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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.

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Björk - Björk album art Björk Guðmundsdóttir Björk Guðmundsdóttir - Björk (Album) Fálkinn Iceland 1977 Vendi questa versione
Björk - The Eye album art K.U.K.L.* K.U.K.L.* - The Eye (Album) Crass Records UK 1984 Vendi questa versione
Björk - Life's Too Good album art The Sugarcubes The Sugarcubes - Life's Too Good (Album) One Little Indian US 1988 Vendi questa versione
TBV 1047 Björk - 808:Optical album art 808 State Ooops 808 State - 808:Optical(VHS) Tommy Boy TBV 1047 US 1991 Vendi questa versione
Björk - Stick Around For Joy album art The Sugarcubes The Sugarcubes - Stick Around For Joy (Album) Grabaciones Accidentales Spain 1992 Vendi questa versione
Björk - Big Time Sensuality album art Björk Glóra Björk - Big Time Sensuality (Single, Maxi) One Little Indian Australia 1993 Vendi questa versione
Björk - Debut album art Björk Björk - Debut (Album) One Little Indian South Korea 1993 Vendi questa versione
6VCD6 Björk - Volume Six album art Various One Day (as Bjork) Various - Volume Six(CD, Comp) Volume 6VCD6 UK 1993 Vendi questa versione
Björk - Isobel album art Björk Isobel Björk - Isobel (Single) One Little Indian UK 1995 Vendi questa versione
Björk - Army Of Me album art Björk Cover Me e 1 altro… Björk - Army Of Me (Single) One Little Indian Japan 1995 Vendi questa versione
Björk - Post album art Björk Enjoy Björk - Post (Album) One Little Indian UK 1995 Vendi questa versione
BOV CD1 Björk - Wasted - The Best Of Volume (Part 1) album art Various One Day Various - Wasted - The Best Of Volume (Part 1)(2xCD, Comp) Volume BOV CD1 UK 1995 Vendi questa versione
SONY TV 10CD, 31-483754-10 Björk - The '96 Brit Awards album art Various Isobel Various - The '96 Brit Awards(2xCD, Comp) Columbia, Columbia SONY TV 10CD, 31-483754-10 UK 1996 Vendi questa versione
Björk - Telegram album art Björk I Miss You (Original Mix) Björk - Telegram (Comp) Elektra US 1996 Vendi questa versione
Björk - Endtroducing..... album art DJ Shadow Mutual Slump (as Bjork) DJ Shadow - Endtroducing..... (Album, Comp) Mo Wax, FFRR US 1996 Vendi questa versione
Björk - In Defense Of Animals Volume 2 album art Various Enjoy Various - In Defense Of Animals Volume 2 (Comp) Caroline Records Belgium 1996 Vendi questa versione
Björk - Hyperballad album art Björk Björk - Hyperballad (Single) One Little Indian UK 1996 Vendi questa versione
Björk - Homogenic album art Björk Björk - Homogenic (Album) One Little Indian Philippines 1997 Vendi questa versione
Björk - Jóga album art Björk Jóga (Howie B) e 1 altro… Björk - Jóga (Single) Mother Records Europe 1997 Vendi questa versione
SA 8182, VISA 8182 Björk - Use Street DJ Only album art A Tribe Called Quest Stressed Out (Married To The Mob Mix Master) (as Bjork) A Tribe Called Quest - Use Street DJ Only(LP, Comp, Promo) Jive, Virgin SA 8182, VISA 8182 France 1997 Vendi questa versione
E3824CD2, 7559 63825-2 Björk - Hit 'Em Wit Da Hee album art Missy Misdemeanor Elliott* Featuring Lil' Kim & Mocha Hit 'Em Wit Da Hee (Remix Edit) e 1 altro… Missy Misdemeanor Elliott* Featuring Lil' Kim & Mocha - Hit 'Em Wit Da Hee(CD, Single, CD2) The Goldmind, Inc., EastWest E3824CD2, 7559 63825-2 UK 1998 Vendi questa versione
Björk - Being John Malkovich - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album art Various Amphibian (Mark Bell Mix) e 1 altro… Various - Being John Malkovich - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Album) Astralwerks, Source Taiwan 1999 Vendi questa versione
Björk - Selmasongs album art Björk Björk - Selmasongs (Album) One Little Indian Taiwan 2000 Vendi questa versione
RPK Björk I've Seen It All Björk - Dancer In The Dark(CD, Promo) Constantin Film RPK Germany 2000 Vendi questa versione
Björk Foot Soldier Björk - Hidden Place (Single) One Little Indian UK 2001 Vendi questa versione

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rainydays02

rainydays02

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

maxal

5 febbraio 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 aprile 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 ottobre 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 agosto 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 maggio 2016
So complicated XP
Bjork issued so many kinds on records on every single album
newgreyarea

newgreyarea

25 luglio 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 febbraio 2014
she's real, no faking
kuma.chan

kuma.chan

8 gennaio 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 maggio 2004
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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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