Björk turns 51 today (November 21), but how much do you know about the Icelandic genius? Here’s 20 geeky facts you might find surprising…
Betty Hutton, the original performer of ‘It’s Oh So Quiet’ in 1951, also had a hand in the career of another 80s/90s alternative heroine, having been friend, mentor and fellow college pupil of a young Kristin Hersh., who wrote the Throwing Muses song ‘Elizabeth June’ about her.
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Part of the inspiration for ‘Medulla”s largely human voice-only arrangements came from Björk’s drunken a capella experiments with a group of friends, singing their favourite songs one part each. “Most death metal and all heavy metal songs are excellent a capella,” she told the Daily Telegraph in 2004.
Björk’s early dance collborations with 808 State, ‘Ooops’ and ‘Q-Mart’ are well known – less so is her work with Scottish techno types Plaid, who did remixes of ‘Big Time Sensuality’ and ‘All Is Full Of Love’ for her, but also sought our her voice for their album track ‘Lilith’, named after Adam’s apocryphal, independent-minded first wife in Judeo-Christian myth.