Bjork At 50 – The Iconic Artist’s Life And Career In Pictures

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To celebrate her 50th birthday, we’re revisiting the pivotal moments in the life of Björk Guðmundsdóttir, starting with this adorable shot of a childhood Björk shortly before she was recorded singing Tina Charles’ ‘I Love To Love’ at a school recital and made famous on Iceland’s only radio station RÚV. She soon signed to Fálkinn records and, aged 11, released her self-titled debut album in 1977.

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To celebrate her 50th birthday, we’re revisiting the pivotal moments in the life of Björk Guðmundsdóttir, starting with this adorable shot of a childhood Björk shortly before she was recorded singing Tina Charles’ ‘I Love To Love’ at a school recital and made famous on Iceland’s only radio station RÚV. She soon signed to Fálkinn records and, aged 11, released her self-titled debut album in 1977.

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The Sugarcubes released three albums, but midway through promoting their second ‘Here Today, Tomorrow Next Week!’ Bjork had already decided to leave and begun recording solo material, inspired by her love of house music. Their final album ‘Stick Around For Joy’ (1992) produced the international hit, um, ‘Hit’.

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The Sugarcubes released three albums, but midway through promoting their second ‘Here Today, Tomorrow Next Week!’ Bjork had already decided to leave and begun recording solo material, inspired by her love of house music. Their final album ‘Stick Around For Joy’ (1992) produced the international hit, um, ‘Hit’.

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Bjork’s first solo album ‘Debut’ was a revelation, its Nellee Hooper-produced combination of dance and experimental alt-pop claiming NME’s Album Of The Year title thanks to such iconic tunes as ‘Human Behaviour’, ‘Big Time Sensuality’ and ‘Violently Happy’.

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Bjork’s first solo album ‘Debut’ was a revelation, its Nellee Hooper-produced combination of dance and experimental alt-pop claiming NME’s Album Of The Year title thanks to such iconic tunes as ‘Human Behaviour’, ‘Big Time Sensuality’ and ‘Violently Happy’.

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‘Debut’, which included songs Bjork had started writing as a teenager, went platinum and earned her the Brit Awards for Best International Female and Best International Newcomer in 1994. As a result, she worked with the likes of David Arnold, Plaid, Madonna and Tricky, with whom she’d have a brief relationship.

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‘Debut’, which included songs Bjork had started writing as a teenager, went platinum and earned her the Brit Awards for Best International Female and Best International Newcomer in 1994. As a result, she worked with the likes of David Arnold, Plaid, Madonna and Tricky, with whom she’d have a brief relationship.

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‘Homogenic’ fused lush atmospherics with monstrous ice-scape beats and electro-rock elements and was an inspiration on Radiohead; Thom Yorke would claim that ‘Unravel’ was his favourite song ever.

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‘Homogenic’ fused lush atmospherics with monstrous ice-scape beats and electro-rock elements and was an inspiration on Radiohead; Thom Yorke would claim that ‘Unravel’ was his favourite song ever.

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Eventually she relented, and Dancer In The Dark was a huge success, winning the Palm D’Or in 2000. Bjork also released the soundtrack as an album called ‘Selmasongs’.

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Eventually she relented, and Dancer In The Dark was a huge success, winning the Palm D’Or in 2000. Bjork also released the soundtrack as an album called ‘Selmasongs’.

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The album was promoted with some controversial and hard-hitting videos, including the graphic, nudity strewn promo for ‘Pagan Poetry’ and a video for ‘Cocoon’ that featured the singer in a white body suit with red thread from her nipples forming the titular cocoon.

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The album was promoted with some controversial and hard-hitting videos, including the graphic, nudity strewn promo for ‘Pagan Poetry’ and a video for ‘Cocoon’ that featured the singer in a white body suit with red thread from her nipples forming the titular cocoon.

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Bjork’s costumes and images became ever more elaborate; at the opening ceremony of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens she wore a dress which unraveled to become a 10,000 square foot map of the world, covering all of the attendant athletes.

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Bjork’s costumes and images became ever more elaborate; at the opening ceremony of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens she wore a dress which unraveled to become a 10,000 square foot map of the world, covering all of the attendant athletes.

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Her artistic experiments continued in 2005 when she collaborated with visual artist Matthew Barney on a feature-length film called Drawing Restraint 9, incorporating sculptures, videos, photographs and drawings. The project told the story of a Japanese love affair and was built on themes including the Shinto religion and whaling.

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Her artistic experiments continued in 2005 when she collaborated with visual artist Matthew Barney on a feature-length film called Drawing Restraint 9, incorporating sculptures, videos, photographs and drawings. The project told the story of a Japanese love affair and was built on themes including the Shinto religion and whaling.

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Having developed a futuristic and individual approach to art, technology and image, Bjork had created her own world by now. So when the opportunity to work with long-term collaborator Michel Gondry on a 3-D “scientific musical” came up, she leapt at the chance.

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Having developed a futuristic and individual approach to art, technology and image, Bjork had created her own world by now. So when the opportunity to work with long-term collaborator Michel Gondry on a 3-D “scientific musical” came up, she leapt at the chance.

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