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.

When forming The Sugarcubes, Bj?rk had a brief marriage with guitarist Tór Eldon. They had a son, Sindri Eldon Tórsson, born 8 June 1986, the same day that the band was formed. They had divorced before the end of 1986, but continued to work together in the band. Bj?rk was the partner of Matthew Barney from 2000 to 2013; they have a daughter, Isadora Barney, born in 2002.
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521 323-2 Debut — Bj?rk Bj?rk = 碧玉* Bj?rk = 碧玉* - Debut (Album) One Little Indian 521 323-2 Taiwan 1993 Sell This Version
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TCD 0646 In Concert 579  — Bj?rk Bj?rk In Concert 579 (CD, Transcription) BBC Transcription TCD 0646 UK 1993 Sell This Version
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94-02 In Concert: New Rock — Bj?rk Bjork* / Stone Temple Pilots Bjork* / Stone Temple Pilots - In Concert: New Rock(2xCD, Promo, Transcription) Westwood One 94-02 US 1994 Sell This Version
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529 433-2, DG 0491 Post — Bj?rk Bj?rk Post (Album) One Little Indian 529 433-2, DG 0491 South Korea 1995 Sell This Version
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95-24 In Concert: New Rock — Bj?rk Bush / Bjork* Bush / Bjork* - In Concert: New Rock(2xCD, Transcription) Westwood One 95-24 US 1995 Sell This Version
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MUMC9706, 539 660-4 Homogenic — Bj?rk Bj?rk Homogenic (Album) One Little Indian MUMC9706, 539 660-4 Thailand 1997 Sell This Version
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549 204-4 Selmasongs — Bj?rk Bj?rk Selmasongs (Album) One Little Indian 549 204-4 Russia 2000 Sell This Version
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none Press Conference 13/7/00 — Bj?rk Bjork* Press Conference 13/7/00(CDr, Promo) Polydor none Europe 2000 Sell This Version
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73145890012 Vespertine — Bj?rk Bj?rk Vespertine (Album) One Little Indian 73145890012 Brazil 2001 Sell This Version
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none Press Conference 21/8/01 — Bj?rk Bjork* Press Conference 21/8/01(CDr, Promo) Polydor none Europe 2001 Sell This Version
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none Livebox Sampler — Bj?rk ビョーク* Livebox Sampler One Little Indian none Japan 2003 Sell This Version
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OLI355 Livebox — Bj?rk Bj?rk Livebox One Little Indian OLI355 US 2003 Sell This Version
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9866575 Post Live — Bj?rk Bj?rk Post Live (Album) One Little Indian 9866575 Malaysia 2003 Sell This Version
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TPLP363CD Debut Live — Bj?rk Bj?rk Debut Live (Album) One Little Indian TPLP363CD UK 2004 Sell This Version
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60249866580 Vespertine Live — Bj?rk Bj?rk Vespertine Live (Album) One Little Indian 60249866580 Brazil 2004 Sell This Version
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TPLP356CD Homogenic Live — Bj?rk Bj?rk Homogenic Live (Album) One Little Indian TPLP356CD UK 2004 Sell This Version
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TPLP358CD Medúlla — Bj?rk Bj?rk Medúlla (Album) One Little Indian TPLP358CD UK 2004 Sell This Version
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OLI 467 ?Army Of Me? Remixes And Covers — Bj?rk Bjork* ?Army Of Me? Remixes And Covers (Album) One Little Indian OLI 467 US 2005 Sell This Version
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TPLP459CD The Music From Matthew Barney's Drawing Restraint 9 — Bj?rk Bj?rk The Music From Matthew Barney's Drawing Restraint 9 (Album) One Little Indian TPLP459CD UK 2005 Sell This Version
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none Volta — Bj?rk Bj?rk Volta (Album) One Little Indian none 2007 Sell This Version
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IC 1015 In Concert 1015 — Bj?rk Bj?rk In Concert 1015(CD, Transcription) BBC Radio International IC 1015 UK 2007 Sell This Version
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519646-2 Volta?c — Bj?rk Bj?rk Volta?c (Comp, Album) One Little Indian 519646-2 US 2009 Sell This Version
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2777665 Biophilia — Bj?rk Bj?rk Biophilia (Album) One Little Indian 2777665 Indonesia 2011 Sell This Version
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CAS-2014-00081 Biophilia Live — Bj?rk Bj?rk Biophilia Live (Album) One Little Indian CAS-2014-00081 Mexico 2014 Sell This Version
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TPLP1317DL Vulnicura Strings — Bj?rk Bj?rk Vulnicura Strings (Album) One Little Indian TPLP1317DL UK 2015 Sell This Version

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AZosens

AZosens

November 22, 2021
Beloved Bjork... "Unique" is an understatement. Her music is always evolving and never fails to surprise.
<3
Nbdyknowzme

Nbdyknowzme

August 18, 2021
I remember them always poking fun at her on Beavis and Butthead. I was a kid back then. I wanted to know more. 25+ years later and I can never get enough Bjork. Talent that knows no boundaries. A true artist.
rainydays02

rainydays02

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