The Universe and Me

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Not So Desperate Icelandic Housewives

Upcoming mockumentary currently without a title, although they are considering calling it “Heimilistónar in Pittsburgh.” Heimilistónar (translation: Housewives) is an Icelandic girl band composed of four accomplished actresses who in their spare time sing popular versions of old songs from the 60s and 70s in chirpy voices that tend to make my brain feel like someone is jabbing a knife through it. But if you want to hear “Sugar Sugar,” “What’s New Pussycat?” and “Please Mr Postman” in Icelandic, they’re your gals. Band leader Ólafía Hrönn Jónsdóttir recently lived in Bellevue, Pennsylvania while her husband was studying at a local gunsmithing school. Who has more fun than Icelanders? While there, Ólafía and her bandmates filmed an independent movie about their experiences of performing in nearby Pittsburgh. Friend, fellow actress and husky voiced big time Icelandic pop star Ragnhildur Gísladóttir was scheduled to join them, as she sometimes does, but couldn’t pass up an offer to perform at London’s Royal Albert Hall instead. Scenes in the mockumentary take place at Mt Washington, a Bellevue coffee shop and beauty salon, in addition to some local clubs. Move over Spinal Tap.


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