Samstag, 21. November 2015

50 Years Of Björk

Today the probably most famous Icelander celebrates her fiftieth birthday. A good reason a look at the beginnings of Björk's career to have. Their parents recognized her musical talent at the age of 5 and gave her a singing training and she released her first record at the age of 12. I never heard anything of it but it must be a crude mixture of Icelandic nursery rhymes and cover versions of hits of the 70s. By getting older she turned away from the sweetness of the nursery rhymes to turn into a punk. One of her first bands was called Tappi Tíkarrass what means 'Plug up the arse of the trollop'. This is Björk and her band back in 1982.

Later she formed a band called Kuki and toured through Europe. I read that they made three records but I never heard any song of them yet. Anyway these band was the ground where The Sugarcubes developed. That was the start of her international career. I once saw them live on an open-air concert and I was impressed of Björk's physical presence and an absolutely new voice in the post-punk era.

In 1992 the band disbanded and she left her island and moved to London to record her first solo record. One year later she released Debut and it was the start to a world-wide career. Human Behavior is likely her well known song from this record.

Until now she released almost 10 more solo albums and she collected more and more influences of electronic and dance music.

Happy birthday Björk.


The Swede hat gesagt…

Good post Walter. She also recorded an interesting jazz LP, 'Gling-Gló', in 1990, with Tríó Guðmundar Ingólfssonar. Well worth checking out. Happy birthday Björk.

TheRobster hat gesagt…

Cannot believe the little Icelandic pixie is 50! She still looks like a child! What an incredible artist she is.

I have (an MP3 copy of) that 1977 debut record, the Gling-Glo record Swede mentions above, and the whole KUKL discog. If you want any samples of any of them, just give me the nod.

charity chic hat gesagt…

As mad as a box of frogs but pretty talented with it