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Yes, I confess: I am a fan of Bjork

I especially like her lesbian robot video.

Comments

  1. #1 romsteady
    March 30, 2010

    Since machines are inherently asexual, can they truly be lesbian robots?

  2. #2 startlingmoniker
    March 30, 2010

    There’s nothing wrong with being a Bjork fan, PZ! I think her music is wonderful– and you should check out her earlier work in KUKL as well, especially “Holidays in Europe (The Naughty Nought)”.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZ-rhuMZdyc

  3. #3 Etruscan
    March 30, 2010

    I saw this video a while back. If only the Will Smith movie had been a bit more like this.

  4. #4 Spiv
    March 30, 2010

    See old man? You’re down with us kids. I’ve certainly held a crush for her. And most crazy women, as has been oft pointed out to me.

  5. #5 PZ Myers
    March 30, 2010

    Since both robots are Bjork, this might be a masturbation video, technically.

  6. #6 aratina cage
    March 30, 2010

    No need to confess it, it shows great taste.

  7. #7 https://me.yahoo.com/hairychris444#96384
    March 30, 2010

    Chris Cunningham’s videos are great. If a bit disturbing. This Aphex Twin video is one of the all-time greats… (NSFW language)

  8. #8 Chris Hegarty
    March 30, 2010

    My favorite is “It’s Oh So Quiet”. She’s a bit of a strange lady, though; there’s a video on youtube about her taking apart a television. Hilarity ensues.

    ZIG BOOM!

    http://hegartyblog.wordpress.com

  9. #9 startlingmoniker
    March 30, 2010

    Hold on– if you’re throwing up an Aphex/Cunningham vid and it ISN’T “Rubber Johnny,” then you’re doing it wrong: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXyIB2L52Dc

  10. #10 ereador
    March 30, 2010

    I have an occasional fantasy about moving to Iceland, learning the language, and writing music with Bjork. No problem here, PZ; I completely understand. How could anyone not like lesbian robots?

  11. #11 Janine, Mistress Of Foul Mouth Abuse, OM
    March 30, 2010
  12. #12 https://me.yahoo.com/hairychris444#96384
    March 30, 2010

    @9 – well, I just find the edited-on faces & general piss take of gangstas makes me laugh each time. “Rubber Johnny” is more genuinely disturbing. :-)

  13. #13 stevieinthecity#9dac9
    March 30, 2010

    Bjork is amazing. Aphex Twin is amazing.

  14. #14 Janine, Mistress Of Foul Mouth Abuse, OM
    March 30, 2010

    Perhaps I am being a bit cliched but you kind of have to have some Kraftwerk.

  15. #15 racartwright
    March 30, 2010

    I figured that your favorite would be “Deus” by the Sugarcubes.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2sJzec2wmw

  16. #16 Janine, Mistress Of Foul Mouth Abuse, OM
    March 30, 2010
  17. #17 woozalia
    March 30, 2010

    Who says machines are inherently asexual? Organicist bigot.

    “Organic life-forms have no sense of fun.” – unnamed Frogstar disco-bot

  18. #18 ursulamajor
    March 30, 2010
  19. #19 Janine, Mistress Of Foul Mouth Abuse, OM
    March 30, 2010
  20. #20 Givesgoodemail
    March 30, 2010

    My favorite Bjork has got to be her musical treatment of Vsur Vatnsenda-Rsu (an Icelandic poem) on Hector Zazou’s album Chansons des mers froides (Songs from the Cold Seas).

    If you’re a Hearts of Space subscriber you can hear it here. (Sorry for the plug. I’m not associated with HoS, other than being a really satisfied customer.)

    Wonderful. Haunting. Melancholy as hell, and I don’t even speak Icelandic.

  21. #21 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    March 30, 2010

    I feel I have to point out that that video is missing one important thing.

    Bacon.

  22. #22 MoonShark
    March 30, 2010

    Great, I had to read the comments. Now instead on one sweet video I have a dozen to watch *sigh*.

    @the Reverend: Actually when those machines aren’t building androids (er, gynoids?) they dispense bacon. In the future you won’t be able to walk 10 feet without finding a bacon dispenser.

  23. #23 https://me.yahoo.com/hairychris444#96384
    March 30, 2010

    Rev BDC

    Unfortunately, this is the only bacon themed music video that I can think of.

    Avoid if:

    You can’t stand parody black metal
    You don’t want to see a fat bloke in corpsepaint being fed bacon by a scantily clad woman
    You think that childrens’ play areas should be used by children
    You want directorial and/or musical talent

    FWIW I think that’s great.

  24. #24 Paul W., OM
    March 30, 2010

    romsteady:

    Since machines are inherently asexual, can they truly be lesbian robots?

    Organic lifeforms are machines too.

    Congratulations, you just disproved sexuality.

    Gotta say, I really like the way Bjork squirts air through her meat.

    http://www.sff.net/people/tbisson/meat.html

  25. #25 pinkboi
    March 30, 2010

    Hail Bjrk!! If you like her, you might also like her often collaborator, Matmos (who are two gay non-robots). And yes, Aphex Twin is God.

  26. #26 cuco3
    March 30, 2010

    As a slightly more up-to-date alternative to Kraftwerk, might I suggest this?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD5P7RsC9TI

  27. #27 ereador
    March 30, 2010

    Bacon and lesbians — two of my favorite people, or foods.

    /sorry I had to do that.

  28. #28 Cliff Hendroval
    March 30, 2010

    Here’s a nice, weird, semi-offensive video just right for the current religious holiday:

    Stump – Charlton Heston

  29. #29 Draken
    March 30, 2010

    Wht perhps lke mst bt Bjrk, prt frm hr msc, s th fnn n hr nm, whch bt s nt n PZ’s kbrd.

  30. #30 quesarah21
    March 30, 2010

    You’re a fan of Bjrk, eh? Me too.

    My favorites, “Earth Intruders”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1Q9ppPPHjU

    and “Human Behavior”.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuwiYq50gwA&feature=player_embedded#

  31. #31 ghholm
    March 30, 2010
  32. #32 Janine, Mistress Of Foul Mouth Abuse, OM
    March 30, 2010

    Cliff, I love having a fierce pancake but there is a robot theme. But damn, I love it when Charlton Heston puts his vest on.

    Captured! By Robots I cannot believe I am even posting even a cover of that fucking band.

  33. #33 jafafahots
    March 30, 2010

    Vespertine is as far as I’m concerned a masterpiece. One of my favorite CDs of all time, got me through some rough times just by being so beautiful.

    Then there’s Vokuro, off of Medulla. So beautiful.
    http://video.yandex.ru/users/nadeykas/view/292/

    And of course Selmasongs, from the movie Dancer in the Dark.

    My eldest niece picks on me for being a Bjork fan, but I don’t care.

  34. #34 BobbyEarle
    March 30, 2010

    She is great, but Slash is a better guitarist.

    /Typical YouTube commenter mode off.

  35. #35 https://me.yahoo.com/a/yJNTxfs5j.KZJAp9er13NOGPJqo-#d62e3
    March 30, 2010

    ereador

    I have an occasional fantasy about moving to Iceland, learning the language, and writing music with Bjork.

    Bjrk lives in New York City with an American man (Matthew Barney) and their daughter. She’s also probably written more songs in English than Icelandic, so maybe your fantasy is a little bit easier to realize than you think.

    All Is Full of Love is the best music video in Creation as far as I’m concerned. Here’s a great live vocal performance of AIFOL:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDYMfm0JQOE

  36. #36 hznfrst
    March 30, 2010

    In the interest of balance, this just creepy.

  37. #37 https://me.yahoo.com/a/yJNTxfs5j.KZJAp9er13NOGPJqo-#d62e3
    March 30, 2010

    Draken

    Wht perhps lke mst bt Bjrk, prt frm hr msc, s th fnn n hr nm, whch bt s nt n PZ’s kbrd.

    It’s not that funny, really, just a letter in the alphabet. See

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icelandic_alphabet

    Some languages have a more sane written form than English, where you are trying to denote forty-four (if memory serves) sounds with twenty-six letters in a completely incoherent way, making a big mess of the whole thing and making it very difficult for kids to learn to write. Get more letters! Or at least use the existing ones systematically.

    For the record. my Finnish keyboard has . ‘Bjrk’ means ‘birch’ in English, and the root of the two words is the same. It was ‘beorc’ or some such English in the bad old times when the English language was still a weirdo dialect of Danish.

  38. #38 mconrsullivan
    March 30, 2010

    I distrust anyone who’s not a fan of Bjork.

  39. #39 blf
    March 30, 2010

    Yes, I confess: I am a fan of Bjork

    I think there are clinics where this can be treated.

  40. #40 Butch Pansy
    March 30, 2010

    I love Bjork’s music. Sometimes you need some noise, however,and it helps if there is PENIS in the name of the band: Surgical Penis Klinik. Oz in the 80s. Careful, this site autoplays.

    SPK

  41. #41 Butch Pansy
    March 30, 2010

    Link fail.

    http://spk.id.au/

    Try that. One size fits most.

  42. #42 Moggie
    March 30, 2010

    They say you Brade Runnah!

    Bjrk isn’t the only good thing to come out of Iceland, of course: there’s also the wonderful Sigur Rs:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4L_DQKCDgeM

    Their tour video Heima is wonderful.

    It’s great that Bjrk has developed as an artist, but I miss the energy of the Sugarcubes days.

  43. #43 https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawnxHp0ue-R-K5zE9YMP01ynEK9C8GlxViQ
    March 30, 2010

    You *should* be a fan of Bjrk, she’s wonderful!

  44. #44 Epikt
    March 30, 2010

    hznfrst:

    In the interest of balance, this just creepy.

    Yeah, but it’s my kind of creepy.

  45. #45 TrineBM
    March 30, 2010

    Ohhh – so much good music!
    Givesgoodemail: I thought noone but me knew the Chansons des mers froides!!! Amazing cd. Must. Buy. Now.

    I was beginning to develop a theory about Bjrk-appreciation: Men dislike her, women like her.
    I have now – on this very thread been proven wrong.

    And I like that ;-)

  46. #46 https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawlZhMUnjA9BsWP9zojf401f2aINdplmJP0
    March 30, 2010

    Maybe I suffer a little from pareidolia, or I’m obsessed with meat balls, but doesn’t it look like our dear FSM around 3:15 ?

  47. #48 Donnie B.
    March 30, 2010

    Note: this robot not voiced by Alan Tudyk.

  48. #49 The Chimp's Raging Id
    March 30, 2010

    I’ve got the Chris Cunningham video collection and this is definitely the best of the bunch.

    @TrineBM

    Further evidence to the contrary here. I’m male and have been a fan of hers since Debut.

  49. #50 NixNoctua
    March 30, 2010

    This reminds me of a conversation I had with Cleverbot once…

  50. #51 hznfrst
    March 30, 2010

    Hey TrineBM #45, I would modify your theory to say that *heterosexual* men dislike her – not that there’s anything wrong with men who do like her…

  51. #52 jafafahots
    March 30, 2010

    Hey, I’m male and I like her, and I’m reputed to be heterosexual. In theory at least.

  52. #53 llewelly
    March 30, 2010

    romsteady | March 30, 2010 11:24 AM:

    Since machines are inherently asexual, can they truly be lesbian robots?

    There is nothing “inherently asexual” about machines. It’s all about their programming. Any robot can be lesbian, bi, gay, straight, whatever, so long as they have the right software and hardware.

  53. #54 devnull73.myopenid.com
    March 30, 2010

    i love the video on youtube (cant find it, at work) with Bjork and Mike Patton in the studio.

    It’s frickin hilarious – Patton does his screamy thing for a while, then everyone applauds and Bjork looks like Patton just delivered the performance of the century :)

  54. #55 CompulsoryAccount7746
    March 31, 2010

    This thread about jarring imagery/noise set to monotonous rhythm reminds me of a scene in Babylon 5 wherein a telepath sits at a table with two aliens speaking gibberish.

    Talia: I’ve been scanning Mr. Abbut all day, and his mind is still just as empty as when we started. And these phrases that you keep speaking in, they don’t make any sense.

    Kosh: Ah, you seek meaning. Then listen to the music, not the song.

    [After some more babble, it finally sinks in and she screams.]

    At least Technologic’s an earworm of sorts…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPZJYQXQsm8

    I find most of the techno/electronica/house/etc genres’ offerings headache inducing… or is that the objective?

  55. #56 defides
    March 31, 2010

    I saw the video of Hit in 1991 – probably on one of the Saturday morning kids shows (from the demise of The Tube until replaced by vile cookery programs for the relentlessly bourgeois, the best source of new music on TV) and I thought at the time the Sugarcubes would be huge. It was like nothing anybody else was doing, and Bjrk was clearly a superstar. As it happens, the Sugarcubes split up and only Bjrk became huge.

  56. #57 TrineBM
    March 31, 2010

    @jafafahots, hznfrst and TheChimpsragingid,
    The thing is I’ve experienced males who like anything from heavyrock to electronica and avantgardejazz who all as one find her ‘aggressive’ ‘stressing’ and ‘unbearable’.
    And I find her funny, cool, funky and heavy-in-the-good-sense.

    Glad to hear that it’s not so all over the world.

  57. #58 Draken
    March 31, 2010

    #37: It’s not that funny, really, just a letter in the alphabet.

    I know, I moved from the Netherlands to Denmark, so I’ve gotten used to the ‘extended alphabet’.

    Another tip if you want to hear Bjrk in Icelandic is Gling Gl, a collection of jazzy songs. Here’s one number.

  58. #59 Moveable Type
    March 31, 2010

    Bjork?

    I thought you were a music lover!

  59. #60 10cities10years
    March 31, 2010

    I also am a heterosexual male (most days) who enjoys Bjrk.

    I’m glad Sigur Rs got some love here, their music (and videos) are beautiful. Is it too clich to mention Radiohead? Not their best video (or song) but it fits the vibe of the original post, so here is Like Spinning Plates

    10Cities10Years

  60. #61 remy.j
    April 1, 2010

    Bjork rules and Chris Cunningham is also genius..artists in the superlative sense of visionaries.
    I was flicking through Woman’s Day or some such rag a couple days ago (gimme a break it was in a salon and the choice was that or stare at the wall) and there was a Fashion bombs of the emmies article – someone was quoted regarding Bjork’s infamous swan dress and the image stuck with me as encapsulating her perfectly:

    “…..she was backstage talking on her cellphone to someone in Iceland – you couldn’t really see the phone and i can’t understand Icelandic so it seemed like she was speaking to her dress in Swan…”

    the 1st Bjork song/vid i saw was Human Behaviour (looong ago) and i was hooked after that though i find some of her recent work inaccessible -my favs are the older ones: Hyperballad, Joga, Unravel – so many good ones – Pagan Poetry is also bjeautiful & haunting.

    Thanks Startlingmoniker now i’ll have RubberJohnny nightmares!