Personalities | Björk | Nineties | Rock

(Vocals, b. 1965)

Lead singer with native Icelandic band The Sugarcubes, Björk Gudmundsdóttir went solo in 1991. Debut (1993) was a starting collection of songs yielding hits like the dance entrancing ‘Human Behaviour’ and ‘Venus As A Boy’ complete with Indian soundtrack string arrangements. Björk’s unique keening and infectiously enthusiastic singing style was a refreshing change and Debut charted internationally. Always with an ear to the UK club scene – and a savvy video star – the driving beats of ‘Big Time Sensuality’, ‘Violently Happy’ and ‘Army Of Me’ helped to drive the success of Post (1995). A lush orchestral cover version of 1948 hit ‘It’s Oh So Quiet’ demonstrated the eclectic nature of her music. Despite media intrusion into her personal life – Tricky and Goldie had both been lovers – Björk began producing her own albums and success continued. Following her own muse at all times, she even recorded a vocals only-album, Medulla (2004).

Styles & Forms | Nineties | Rock
Personalities | The Black Crowes | Nineties | Rock

Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


An extensive music information resource, bringing together the talents and expertise of a wide range of editors and musicologists, including Stanley Sadie, Charles Wilson, Paul Du Noyer, Tony Byworth, Bob Allen, Howard Mandel, Cliff Douse, William Schafer, John Wilson...


Classical, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Country and more. Flame Tree has been making encyclopaedias and guides about music for over 20 years. Now Flame Tree Pro brings together a huge canon of carefully curated information on genres, styles, artists and instruments. It's a perfect tool for study, and entertaining too, a great companion to our music books.

Rock, A Life Story

Rock, A Life Story

The ultimate story of a life of rock music, from the 1950s to the present day.

David Bowie

David Bowie

Fantastic new, unofficial biography covers his life, music, art and movies, with a sweep of incredible photographs.