Bj?rk

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Bj?rk Guemundsdóttir
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Bj?rk Guemundsdóttir (Icelandic pronunciation: [?pj?r?k ?kv?em?nts?to?ht?r]), known by her stage name Bj?rk, is an Icelandic singer and musician, born 21 November 1965 in Reykjavík.

Well known for her creative compositional style and distinct singing, Bj?rk's recording career began in 1977 at the age of 11, when she released (as Bj?rk Guemundsdóttir) 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 Bj?rk'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, Bj?rk 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.

Bj?rk 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 Bj?rk 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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521 323-2 Bj?rk - Debut album art Bj?rk = 碧玉* Bj?rk = 碧玉* - Debut (Album) One Little Indian 521 323-2 Taiwan 1993 Sell This Version
TCD 0646 Bj?rk - In Concert 579  album art Bj?rk In Concert 579 (CD, Transcription) BBC Transcription TCD 0646 UK 1993 Sell This Version
94-02 Bj?rk - In Concert: New Rock album art Bjork* / Stone Temple Pilots Bjork* / Stone Temple Pilots - In Concert: New Rock(2xCD, Promo, Transcription) Westwood One 94-02 US 1994 Sell This Version
529 433-2, DG 0491 Bj?rk - Post album art Bj?rk Post (Album) One Little Indian 529 433-2, DG 0491 South Korea 1995 Sell This Version
95-24 Bj?rk - In Concert: New Rock album art Bush / Bjork* Bush / Bjork* - In Concert: New Rock(2xCD, Promo, Transcription) Westwood One 95-24 US 1995 Sell This Version
MUMC9706, 539 660-4 Bj?rk - Homogenic album art Bj?rk Homogenic (Album) One Little Indian MUMC9706, 539 660-4 Thailand 1997 Sell This Version
549 204-4 Bj?rk - Selmasongs album art Bj?rk Selmasongs (Album) One Little Indian 549 204-4 Russia 2000 Sell This Version
none Bj?rk - Press Conference 13/7/00 album art Bjork* Press Conference 13/7/00(CDr, Promo) Polydor none Europe 2000 Sell This Version
none Bj?rk - Vespertine album art Bj?rk Vespertine (Album) One Little Indian none UK 2001 Sell This Version
none Bj?rk - Press Conference 21/8/01 album art Bjork* Press Conference 21/8/01(CDr, Promo) Polydor none Europe 2001 Sell This Version
none Bj?rk - Livebox Sampler album art ビョーク* Livebox Sampler One Little Indian none Japan 2003 Sell This Version
OLI355 Bj?rk - Livebox album art Bj?rk Livebox One Little Indian OLI355 US 2003 Sell This Version
9866575 Bj?rk - Post Live album art Bj?rk Post Live (Album) One Little Indian 9866575 Malaysia 2003 Sell This Version
TPLP363CD Bj?rk - Debut Live album art Bj?rk Debut Live (Album) One Little Indian TPLP363CD UK 2004 Sell This Version
60249866580 Bj?rk - Vespertine Live album art Bj?rk Vespertine Live (Album) One Little Indian 60249866580 Brazil 2004 Sell This Version
TPLP356CD Bj?rk - Homogenic Live album art Bj?rk Homogenic Live (Album) One Little Indian TPLP356CD UK 2004 Sell This Version
TPLP358CD Bj?rk - Medúlla album art Bj?rk Medúlla (Album) One Little Indian TPLP358CD UK 2004 Sell This Version
OLI 467 Bj?rk - ?Army Of Me? Remixes And Covers album art Bjork* ?Army Of Me? Remixes And Covers (Album) One Little Indian OLI 467 US 2005 Sell This Version
TPLP459CD Bj?rk - The Music From Matthew Barney's Drawing Restraint 9 album art Bj?rk The Music From Matthew Barney's Drawing Restraint 9 (Album) One Little Indian TPLP459CD UK 2005 Sell This Version
1733524 Bj?rk - Volta album art Bj?rk Volta (Album) One Little Indian 1733524 Europe 2007 Sell This Version
IC 1015 Bj?rk - In Concert 1015 album art Bj?rk In Concert 1015(CD, Transcription) BBC Radio International IC 1015 UK 2007 Sell This Version
519646-2 Bj?rk - Volta?c album art Bj?rk Volta?c (Comp, Album) One Little Indian 519646-2 US 2009 Sell This Version
2777665 Bj?rk - Biophilia album art Bj?rk Biophilia (Album) One Little Indian 2777665 Indonesia 2011 Sell This Version
CAS-2014-00081 Bj?rk - Biophilia Live album art Bj?rk Biophilia Live (Album) One Little Indian CAS-2014-00081 Mexico 2014 Sell This Version
TPLP1317DL Bj?rk - Vulnicura Strings album art Bj?rk Vulnicura Strings (Album) One Little Indian TPLP1317DL UK 2015 Sell This Version

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rainydays02

rainydays02

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

maxal

February 5, 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

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.
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.
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
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I remember the first time hearing Bjork and her Sugarcube-mate Einar ?rn 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 Bj?rk 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 "Bj?rk" making that one somewhat forgotten and (deliberately) lost in time, 'Debut' was a proper debut indeed, continuing on from Bj?rk'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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