Gunnar Bjerk – “Back Then”

Gunnar Bjerk – “Back Then”

Perhaps tired of the dry and arid swaths of Arizona, Gunnar Bjerk packed up and headed to the big apple to make it big as a sound engineer. He eventually caught up with DFA label owner James Murphy (better known to most as LCD Soundsystem) and got his grind on under his tutelage. After long days behind the boards crafting sonic tapestries for LCD, The Crystal Ark, and Shit Robot, Gunnar would head home to work on his own compositions of mostly light and romantic nature, perhaps inspired by his girlfriend whom he left behind in Arizona. But don’t worry, all ends–or rather begins–promisingly for this chap with Icelandic surname: His first two singles bode swayingly well and are up for sale at DFA, while the girlfriend has finally made it to NYC. Time to disco!

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  1. Kara-Lis Coverdale
    Apr 26, 2011 @ 18:58:42

    Haha! There was a spelling error in the original post — when i glanced at the article I noticed the WRONG spelling (with an E), and then wrote my response based around an erroneous spelling which made no sense, hah, so I deleted it (and fixed the article), not thinking you would be so fast to see it let alone respond. Ah, so confusing. HAHA. The “Musical Gunnar” is in fact spelt with an A as you mentioned above–> Gunnar Bjerk.

    I don’t think “Gunner” with an E refers to anything except for … gun slingers ? : )

    Gunnar is probably a character in a ton of Icelandic sagas since, like you said, it’s a popular name in those parts. But, the one I know of is the Njáls saga, a good old fashioned blood bath that paints Gunnar a hero . . .


  2. Garth
    Apr 26, 2011 @ 18:41:21

    Now my comment appears irrelevant because some of your reply is missing. Ignore it then.

  3. Garth
    Apr 26, 2011 @ 18:39:47

    I am now confused haha. Is the “musical Gunner” the one of the article? His name is spelled with an A like you pointed out earlier. The first name is of Nordic origin, so the name is commonly used throughout those countries(Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden). The names and variants in each country all mean the same thing for both Gunnar and Bjerk.

    Which Icelandic sagas are you talking about? I am interested in reading more.

  4. Kara-Lis Coverdale
    Apr 26, 2011 @ 18:32:17

    Haha, thanks Garth.

    It may have been Björk I was thinking of, but I was probably motivated to credit Iceland more by the first name than the last to be honest (even though I said surname in the article). I was thinking of GUNNAR, who is of course the dude from the Icelandic sagas.


  5. Garth
    Apr 26, 2011 @ 18:14:29

    I hate to criticize over something trivial, but the surname Bjerk is of Norwegian origin. It is the Bokmål variant of bjørk meaning birch. The Icelandic name you’re thinking of is Björk which is identical to the spelling of the famous singer. Just a bit of etymology for you. Otherwise, this is well written and spot on.

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