Björk

Nom civil:
Björk Guðmundsdóttir
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Björk Guðmundsdóttir (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈpjœr̥k ˈkvʏðmʏntsˌtoʊhtɪr]), known by her stage name Björk, is an Icelandic singer and musician, born 21 November 1965 in Reykjavík.

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.

Cover♦Sample♦Björk♦Sugarcubes.
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Björk - Debut illustration d'album Björk = 碧玉* Björk = 碧玉* - Debut (Album) One Little Indian Taiwan 1993 Vendre cette version
TCD 0646 Björk - In Concert 579 - Björk illustration d'album Björk In Concert 579 - Björk(CD, Transcription) BBC Transcription TCD 0646 UK 1993 Vendre cette version
SHOW# 94-02 Björk - In Concert: New Rock illustration d'album Bjork* In Concert: New Rock(CD, Transcription, CD1) Westwood One SHOW# 94-02 US 1994 Vendre cette version
Björk - Post illustration d'album Björk Post (Album) One Little Indian South Korea 1995 Vendre cette version
SHOW# 95-24 Björk - In Concert: New Rock illustration d'album Bjork* In Concert: New Rock(CD, Transcription, CD2) Westwood One SHOW# 95-24 US 1995 Vendre cette version
Björk - Homogenic illustration d'album Björk Homogenic (Album) One Little Indian Thailand 1997 Vendre cette version
Björk - Selmasongs illustration d'album Björk Selmasongs (Album) One Little Indian Russia 2000 Vendre cette version
none Björk - Press Conference 13/7/00 illustration d'album Bjork* Press Conference 13/7/00(CDr, Promo) Polydor none Europe 2000 Vendre cette version
Björk - Vespertine illustration d'album Björk Vespertine (Album) One Little Indian UK 2001 Vendre cette version
none Björk - Press Conference 21/8/01 illustration d'album Bjork* Press Conference 21/8/01(CDr, Promo) Polydor none Europe 2001 Vendre cette version
Björk - Livebox Sampler illustration d'album ビョーク* Livebox Sampler One Little Indian Japan 2003 Vendre cette version
Björk - Livebox illustration d'album Björk Livebox (Album) One Little Indian US 2003 Vendre cette version
Björk - Post Live illustration d'album Björk Post Live (Album) One Little Indian UK 2004 Vendre cette version
Björk - Vespertine Live illustration d'album Björk Vespertine Live (Album) One Little Indian Brazil 2004 Vendre cette version
Björk - Medúlla illustration d'album Björk Medúlla (Album) One Little Indian UK 2004 Vendre cette version
Björk - Debut Live illustration d'album Björk Debut Live (Album) One Little Indian UK 2004 Vendre cette version
Björk - Homogenic Live illustration d'album Björk Homogenic Live (Album) One Little Indian UK 2004 Vendre cette version
Björk - ‹Army Of Me› Remixes And Covers illustration d'album Björk ‹Army Of Me› Remixes And Covers (Album) One Little Indian US 2005 Vendre cette version
Björk - The Music From Matthew Barney's Drawing Restraint 9 illustration d'album Björk The Music From Matthew Barney's Drawing Restraint 9 (Album) One Little Indian UK 2005 Vendre cette version
Björk - Volta illustration d'album Björk Volta (Album) One Little Indian Europe 2007 Vendre cette version
Björk - Voltaïc illustration d'album Björk Voltaïc (Comp, Album) One Little Indian US 2009 Vendre cette version
Björk - Biophilia illustration d'album Björk Biophilia (Album) One Little Indian Indonesia 2011 Vendre cette version
Björk - Biophilia Live illustration d'album Björk Biophilia Live (Album) One Little Indian Mexico 2014 Vendre cette version
Björk - Vulnicura Strings illustration d'album Björk Vulnicura Strings (Album) One Little Indian UK 2015 Vendre cette version
Björk - Vulnicura Live illustration d'album Björk Vulnicura Live (Album) One Little Indian UK & US 2015 Vendre cette version

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rainydays02

rainydays02

8 février 2019
amazing talented woman, doesn't have a bad album at all
maxal

maxal

5 février 2019
Is there something odd about how the world perceives Bjork? Her ability and body of work from beautiful songs with mass appeal, across punk, dance, experiments of all sorts which still reach high musical standards and many songs with a new classical purity: she does everything and like no other artist. I'm not sure what it is and I don't really want to ignorantly accuse possibilities of insufficient marketing or sexism . . . but she deserves more wide-spread credit for her constant, inspiring work in varying the potential within music and sound art.

She is recognised seriously by artists and instiutions, many citing her as the 'best in . . . ' and she has won the prizes. She has world-wide recognition in one sense. Yet for all her talent, she's not got the iconic status which many other female or male musicians have.

Maybe some artists are too creative and not fully understood for their complexity. Bowie suffered from this - his range of abilities was simply too great for many to embrace in full. Many Bowie fans bicker about a particular era being the 'definitive Bowie period', when really pretty much all of Bowie's work is great, and the lesser-credited items can be the more ground-breaking. Perhaps we witness the same with Bjork.
bzoo

bzoo

12 avril 2018
I have a version of 3 cd's in a box of the single "Possibly Maybe", but i can't find it here.
maxal

maxal

30 octobre 2016
. . . what's with the recent explosion of remixes? (As well as various versions of albums.) How do you navigate through them all?

Lost in Bjork.
jzaljdsv

jzaljdsv

9 août 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.
ovixm

ovixm

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

newgreyarea

25 juillet 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

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

kuma.chan

8 janvier 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

27 mai 2004
edité about 1 year ago
I remember the first time hearing Bjork and her Sugarcube-mate Einar Örn screaming and shouting to the point where you couldn't tell one from the other - and it irritated the hell out of me but didn't stop me from falling in love with their music...

Then Sugarcubes disbanded and Björk went on and 'Human Behaviour' provided with a nice start of a solo career - athough many omit the fact she already released an obscure standards album when 12, somewhere in 1977 (which in all its innocence proves she already had a vision)... Despite a huge time gap in terms of her solo work ever since "Björk" making that one somewhat forgotten and (deliberately) lost in time, 'Debut' was a proper debut indeed, continuing on from Björk's experimental collaboration work of the time (Gling-Gló, 808 State, Current 93) and without the necessity to place her in any of the explored musical drawers - she sings and paints with emotion on equal terms.

At the same time she can be beautiful, haunting, mesmerising, disturbing and yes - annoying. Continually wild and temperamental while sensitive and fragile all the same. The closest a human being ever got to mother nature.

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