Sigur Rós

Sigur Rós are one of the most successful Icelandic bands of all time, their origins dating back to 1994, when three teenagers, Jónsi Birgisson, Ágúst Ævar Gunnarsson and Georg Hólm, joined together to form a band. The choice of the name Sigur Rós is dictated by the fact that Birgisson's granddaughter named Sigurrós was born, a very common name in Iceland meaning "rose of victory." After a first single, "Fljúgðu," they were immediately noticed by Björk, who included the song on her own record. Sigur Rós remained confined to Icelandic territory until their first album, "Von," saw the light of day in 1997, followed in 1998 by a remix, "Recycle Bin." In 1999 the band released "Ágætis Byrjun," which achieved great international success. I Sigur Rós they begin to achieve prestigious recognition outside Iceland as well, and, thanks to their triumph, they front bands such as Godspeed You!, Black Emperor and to the Radiohead, as well as participating in numerous festivals around Europe, also receiving positive reviews from Entertainment Weekly and The Wire in the United States. At the end of 2001, "Ágætis Byrjun" was declared The Best Icelandic Album of the Century. Many songs by the Icelandic group have been included in soundtracks for movies, TV series and video games. These include Cameron Crowe's "Vanilla Sky," Danny Boyle's "127 Hours," Giulio Berruti's "Taste of Love," Wes Anderson's "The Aquatic Adventures of Steve Zissou," and "Dragon Trainer." Sigur Rós then wrote the entire soundtrack for Cameron Crowe's "My Life is a Zoo." While several tracks are featured in the TV series "The Walking Dead," "The Vampires Diaries" and "Game of Thrones," and in trailers for the video games "The Prince of Persia," "Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag," and "Dead Space."