Björk

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Björk

Born

11/21/1965, Reykjavik, Iceland

Birth Name

Björk Guðmundsdóttir

Gender

Female

Also Known As

Björk Guthmundsdóttir, Bjork, Björk Gudmundsdottir, Icelandic Singer/Songwriter and Composer
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Bjrk Gumundsdttir was born on November 21st, 1965, in Reykjavk, Iceland. Bjrk is a singer/songwriter and composer from Iceland, with interest in musical genres such as pop, trip hop, alternative rock, jazz, ambient music, electronica, folk, and classical music.

Bjrk began her music career when she studied…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Rasputina made fun of Björk in their song "PJ + Matthew and Vincent + Björk".

    • Björk's music video for "It's Oh So Quiet" was ranked #50 on VH1's 100 Greatest Videos.

    • Björk won the 1994 Brit Award for International Female.

    • Björk is the inspiration for MAD TV character, Miss Swan.

    • BBC named Björk "the world's most eccentric star" in a poll in January 2006.

    • Björk's favorite movies are Tampopo, An Angel at My Table, Sweetie and Die Blechtrommel.

    • Björk has worked at an antiques shop, a bookstore, a Coca-Cola bottling plant and a fish factory.

    • Björk gets musical inspiration from doing housework, such as washing clothes.

    • Björk was ranked #36 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll.

    • The government of Iceland gifted Björk the island of Ellidaey in return for contributions to the recognition of Iceland.

    • Björk married Þór Eldon in 1986. They had one child, and were divorced in 1987.

    • Björk is 5'4" (1.63 m) tall.

    • American Idol's Blake Lewis is a big fan of Björk.

    • Björk's video for "Army of Me" was banned because towards the end of the clip a museum is blown up.

    • The album, Medúlla, features several songs that quote the writings of E.E. Cummings. The album is also different in that it features all its lyrics in glossy black lettering on a black background.

    • Björk's music video for "I Miss You" was produced by John Kricfalusi, creator of Ren and Stimpy. The highly animated video features both a real and a cartoon Björk, searching for a companion, through a combination of cartoon and real scenaries. It ends with an exasperated cartoon Björk tearing an alive cartoon chicken in half, by grabbing both legs and pulling in opposite directions.

    • Björk's favourite animal is a polar bear. As a tribute, Björk morphs into a polar bear and then back in her music video for the song "Hunter".

    • In the 1999 controversial music video "All Is Full of Love", Björk's song is visually accompanied by two female robots making love. The video was directed by Chris Cunningham.

    • In the video "Isobel", a small girl living alone in the forest leaves to visit the big city, to discover all the useless inventions designed by adults. The music video for "Bachelorette" is a continuation of "Isobel"; Isobel has grown up and is living in the big city, trying to publish a book. Both videos are directed by Michel Gondry.

    • Björk performed the song 'Oceania' for the opening ceremony of the 2004 Olympics. She was dressed in a massive blue-and-white flowing robe, onto which a map of the Earth was projected.

    • Björk's son, Sindri Þórsson, plays bass in his Icelandic band Desida.

    • In 1996, Ricardo Lopez filmed himself building a bomb, with the intention of killing Björk. On the tape, Ricardo mailed the bomb to Björk in London, before killing himself. Fortunately, the police intercepted the bomb before anybody got hurt.

    • Björk's name means 'birch tree' in Icelandic.

    • Björk's mother, Hildur Hauksdottir, once went on a hunger strike to protest a large company's construction of an industrial plant and aluminium smelter in her homeland of Iceland. Hildur eventually became very weak for the cause.

    • Björk was offered the opportunity to record "Gollum's Song" for the second The Lord of the Rings film, but declined, due to pregnancy. The song was instead recorded by another singer from Iceland, Emilíana Torrini.

    • For Björk's art piece Operazione Morizia, Björk wrapped herself in grey plaster and acted like a corpse.

    • Guðmundur Gunnarsson, Björk's father, is a well-known and internationally famous labour leader in Iceland.

    • In the Spike Jonze-directed video for "Triumph Of A Heart", the love interest which Björk becomes infatuated with is an Abyssinian cat.

    • The music video for "Joga" features computer generated images of Björk's homeland of Iceland. The video itself was directed by long-time collaborator and friend Michel Gondry.

  • Quotes

    • Björk: People think I'm some sort of strange teletubby.

    • Björk: In Iceland I get tourists that walk up to me and poke me with their finger like they've just bought a trip to Disneyland and they met Donald Duck. They totally don't treat me like a human being.

    • Björk: All we had ever heard about record company people was that they were vampires and criminals and they killed Elvis Presley.

    • Björk: I have always had a thing about washing machines. When I'm on tour I go to laundrettes. They are very therapeutic. Also, they are great places to be creative in.

    • Björk: I've always been happy, silly, sad, boring, furious, ecstatic, in love, the whole scale, all at the same time. It doesnt make me unhappy, if you see what I mean.

    • Björk: I find it very difficult to draw a line between what's sex and what isn't. It can be very, very sexy to drive a car, and completely unsexy to flirt with someone at a bar.

    • Björk (On how to pronounce her name): It rhymes with jerk.

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