‘I get turned on by nature’: Björk’s most Björk-like quotes

From the sex appeal of nature to the funniest football analogy...

It’s Björk’s birthday today! (November 21) Like Madonna and Prince before her, her mononym has come to mean something entirely in its own right: weird, wonderful, never doing or saying what’s expected.

This week, the Icelandic icon releases her new album ‘Utopia’ – one that she describes as her “Tinder album”. Before we get to actually hear that, let’s look back at the best – and most Björk-like – things she’s ever spouted, from the sex appeal of nature to possibly the best description of football ever uttered.

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1On her best music:

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"I sing the best when I’m on the top of a mountain"

2On her love of nature:

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"I get turned on by nature. I don’t find urban brothel situations very hot. But that’s just my taste… like, National Geographic porn."

3On her favourite smells:

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"Rhubarb, oxygen in rainforests, inhaling hair closest to skull."

4On never feeling alone:

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"I never really understood the word loneliness. As far as I was concerned, I was in an orgy with the sky and the ocean."

5On British cuisine:

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"The English eat all sorts of birds - pigeons, ducks, sparrows - but if you tell them you eat puffin, you might as well come from Mars."

6On footy:

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"Football is a fertility festival. Eleven sperm trying to get into the egg. I feel sorry for the goalkeeper."

7On being Icelandic:

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"People are always asking me about eskimos, but there are no eskimos in Iceland."

8On more Icelandic clichés:

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"I have had to deal with the elfin naïve nonsense stamp all my life and I have never seen an elf and I don’t think I’m naïve."

9On the ego involved in going solo:

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"I'd done three solo albums in a row, and that's quite narcissistic."

10On the future of the world:

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"I think the way to overcome environmental problems is with technology. What else are we going to use - sticks?"
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