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-> ''"I...am...grate...ful...grape...[[IntentionalEngrishForFunny fruit]]!"''
-->-- '''Björk''', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBuxhbsTzIY when she received an award at the 1998 Brit Awards]]

-> ''"You shouldn't let poets lie to you."''
-->-- '''Björk''', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75WFTHpOw8Y on her television]]

Björk is what happens when you dress a cat in Alexander [=McQueen=], teach it how to type, and use the results for lyrics. OK, not really. But kinda. She is also wonderful.

Björk Guðmundsdóttir (born 21 November 1965) is a woman from UsefulNotes/{{Iceland}} who's famous for several things: her voice, her weird (but awesome) music, her strange outfits, her unique music videos, her acting in the TearJerker ''Film/DancerInTheDark'', her cool accent, and her habit of beating up paparazzi. From 1986 to 1992, she was in the alternative rock band called The Sugarcubes, who were the first Icelandic musical act to ''ever'' gain ''any'' sort of success outside of Iceland (mostly in the UK and American alternative radio), mostly from the endorsement of beloved Radio 1 DJ/indie tastemaker John Peel. After they broke up, Björk went on to have a more successful, arguably better solo career.

Her music cannot be [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly shoehorned into one category.]] She's not just an electronic artist; she has dabbled in many genres, including a capella, jazz, pop, [[AlternativeRock alternative rock]], classical/orchestral, folk, and avant-garde.

[[http://www.ethanhein.com/wp/2009/bjork This report by Ethan Hein]] shows how unique she is. "Björk seems to be one of the only high-profile white musicians who understands that [[DeadHorseGenre rock and roll is over]]. There's almost no guitar in any of her work. There's a sample of distorted electric guitar on "Human Behavior," nylon-string guitar on "So Broken," pedal steel on live versions of "Possibly Maybe" - I think that's about it. Her stringed instrument accompaniment of choice is the harp." That's just one of the things that makes her one-of-a-kind.

!!Studio albums and soundtracks Björk has released:
* ''Björk'' (1977)
** This was recorded when she was 12 and only released in Iceland. It's been out of print for decades and obscenely rare.
* ''Gling-Gló'' (1990, with Guðmundur Ingólfsson's trio)
* ''Debut'' (1993)
* ''Post'' (1995)
* ''Telegram'' (1996)
* ''Homogenic'' (1997)
* ''Selmasongs'' (2000, the soundtrack to ''[[Film/DancerInTheDark Dancer in the Dark]]'')
* ''Vespertine'' (2001)
* ''Medúlla'' (2004)
* ''Drawing Restraint 9'' (2005, the soundtrack to the movie of the same name)
* ''Volta'' (2007)
* ''Biophilia'' (2011)
* ''Bastards'' (2012; remix album)

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!! Her work provides examples of:

* AnimatedMusicVideo - "I Miss You". Also, "Pagan Poetry" which was [[MoralGuardians banned by MTV]] for its sexual content even though it was rotoscoped and not all that explicit (and if it were, it's nigh-incomprehensible).
* BaseOnWheels - The music video for "Army of Me" features a tractor trailer so large that the wheels themselves are taller than most people.
* BeamMeUpScotty - Björk never said "I am '''a''' grateful grapefruit!". The real quote is above.
* BiTheWay: Like a lot of musicians. It seems that Björk prefers men, though.
-->"I think [[EveryoneIsBi everyone's bisexual]] to some degree or another; it's just a question of whether or not you choose to recognize it and embrace it. Personally, I think choosing between men and women is like choosing between cake and ice cream. You'd be daft not to try both when there are so many different flavours."
* BigScrewedUpFamily - If she's the [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Member]]...
* BlackSheepHit - "It's Oh So Quiet", a jazz/big band song from an electronic/alternative artist.
* BreakupBreakout - Honestly, has anyone else from The Sugarcubes achieved as much success as Björk?
* BrokenRecord - ''I love him, I love him, I love him, I love him''...and later on: ''She loves him, she loves him, she loves him, she loves him'' from "Pagan Poetry".
** The ending of "The Modern Things" has a looped phrase that's probably Icelandic. It's hard to make out exactly what it is, though.
* CanonDiscontinuity[=/=]OldShame - She doesn't acknowledge her 1977 album. Not to mention that she named her 1993 album ''Debut''!
* CatchPhrase - "Alt sem hann sér" (and variations thereof), which means "everything he sees" in Icelandic.
* CarefulWithThatAxe - "It's Oh So Quiet", and some versions of "Army Of Me" - particularly her version with music provided by Skunk Anansie, where, nearly three minutes in, she ''flips the fuck out'' and screams the chorus at the top of her lungs, drowning out the band.
* ChangedForTheVideo: The video for "All Is Full Of Love" uses the "Radio String Mix" instead of the album version.
* ChildPopstar - Her first album was released when she was ''twelve.''
* CloudCuckoolander
* ConceptVideo[=/=]NotableMusicVideos[=/=]SurrealMusicVideo - Virtually all of her music videos fall under this trope. When she's not a lesbian robot, she's turning an audience into plants, leaving her cat husband to go out partying and then coming back hung over, secreting red thread out of her nipples, travelling on a buffalo in a river with a backpack demon, dressing up as a pinecone and then being attacked by blob thingies, blowing up a museum, or squirting mucus out of her nose and eating it.
* CoversAlwaysLie - ''Debut'' isn't actually her debut...
* CreatorBacklash - Her most popular and most successful song is the aforementioned "It's Oh So Quiet". Björk got angry that her most popular song is a cover, and now she rarely performs it.
* CreatorBreakdown - "So Broken" was written after an incident in which an insane stalker tried to send her a mail bomb, documenting the whole process on tape before recording his own suicide.
* CreatorCouple: With artist Matthew Barney.
* DerangedAnimation - "I Miss You", again.
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu - While in China for a tour, she performed "Declare Independence," and screamed, "Tibet! Tibet!" multiple times... Naturally, [[BannedInChina she's not welcome back into the country.]]
* DreamTeam - Björk tends to collaborate with really awesome musicians.
** Björk + [[{{Radiohead}} Thom Yorke]] = "I've Seen It All" and "Náttúra".
** Björk + Antony Hegarty = "My Juvenile" and "Dull Flame of Desire".
** Björk + PJHarvey = a crazy cover of "Satisfaction".
** Björk + Matmos = ''Vespertine''.
** Björk + MikePatton = Noises and beatboxing on several tracks from ''Medúlla''.
* DyeHard - Her natural hair color is dark brown, not black.
* EverythingIsAnInstrument
** As of ''Biophilia'', her stage setup includes a ''giant tesla coil''. As a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5q8WFtffuaE percussion instrument]].
* FadingIntoTheNextSong - "Frosti" → "Aurora", on ''Vespertine''.
** Also "Unravel" into "Bachelorette" on ''Homogenic'', interestingly since the two songs have a very different tone. "Pluto" and "All is Full of Love" as well.
* GenreRoulette - ''Debut'' and ''Post'' jump between dance-pop, trip-hop, jazz and other stuff. She's the only primarily electronic artist whose most famous song is a big-band cover.
* GratuitousForeignLanguage - Some of her songs have lines in Icelandic, and a couple are even sung entirely in it. Several tracks on ''Medúlla" have Icelandic titles, too.
* HiddenDepths - [[http://grapevine.is/Author/ReadArticle/Letter-From-Bjork-About-Magma-Energy She has dived]] [[http://grapevine.is/Author/ReadArticle/Bjork-Responds-To-Ross-Beaty-Again into Icelandic politics.]]
** [[{{U2}} Bono]] finds her intellect scary. This is a man that can intimidate world leaders with his extensive knowledge of facts and figures, and Björk ''puts him in awe''.
* HiddenTrack: "Play Dead" on ''Debut''. There's about 30 seconds of silence after the song before it, so it would be understandable to think it's the end of the album.
* IconicOutfit: Her swan dress.
* {{Instrumentals}} - "Frosti" and "Batabid."
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY - Her name is supposed to rhyme with "jerk" (as opposed to "York", as most English speakers say) when the umlaut is taken into account, and Icelandic speakers don't voice the "B" as loudly as English speakers do. Therefore, a more "accurate" way of pronunciation would be something like "Pyerk".
* LongTitle - "Who Is It (Carry My Joy on the Left, Carry My Pain on the Right)." Also, the remix compilation ''The Best Mixes from the Album Debut For All the People Who Don't Buy White Labels''.
* LyricalDissonance
** "Hyperballad" is about the singer imagining herself jumping off a cliff.
** "Virus", which [[{{Yandere}} with a distinctly stalkerish vibe]] details a parasitic relationship just about to kill the host, to the sounds of cutesy plinks and twinkles...
* MamaBear - The reason why Björk attacked a reporter in 1996 was because she (the reporter) stuck a mic in her (Björk) son's face and started asking him embarrassing questions. Lesson of the story: don't get near Björk's children.
* MagicalMysteryDoors - Happens once in the museum scene of her dlip for ''Army of Me''.
* MusicBoxIntervals - Much of ''Vespertine'', including "Frosti", which is entirely a music box interval.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly - ''Vespertine'' effectively marries classical music with IDM/Glitch and ''Medúlla'' is essentially a capella electronica. Its most notable track is "Triumph of a Heart", an a capella ''dance song''. And [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome it is awesome.]]
* NewSoundAlbum - Björk started out as a unique dance-pop artist. Her albums after ''Debut''...well...
** ''Post'' explored new sounds, like the {{Industrial}}-ish "Army of Me" and "Enjoy", the big band/jazz "It's Oh So Quiet", and the tribal "Isobel".
** ''Homogenic'' is a fusion of strings, crunchy electronic beats, and misc. things (accordion, glass harmonica etc.)
** ''Vespertine'' brought back the strings. Also featured are the harp, a choir, music boxes, and chilly electronic sounds that make a wintry album.
** ''Medúlla'' is virtually all a capella. It mixes a capella versions of familiar genres (pop, electronica), voice techniques (a choir, throat singing, beatboxing...), and Björk's ever-present avant-garde style.
** ''Volta'' features brass sounds and loud percussive beats. It may be her most aggressive album overall (it certainly is her most in the '00s).
** ''Biophilia'' is her becoming more abstract and minimal with her lyrics and focusing on certain musical elements and using more electronics opposed to natural instruments. Recorded on a iPad.
* NonAppearingTitle - "Jóga", "Bachelorette", "Pluto", "Heirloom", "You've Been Flirting Again", "Hyperballad", "Pneumonia", "Domestica", "Frosti", "Batabid", "Ancestors", "Dark Matter" and "Cosmogony".
* OlderThanTheyLook - It took her decades to stop looking like a teenager, and she still looks pretty youthful for someone pushing 50.
* OneWomanSong - "Isobel".
* [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Family Member]] - If what she says is true, her family is even weirder than her.
* PrecisionFStrike - Despite not being a ''fucking'' Buddhist, she can recognize enlightenment.
* RecycledLyrics - Björk wrote a song called "Bedtime Story" for Music/{{Madonna}}, which used the lyrics "and inside/we're all still wet/longing and yearning" and "and all that you've ever learned/try to forget." Björk reused these lyrics for her own song "Sweet Intuition" (with a variation of the latter lyric - it became "all that you've learned/try to forget it").
* SerialEscalation - Björk's gonna top everything she has done with a series of concerts that'll promote ''Biophilia''.
--> [[http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/bjoerk-to-debut-new-biophilia-songs-at-residency-in-england-20110317 "These performances are a meditation on the relationship between music, nature and technology and will feature live music as well as multimedia elements including installations, performance art and apps for mobile devices. Special instruments [have been] conceived and constructed specifically for these concerts, including custom-built digitally controlled pipe organs, a gamelan-celeste hybrid and a]] ''[[http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/bjoerk-to-debut-new-biophilia-songs-at-residency-in-england-20110317 30-foot pendulum that harnesses the planet's gravitational pull to create musical patterns.]]''"
* SingingSimlish - She sometimes sings in a mixture of Icelandic and gibberish or just plain Simlish.
* TheSomethingSong - "The Anchor Song" and "The Comet Song".
* SummonBackupDancers - The video for "It's Oh So Quiet".
* TextlessAlbumCover - Most of her albums fall under this trope.
** ''Vespertine'' takes it a little further than that, because the spine of the album, which would normally have the artist name and album title on it, is textless and pure white. There's a sticker on the back with that information plus a list of the songs and copyright info, but if you chose to remove that, the back cover would similarly be blank and white.
* [[WidgetSeries Weird Icelandic Thing]] - Hell, she's probably the first thing that comes to mind when Iceland is mentioned...
* WordSaladLyrics - "Pagan Poetry".
** Also, [[http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/bjork/suninmymouth.html "Sun In My Mouth"]] from the same album.
* YouGotMurder - Averted. An acid mailbomb sent by a mad stalker was intercepted by the post. The tape detailing it, however...
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