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.

Cover♦Sample♦Björk♦Sugarcubes.
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Björk Discography Tracks

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

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bzoo

bzoo

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

cornlodef

September 30, 2017
Please can someone try to remove the Press Conference 21/8/01 ‎and Press Conference 13/7/00 ‎(CD, Promo, Smplr) from the LP list? I have tried but I am unable! We have to list correctly things guys!
maxal

maxal

October 30, 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

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.
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
edited 8 months 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.
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.

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