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Click on the single you think is the best one to have been released by Icelandic artist Bjork.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Hyperballad 12
Bachelorette 10
Human Behaviour 5
Venus as a Boy 5
Big Time Sensuality 5
Isobel 5
Joga 4
Hunter 3
It's Oh So Quiet 2
Possibly Maybe 2
Hidden Place 2
Triumph of a Heart 2
All is Full of Love 2
Cocoon 1
Alarm Call 1
Earth Intruders 1
It's in Our Hands 1
Who Is It 0
Oceania 0
Innocence 0
Pagan Poetry 0
Play Dead 0
Violently Happy 0
Army of Me 0
I Miss You 0
Declare Independence0


chap, Tuesday, 22 January 2008 23:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'm going to vote for Hyperballad. Or Bachelorette. Or Pagan Poetry. Or All is Full of Love. Or Human Behavior. One of those.

chap, Tuesday, 22 January 2008 21:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

Wrong board.

chap, Tuesday, 22 January 2008 21:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

What chap said - Bacherlorette and Pagan Poetry + Triumph of a Heart

Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Tuesday, 22 January 2008 21:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

i love everything except bjork singles

electricsound, Tuesday, 22 January 2008 22:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

I saw Bjork on Sunday. She was awesome :):) Mostly stuff from Homogenic and Post.

W4LTER, Tuesday, 22 January 2008 22:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

Earth Intruders and Declare Independence are totally shithouse. But I liked Declare Independence live.

W4LTER, Tuesday, 22 January 2008 22:27 (ten years ago) Permalink

Cocoon.

The Brainwasher, Tuesday, 22 January 2008 22:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

i like oceania but maybe not in the 'best singles!!!!' sense

tehresa, Tuesday, 22 January 2008 22:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

was this just moved to ILM? i liked it on ILE.

probably hyperballad. fucking HYPERPERFECT Is what that is. gotta sleep on it though/

Surmounter, Tuesday, 22 January 2008 23:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

Sorry, just figured it would get a bigger response on ILM.

chap, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 00:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

It's not like I have anything against her usual style, a lot of electronica experiments for sure.

But it's still "It's Oh So Quiet" for me because it's such an amazing vocal performance, and because her vocals fit better with the arrangement than they usually do.

Geir Hongro, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 00:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

joga joga joga

roxymuzak, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 00:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

I voted Bachelorette, but surprised myself by almost going for Triumph of a Heart.

Jordan, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 00:06 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yuh Joga.

I also kind of love I Miss You with teh horns etc. it's fun.

W4LTER, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 00:07 (ten years ago) Permalink

Human Behavior. all downhill from there.

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 00:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Joga"

Alex in SF, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 00:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

Bump

chap, Friday, 25 January 2008 16:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

HYPRBLLD

The Reverend, Friday, 25 January 2008 16:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Joga" or "I Miss You" or "Big Time Sexuality." Hmm.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Friday, 25 January 2008 16:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

Batchelorette easy.

Matt DC, Friday, 25 January 2008 17:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

Isobel.

Mark G, Friday, 25 January 2008 17:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

hyperballad or joga or bachelorette. But only the fluke remix of hyperballad is worthwhile, so scratch that. Hmm, simple and affecting vs big sweeping drama...

ledge, Friday, 25 January 2008 17:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

hyper

gman, Friday, 25 January 2008 17:27 (ten years ago) Permalink

oh fuck i forgot about big time sensuality

that was always my favorite bjork song, but i really don't now if it can trump hyperballad. THATS HARD....

Surmounter, Friday, 25 January 2008 17:42 (ten years ago) Permalink

the midi version of hyperballad is awesome

Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Friday, 25 January 2008 18:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

Venus as a Boy

DavidM, Friday, 25 January 2008 20:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

All Is Full Of Love (Plaid Mix)

StanM, Friday, 25 January 2008 21:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

Venus as a Boy

CaptainLorax, Friday, 25 January 2008 21:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

"

fandango, Friday, 25 January 2008 23:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

or perhaps that's just nostalgia...

got the vote anyway

fandango, Friday, 25 January 2008 23:38 (ten years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

ILX System, Thursday, 31 January 2008 00:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

ILX System, Friday, 1 February 2008 00:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

Damn, I should've voted for Pagan Poetry instead of Hyperballad. makes me sad to see it sitting there with zero votes.

chap, Friday, 1 February 2008 03:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

bad showing for innocence

Surmounter, Friday, 1 February 2008 03:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

Debut is insanely overrated, which makes this ...

Violently Happy 0

... all the more an outrage.

Eric H., Friday, 1 February 2008 03:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

Debut is probs my fav

Surmounter, Friday, 1 February 2008 04:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

violently happy in particular

Surmounter, Friday, 1 February 2008 04:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

wow

Surmounter, Friday, 1 February 2008 04:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

4 for Joga?! RONG

Autumn Almanac, Friday, 1 February 2008 04:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

Debut is severely underrated if anything! suffers by comparison to the direction her careers taken since (i.e. it's not 'weird/adventurous/creative' enough... bollox imo), by being the first, a little of-it's-time-ness to the production, etc etc

and the fans she's attracted becoming a little haughty about their private little megastar dirtying herself with popular music way back when (if only again...)

also, I hate all those 6th single from an album picks, Hunter's an incredible album opener, but as a single? meh.

fandango, Friday, 1 February 2008 07:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

wow, there are some fantastic songs that received 0 votes: 'pagan poetry', 'play dead' and 'army of me'. each of these songs, particularly the former two, feature some of the best vocals she ever committed to tape i think

Charlie Howard, Friday, 1 February 2008 11:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

Debut is the only Björk album I bother to listen (besides the jazz album she did in 1990), and I don't think it's really sounds of-its-time that much. I was listening to it a while ago, and I was surprised how timeless the production actually are, it definitely sounds less dated that many other dance albums released in 1994. I think many of her later, more trip-hoppy tunes actually sound more dated.

Tuomas, Friday, 1 February 2008 11:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

I haven't really paid attention to her latest efforts though - has she even done any proper dance music since the mid-90's?

Tuomas, Friday, 1 February 2008 11:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Hunter" was actually the first Bjork song I heard. I remember I saw the video on a tv they had set up outside Gameworks when I was waiting to get in there for my friend's (12th maybe?) birthday. I was a little freaked out.

Zeros for "Oceania" and "Army of Me" and "Innocence" and especially "Pagan Poetry" make me : (

The Reverend, Friday, 1 February 2008 12:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

'It's In Our Hands' is great.

blueski, Friday, 1 February 2008 12:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

PROPER dance music, i don't know,

there's definitely been some dance but never really the same since Debut

Surmounter, Friday, 1 February 2008 14:06 (ten years ago) Permalink

which isn't to say that i would want it any other way. all subsequent albums have been properly AMAZING, but yeah, Debut holds a special place in my heart

Surmounter, Friday, 1 February 2008 14:06 (ten years ago) Permalink

there's always the Vitalic mix of 'Who Is It'

Tuomas: yes.

energy flash gordon, Saturday, 2 February 2008 04:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

there's always the Vitalic mix of 'Who Is It'

-- blueski, Friday, February 1, 2008 9:52 AM (13 hours ago) Bookmark Link

^ YSI?

Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Saturday, 2 February 2008 04:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

six years pass...

I finally fell in love with another song from Debut: "One Day."

a guy named Christian White who represents the typical white Christian (Eric H.), Wednesday, 24 September 2014 13:15 (four years ago) Permalink

(Up to now, I'd only really liked "Violently Happy" and "Venus as a Boy.")

a guy named Christian White who represents the typical white Christian (Eric H.), Wednesday, 24 September 2014 13:16 (four years ago) Permalink

Have you heard the live version of "One Day" from her last tour? Totally rearranged, just her and Manu Delago playing the shit out ouf his hang. It's sublime.

mthrn, Wednesday, 24 September 2014 13:38 (four years ago) Permalink

Yep, that amazing Biophilia tour version is what pushed me to go back and check out the original. Amazing song.

a guy named Christian White who represents the typical white Christian (Eric H.), Wednesday, 24 September 2014 13:58 (four years ago) Permalink

it will always perplex me that "hyperballad" is the consensus best björk single

bizarrely didn't vote in this but my order would be

jóga
bachelorette
hidden place
pagan poetry
hunter
play dead
isobel
human behaviour
big time sensuality
army of me
violently happy
all is full of love
i miss you
venus as a boy
oceania
hyperballad
who is it?
alarm call
earth intruders
declare independence
cocoon
triumph of a heart
it's in our hands
possibly maybe
the dull flame of desire
wanderlust
innocence
it's oh so quiet

i added the last two singles off volta; i would have added the singles off biophilia but i can't remember a thing about three of them, you can p much slot them in at the bottom

lex pretend, Wednesday, 24 September 2014 19:48 (four years ago) Permalink

oh that's the version of "oceania" with kelis obv

lex pretend, Wednesday, 24 September 2014 19:48 (four years ago) Permalink

"Hyper-Ballad" has the best lyric of any Björk song (or any song, really) by a long shot. That's why it'd be my #1. I also love: "Who Is It?" all versions of it, esp. the Bogdan Raczinski remix with the Colargol video, "Human Behaviour", "Venus As A Boy", "Cocoon" and "Hunter". The rest bubble under. Bum lyrics sink so many of B's songs out of sight for me, Jóga with its "state of emergency" chorus and Bachelorette with its "like a killer whale / trapped in a bay". One of the reasons "Biophilia" has become my favourite Bjork album is that she totally knocked it out of the park, those are real songs

flambient 4: on goon (fgti), Wednesday, 24 September 2014 20:18 (four years ago) Permalink

Bjork's ear for weird English phrases are a big part of what initially attracted me to The Sugarcubes and I love that some element of that weirdness has persisted through her solo career.

💪😈⚠️ (DJP), Wednesday, 24 September 2014 20:20 (four years ago) Permalink

Yeah, Bjork's off kilter lyrics are the one thing that keeps me checked in even when -- as in Biophilia (especially in Biophilia) -- the music loses me entirely.

a guy named Christian White who represents the typical white Christian (Eric H.), Wednesday, 24 September 2014 20:48 (four years ago) Permalink

I started liking "5 Years" less when I realized she wasn't singing "You can't hurry love/It's up the ass"

💪😈⚠️ (DJP), Wednesday, 24 September 2014 20:50 (four years ago) Permalink

How Scandinavian of her.

a guy named Christian White who represents the typical white Christian (Eric H.), Wednesday, 24 September 2014 20:53 (four years ago) Permalink

(Up to now, I'd only really liked "Violently Happy" and "Venus as a Boy.")

― a guy named Christian White who represents the typical white Christian (Eric H.

I don't know if you were at the time, but I loved Debut as the apotheosis of that Nellee Hooper early nineties shuffle beat, weirded by Bjork. It sounds confident and sure of itself, and no trace of the Sugarcubes. If it sounds thin now, blame its successors.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 24 September 2014 20:55 (four years ago) Permalink

*if you were there at the time

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 24 September 2014 20:55 (four years ago) Permalink

I didn't really hop aboard on Hooper until the R+J soundtrack, I think.

a guy named Christian White who represents the typical white Christian (Eric H.), Wednesday, 24 September 2014 20:58 (four years ago) Permalink

"Wanderlust" was her most recent single that got the blood pumping for her like it did back in my college days.

a guy named Christian White who represents the typical white Christian (Eric H.), Wednesday, 24 September 2014 20:59 (four years ago) Permalink

Eh, I was there at the time and I thought that most of Debut was a valiant failed effort; only "Human Behaviour", "Big Time Sensuality" and "There's More To Life Than This" worked for me and I had basically written her off as "better in rock bands and with 808 State" until I heard "Army of Me". (Then I heard the rest of Post and "Army of Me" became less impressive, lol.)

💪😈⚠️ (DJP), Wednesday, 24 September 2014 20:59 (four years ago) Permalink

loved those three, "Venus as a Boy," "One Day," "Come to Me" (which has one of my favorite keyboard hooks and uses of icy electronics in a ballad) -- all of it really except "The Anchor Song."

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 24 September 2014 21:04 (four years ago) Permalink

I wasn't there at the time.

a guy named Christian White who represents the typical white Christian (Eric H.), Wednesday, 24 September 2014 22:27 (four years ago) Permalink

I loooooove "Crying" and "Venus" and "There's More To Life Than This" and "Anchor Song" and "Aeroplane" and all those weirdzo tracks. Debut is a fabulous album. I even like the jazz song. To my ears, "Violently Happy" is the only bummer jam but again, not my favourite lyric and the melody is lame slash non-existent. My first MIDI keyboard I got when I was 14 I transcribed "Venus" into its sequencer, lol.

Regarding Biophilia-- I had a unique problem with Bjork's production when she hooked up with The Greenhouse around Vespertine and started recording her vocals into an SM58 and mixing them hot and sibilant. My ears shrink from it. When she changed to work instead with Damien, he softened her voice and made it sound great again (Volta, Biophilia). For my personal history of Bjork it's like she disappeared after Selmasongs and reappeared 10 years later making terrific arty prog-rock. I guess if you're hanging around waiting for New Hot Bjork Singles then Volta might be a disappointment (I hated "Earth Intruders" and "Independence" but thought the rest was A+), but I dunno, Biophilia rules, it's an entirely original and amazing record and if it were some lost Tzadik thing made by an anonymous we'd all be bragging about who found it first

flambient 4: on goon (fgti), Wednesday, 24 September 2014 23:42 (four years ago) Permalink

Bjork's vocals being hot on Vespertine don't bug me half as much as the choir swells being hot. The only disappointment I associate with "It's Not Up To You" and "Undo" is that their climaxes sound cramped and overbearing than expansive. (Production only; the arrangement is great.)

a guy named Christian White who represents the typical white Christian (Eric H.), Wednesday, 24 September 2014 23:46 (four years ago) Permalink

The Vespertine Live album is really great cause you get to hear those arrangements executed in a 'real' space

von Daniken Donuts (Jon Lewis), Thursday, 25 September 2014 04:15 (four years ago) Permalink

biophilia was the first time björk's lyrics started to jar with me; i have no problem with the supposed "bad lyrics" mentioned so far from homogenic or post, but biophilia felt very...conscious, and laboured, on many levels

lex pretend, Thursday, 25 September 2014 13:19 (four years ago) Permalink

Those are both positive adjectives in my book :)

flambient 4: on goon (fgti), Thursday, 25 September 2014 13:20 (four years ago) Permalink

My first reaction to Homogenic as a teen was so negative. "I'm going hunting / I'm the hunter" "I'm no fucking Buddhist / but this is enlightenment" wtffffffff. I liked the fake-mythic stuff like "Unravel", or the fake-conversational tone of "Pluto". I try not to be critical of ESL lyricists when they're playing-at-poetry but it does get in the way of true love sometimes

flambient 4: on goon (fgti), Thursday, 25 September 2014 13:33 (four years ago) Permalink

I wish I could go back in time and play teen-you "Birthday" first just so I could film your reaction

💪😈⚠️ (DJP), Thursday, 25 September 2014 13:36 (four years ago) Permalink

I first heard the Icelandic language version tbh and I stuck with it

flambient 4: on goon (fgti), Thursday, 25 September 2014 13:37 (four years ago) Permalink

conscious, and laboured, on many levels
― lex pretend

Those are both positive adjectives in my book :)
― flambient 4: on goon (fgti)

Hah, this is like how I can think of no worse adjective to apply to dance music than "academic."

Eric H., Thursday, 25 September 2014 13:41 (four years ago) Permalink

"I'm no fucking Buddhist / but this is enlightenment"

haha i LOVED that lyric as a teenager

lex pretend, Thursday, 25 September 2014 13:42 (four years ago) Permalink

Being exposed to Homogenic as a teenager is the only reason I think I was able to digest and absorb sentiments like "maybe not from the sources you have poured yours, maybe not from the directions you are staring at."

Eric H., Thursday, 25 September 2014 13:48 (four years ago) Permalink

Can't believe "Pagan Poetry", "Play Dead", "Violently Happy" and "I Miss You" all got zero votes in this poll.

Tim F, Thursday, 25 September 2014 13:57 (four years ago) Permalink

"Play Dead" was my number one soundtrack to ~really deep thoughts~ at age 13.

Tim F, Thursday, 25 September 2014 13:57 (four years ago) Permalink

"i miss you" is one of the weirdest tracks in björk's discography, especially in retrospect

lex pretend, Thursday, 25 September 2014 14:12 (four years ago) Permalink

I had no idea there were five singles off Volta, I don't have much affection for any of those songs at all ('Innoncence' isn't bad but it's basically 'Alarm Call Pt. 2'). Can't remember which Biophilia singles are which either but I do like that album as a whole. I agree with Lex's first 10 more or less although I'd put 'Hyperballad' and 'Venus...' in there and bump 'Army of Me' and 'Violently Happy'.

Gavin, Leeds, Thursday, 25 September 2014 14:16 (four years ago) Permalink

The trumpet solo at the end of "I Miss You" (and similarly on "Enjoy") >>>>>>

flambient 4: on goon (fgti), Thursday, 25 September 2014 14:21 (four years ago) Permalink

Bjork was the first ESL lyricist I ever went deep with-- ESL is typed with zero judgement, obv, just a statement of fact. It was so amazing to hear her ways around English. I absolutely fucking loved all the unconventional wordings of her stuff on Debut and Post: "you better be ready to get confused", "your rescue squad / is too exhausted"-- even the way she pauses here on "rescue squad" like she's teasing out what the right word is, it sounds like she's mid-argument--, the weird weighting of "suggests exciting sex", "like dinosaurs and people", "my best souvenir", "I suck my tongue in remembrance of you". Or the way she liked to dwell on details that were so unconventional "we'd then have to rush back / to the town's best baker / to get the fresh bread of the morning".

But my favourite moments of all were of course the ones where she didn't seem cute or exotic but seemed to be looking right through me, like on "Hyper-Ballad" especially

flambient 4: on goon (fgti), Thursday, 25 September 2014 14:28 (four years ago) Permalink

poxiii björk deep cuts:

come to me
charlene
sod off
my snare
pluto
one day
enjoy
unravel
aurora
where is the line?
the modern things
my spine

lex pretend, Thursday, 25 September 2014 14:31 (four years ago) Permalink

Man I love "Sod Off."

Eric H., Thursday, 25 September 2014 14:34 (four years ago) Permalink

"Homogenic" didn't have many songwritey moments that resonated with me, though production-wise it was fucking amaaaaazing. "Cocoon" was a big one for me on "Vespertine" but most of the rest of that album's songs have faded from my mind. I wanted to hold on to the song about her son pouring oil in her mouth but it never stuck.

In comparison I really fuck with "Virus" and "Cosmogony", not to mention the out-there shit like "Dark Matter" and "Hollow", but emotionally I file her recent records next to Dagmar Krause

flambient 4: on goon (fgti), Thursday, 25 September 2014 14:35 (four years ago) Permalink

FUUUUCK lex those are all amazing songs

flambient 4: on goon (fgti), Thursday, 25 September 2014 14:36 (four years ago) Permalink

"Heirloom" is the one track that doesn't work for me on Vespertine b/c album is 110 percent sex and then BOOM song about her mother and son stuffing lightbulbs down the throat.

Eric H., Thursday, 25 September 2014 14:47 (four years ago) Permalink

Also, the lyrics to "Immature" are all they need to be.

Eric H., Thursday, 25 September 2014 14:48 (four years ago) Permalink

play dead is so great. maybe my number 3 after Bachelorette and Isobel.

zip it shrimpy (dog latin), Thursday, 25 September 2014 15:08 (four years ago) Permalink

brb gonna listen to " Come to Me" for the nth time in the last 24 hours.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 25 September 2014 15:23 (four years ago) Permalink

one of my favorite string sections on an electronic track too.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 25 September 2014 15:24 (four years ago) Permalink

"Who Is It" always seemed like a deep cut to me, despite being a single, and it's absolutely my 2nd or 3rd favourite Bjork song

Here's the version Tagaq and B and Rahzel did together, ruuuuules

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60meINdgk9c

flambient 4: on goon (fgti), Thursday, 25 September 2014 15:31 (four years ago) Permalink

'filed emotionally next to dagmar krause' = you just sold me a copy of biophilia, young man!

von Daniken Donuts (Jon Lewis), Thursday, 25 September 2014 15:59 (four years ago) Permalink

five months pass...
three years pass...

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