Björk

Björk

Real Name:
Björk Guðmundsdóttir
Profile:
Icelandic singer and musician.

Born: 21 November 1965 in Reykjavík, Iceland.

Well known for her creative compositional style and distinct singing, Björk's recording career began in 1977 at the age of 11, when she released (as Björk Guðmundsdóttir) her first album, while studying piano and flute at music school. Although the album became platinum, she refused to make another disco-folk follow-up and, at the age of 13, formed her first short-lived punk band, all-girl alliance Spit and Snot (Saliva and Phlegm), where she played the drums. Later on she was involved in projects such as Exodus and Jam 80, all of which without known record releases.

In 1982 she launched punk-pop Tappi Tíkarrass (Cork The Bitch's Arse), releasing an EP and a LP, before she turned into a "serious" rebel by joining forces of the political "existential jazz-punk" of Kukl (Witchcraft), releasing three records. While Björk's vocal expression had matured in Kukl, she attracted worldwide prominence for the first time as one of the lead vocalists of the avant-pop Icelandic sextet The Sugarcubes.

In 1992 she emigrated to the UK, launched a solo career and quickly eclipsed her old band's popularity. Rather than following the Sugarcubes' artsy guitar rock, Björk immersed herself in dance and club culture, working with many of the biggest names in the genre, and receiving remix treatments from Underworld, Dom T., Fluke, µ-Ziq, Goldie, Mika Vainio, Alec Empire, Bogdan Raczynski, Beastie Boys and others.

Her first album Debut established her new artistic direction and became an international hit, making her one of the '90s most unlikely stars. Although the album was recorded with producer Nellee Hooper in 1993, its songs were actually composed during the previous ten years while she was in bands.

Björk quickly developed as a producer, moving from co-producer role on her early albums to full producer role in her later work, as her Music Producers Guild Award for Innovation in the category of production testifies. She is well recognized in both pop and experimental music worlds: her album Vespertine became album of the year by The Wire Magazine in 2001 and she won more than 20 awards in Europe and received 15 nominations in the US.

While Björk developed her unconventional song structures, she has worked with many renowned artists, mainly in the realm of electronic music. One of her long-time friends and main collaborators was Mark Bell of LFO who co-produced many of her songs and even co-wrote a number of pieces over the years. There are other artists who played important roles in the creative part of her work: Guy Sigsworth, Icelandic poet Sjón who helped on lyrics for some of her key songs and video director Michel Gondry.

Acts such as Plaid, Leila, Matmos, Talvin Singh were at times part of her live band. Furthermore, she has shortly worked together with Howie B., Graham Massey, Tricky, Eumir Deodato, Mike Patton, Matthew Herbert, John Tavener, Evelyn Glennie and has sung duets with Thom Yorke, PJ Harvey, Catherine Deneuve and Anthony Hegarty.
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Björk Discography

Albums

521 323-2 Björk Debut (Album) One Little Indian 521 323-2 Taiwan 1993 Sell This Version
529 433-2, DG 0491 Björk Post (Album) One Little Indian 529 433-2, DG 0491 South Korea 1995 Sell This Version
MUMC9706, 539 660-4 Björk Homogenic (Album) One Little Indian MUMC9706, 539 660-4 Thailand 1997 Sell This Version
549 205-4, 07314 Björk Selmasongs (Album) One Little Indian 549 205-4, 07314 India 2000 Sell This Version
none Bjork* Press Conference 13/7/00(CDr, Promo) Polydor none Europe 2000 Sell This Version
589000-2 Björk Vespertine (Album) One Little Indian 589000-2 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
none Bjork* Press Conference 21/8/01(CDr, Promo) Polydor none Europe 2001 Sell This Version
none ビョーク* Livebox Sampler One Little Indian none Japan 2003 Sell This Version
OLI362 Björk Post Live (Album) One Little Indian OLI362 US 2004 Sell This Version
60249866580 Björk Vespertine Live (Album) One Little Indian 60249866580 Brazil 2004 Sell This Version
none Björk Medúlla (Album) One Little Indian none US 2004 Sell This Version
60249866582 Björk Debut Live (Album) One Little Indian 60249866582 Brazil 2004 Sell This Version
9866584 Björk Homogenic Live (Album) One Little Indian 9866584 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
OLI 467 Björk / Various Björk / Various - ‹Army Of Me› Remixes And Covers (Album) One Little Indian OLI 467 US 2005 Sell This Version
TPLP459CD Björk The Music From Matthew Barney's Drawing Restraint 9 (Album) One Little Indian TPLP459CD UK 2005 Sell This Version
1733524 Björk Volta (Album) One Little Indian 1733524 Europe 2007 Sell This Version
519646-2 Björk Voltaïc (Comp) One Little Indian 519646-2 US 2009 Sell This Version
none Björk Biophilia (Album) One Little Indian none Denmark 2011 Sell This Version
CAS-2014-00081 Björk Biophilia Live (Album) One Little Indian CAS-2014-00081 Mexico 2014 Sell This Version
TPLP1317DL Björk Vulnicura Strings (Album) One Little Indian TPLP1317DL UK 2015 Sell This Version
tplp1318cd Björk Vulnicura Live (Album) One Little Indian tplp1318cd UK & US 2015 Sell This Version
tplp1231cdx Björk Vulnicura (Album) One Little Indian tplp1231cdx Taiwan 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

WMC5-372 808 State Featuring Bjork* 808 State Featuring Bjork* - Ooops (Single, Maxi) ZTT, ZTT WMC5-372 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
BJ DJ 123 Björk, The Sabres Of Paradise Björk, The Sabres Of Paradise - Björk Cut By The Sabres Of Paradise One Little Indian BJ DJ 123 UK 1993 Sell This Version
859575-2 Björk Human Behaviour (Single, Maxi) One Little Indian 859575-2 Australia 1993 Sell This Version

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ovixm

ovixm

May 17, 2016
So complicated XP
Bjork issued so many kinds on records on every single album
newgreyarea

newgreyarea

July 25, 2015
The colored vinyl reissues are crap! The vinyl is so thin! They sound ok, but I'm afraid they'll warp at room temperature . . or from the friction of being on a turntable. Hah!
Mutombe

Mutombe

February 3, 2014
she's real, no faking
kuma.chan

kuma.chan

January 8, 2010
Bjork has reinvented the single. Each one comes as a fantastically wasteful package with a whole bunch of inner sleeves and oversized box, fancy bullshit graphics, £30 price tag for a double 12" with a tacked on cd single with the same tracks and a single track video. Don't think about coming out with some politically correct greentalk bullshit after these Bjork, each copy snips another millimetre off the ozone layer! What happened to the plain sleeve and the £10 price tag? Who wants to fight with lorryloads of glossy cardboard to get a record out and play it?
Crijevo

Crijevo

May 27, 2004
I remember first time hearing Bjork and her Sugarcube-mate Einar Orn screaming and shouting to the point where you couldn't tell one from another - and at some point it irritated the hell out of me but didn't stop me from falling in love with their music... Then Sugarcubes disbanded and Bjork went on and 'Human Behaviour' seemed a nice start of a solo career - athough many omit the fact she already released an obscure standards album when 12, somewhere in 1977... 'Debut' was a nice continuation without our ability to place her in any of explored musical drawers, as Bjork simply tells the truth - she sings and paint with emotions on equal terms. After 'Post' things seemed to be a bit worn-out for me personally and the more she exposed herself, the more it started getting on my nerves... Until I saw her live during 'Vespertine' and said to myself: hey - this lady isn't faking anything. She is just the way she is. She tells us the truth -beautiful, haunting, mesmerising, disturbing. Always as wild and temperamental while sensitive and fragile all the same. The closest a human being ever got to mother nature.
mudslut23

mudslut23

July 30, 2003
Sometimes you're sitting in your bedroom drawing or writing or creating music or something. And you just feel like you have so much talent and creativity. And then along comes Bjork to totally blow you out of the water. She's insanely genius at pretty much everything (writing, singing, performing, album artwork, videos, websites and now acting) and never does anything half assed. A constant reminder to other artists on how far they can, and have, to go. Always pushing boundaries! Fantastic to watch and listen to.
wombat2

wombat2

May 20, 2003
Bjork is a true artisan and adapts technology to accent her eccentric, powerful and emotional vocal style rather than employ tech to cover up or “make perfect”.

A powerbook tweaker as well as notebook scribbler, Bjork is what genuine talent and ingenuity looks like.

She is a breath of fresh air in these days of insipid synthetic diva/vixens.
iconocLast

iconocLast

November 9, 2001
edited over 14 years ago
;quite simply, the finest electronic music artist i have ever experienced, and one of the finest vocalists. each album she crafts pushes the envelope of her mainstream music-voice, while maintaining a firm collaborative foothold in bleeding edge electronic music and its finest artists; each is an inexplicable beautiful work of art: intensely personal, wholly unique, consummately detailed, and, paradoxically, both violently and subtly emotive.

;there will only ever be one björk.

;cRaig

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