóttir & tríó Guðmundar Ingólfssonar
Released October 1990
Recorded 23 August 1990, 1 and 3 September 1990
Studio Stúdio Sýrland
Length 50:39
Producer Tómas Tómasson
Björk chronology
(1977) Björk1977
(1990) Gling-Gló1990
(1993) Debut1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]
All About Jazz3.5/5 stars[2]

Gling-Gló is the first and only studio album by Björk Guðmundsdóttir & tríó Guðmundar Ingólfssonar, consisting of Björk Guðmundsdóttir on vocals, Guðmundur Ingólfsson on piano, Guðmundur Steingrímsson on drums, and Þórður Högnason on bass. "Gling-gló" is an Icelandic onomatopoeia whose English equivalent is "ding dong", or the sound that a bell makes.

Most of the songs were recorded on 1 September and 3 September 1990 at Stúdio Sýrland, except for two tracks, which were recorded on 23 August 1990. It was produced by Tómas Magnús Tómasson, the bassist of Stuðmenn. The album was released in October 1990 by Smekkleysa. It received mixed reviews by critics.

Background and recording[edit]

Most of the songs were recorded on 1 September and 3 September 1990 at Stúdio Sýrland. "Ruby Baby" and "I Can't Help Loving that Man" were recorded on 23 August 1990 on Ríkisútvarpið (National Icelandic Broadcasting Service) for Djasskaffi, a radio programme hosted by Ólafur Þórðarsson.[3] It was produced by Tómas Magnús Tómasson, the bassist of Stuðmenn.


Gling-Gló contains Icelandic themes, and most of the songs are sung in Icelandic.[4] There are also five versions of English language songs by other artists: "Ruby Baby", by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and the jazz song "I Can't Help Loving That Man", by Oscar Hammerstein II and Jerome Kern; and in Icelandic "Það sést ekki sætari mey", and is misattributed in the album notes and on the CD as having been written by "Rogers/Hammerstein", but is in reality a completely reworded cover of "You Can't Get a Man with a Gun" by Irving Berlin from the famous musical Annie Get Your Gun. There is also the Icelandic version of "Sway", "Í dansi með þér". Additionally, "Bílavísur" is a reworked rendition of "The Blacksmith Blues", first performed by Ella Mae Morse. "Ég veit ei hvað skal segja" is also a reworked rendition of "Ricochet Romance". "Pabbi minn" is an Icelandic version of "O Mein Papa".

Track listing[edit]

All tracks produced by Tómas Tómasson.[5]

No.TitleWriter(s)English translation[a]Length
1."Gling gló"
  • Alfreð Clausen
  • Kristín Engilbertsdóttir
"Ding Dong"2:43
3."Kata rokkar"Theodór Einarsson"Kata rocks"2:58
4."Pabbi Minn"
"My papa"2:42
5."Brestir og brak"
  • Jón Múli Árnason
  • Jónas Árnason
"Crackle and bang"3:20
6."Ástartöfrar"Valdimar Auðunsson"Lovecharm"2:46
7."Bella símamær"
  • Mark Fontenoy
  • Loftur Guðmundsson
"Bella the operator"2:39
8."Litli tónlistarmaðurinn"
  • Jack Holmes
  • Jón Sigurðsson
"The little musician"3:25
9."Þad Sést Ekki Sætari Mey"
"There is no sweeter girl"4:03
  • Holmes
  • Sigurðsson
"Car song"2:40
  • Sigfús Halldórsson
  • Tómas Guðmundsson
12."Ég Veit Ei Hvað Skal Segja"
"I don't know what to say"3:05
13."Í Dansi Með þér""In the dance with you"2:28
14."Börnin við tjörnina"Jenni Jónsson"The children by the pond"2:50
15."Ruby Baby" 4:06
16."I Can’t Help Loving That Man" 3:41
Total length:50:39


Credits adapted from the liner notes of Gling-Gló.[5]

  • Björk Guðmundsdóttir — vocals, harmonica
  • Guðmundur Ingólfsson — piano, tambourine
  • Guðmundur Steingrímsson — drums, maracas, Christmas bells
  • Þórður Högnason — bass
  • Tómas Magnús Tómasson — production, mixing
  • Georg Magnússon — technician (tracks 15, 16)
  • Óskar Jónasson — photography, cover


  1. ^ English translations not official.
  2. ^ Sleeve mentions "Lag: Rodgers And Hammerstein" as the songwriters, but the actual composer is Irving Berlin.[5]


  1. ^ Layne, Joslyn. "Gling-Gló - Björk, Gudmundar Ingólfsson Trio". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 26 July 2017. 
  2. ^ Sabbatini, Mark (24 September 2004). "Bj: Gling-Gl". All About Jazz. Retrieved 26 July 2017. 
  3. ^ Van Hooste, Wim. ""Gling-Gló" by Björk Guðmundsdóttir & Tríó Guðmundar Ingólfssonar". Retrieved 26 July 2017. 
  4. ^ "Gling-Gló - Björk". Retrieved 26 July 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c Gling-Gló (CD liner notes). Björk Guðmundsdóttir & tríó Guðmundar Ingólfssonar. Smekkleysa. 1990. 
  6. ^ "Gling-Glo by Björk on Apple Music". iTunes. 9 March 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2017. 

External links[edit]

Note: This article features Icelandic characters. For more information, see Icelandic language.