Real Name:
Björk Guðmundsdóttir
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.

Björk Discography


Björk Debut (Album) One Little Indian South Korea 1993 Sell This Version
Björk Post (Album) One Little Indian South Korea 1995 Sell This Version
Björk Homogenic (Album) One Little Indian South Korea 1997 Sell This Version
Björk Selmasongs (Album) One Little Indian India 2000 Sell This Version
none Bjork* Press Conference 13/7/00(CDr, Promo) Polydor none Europe 2000 Sell This Version
Björk Vespertine (Album) One Little Indian Europe 2001 Sell This Version
none Bjork* Press Conference 21/8/01(CDr, Promo) Polydor none Europe 2001 Sell This Version
ビョーク* Livebox Sampler One Little Indian Japan 2003 Sell This Version
Björk Post Live (Album) One Little Indian US 2004 Sell This Version
Björk Vespertine Live (Album) One Little Indian Brazil 2004 Sell This Version
Björk Medúlla (Album) One Little Indian UK 2004 Sell This Version
Björk Debut Live (Album) One Little Indian Brazil 2004 Sell This Version
Björk Homogenic Live (Album) One Little Indian Europe 2004 Sell This Version
Björk / Various Björk / Various - ‹Army Of Me› Remixes And Covers (Album) One Little Indian US 2005 Sell This Version
Björk The Music From Matthew Barney's Drawing Restraint 9 (Album) One Little Indian UK 2005 Sell This Version
Björk Volta (Album) One Little Indian Europe 2007 Sell This Version
Björk Voltaïc (Comp) One Little Indian US 2009 Sell This Version
Björk Biophilia (Album) One Little Indian Indonesia 2011 Sell This Version
Björk Biophilia Live (Album) One Little Indian Mexico 2014 Sell This Version
Björk Vulnicura Strings (Album) One Little Indian UK 2015 Sell This Version
Björk Vulnicura Live (Album) One Little Indian UK & US 2015 Sell This Version
Björk Vulnicura (Album) One Little Indian Taiwan 2015 Sell This Version
521 323-2 Björk Debut(CD, Album, RE) Mother Records 521 323-2 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

808 State Featuring Bjork* 808 State Featuring Bjork* - Ooops (Single, Maxi) ZTT, ZTT Japan 1991 Sell This Version
Björk, The Sabres Of Paradise Björk, The Sabres Of Paradise - Björk Cut By The Sabres Of Paradise One Little Indian UK 1993 Sell This Version

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August 9, 2016
Absolutely love Björk. She is a true artist. I do think, for Post, she should've released Enjoy as a single instead of I Miss You, but that is just my opinion.


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


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!


February 3, 2014
she's real, no faking


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?


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.


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.


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.


November 9, 2001
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;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.


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