Great interview with one of my favorite artists, Bjork: medulla special : Waving a Pirate Flag. I was at a party Saturday night and met a girl from Iceland. I told her she's the only person I knew from Iceland, except Bjork, and I didn't know Bjork. Then I asked her if she believed in elves. She told me I should look into a band called Sigurros.
Q: Are the nature spirits intervening? A: "There is this stereotype of Icelanders all believing in spirits, and I've played up to that a bit in interviews too. As a member of Sigurros said, whenever a foreign record company comes over to sign an Icelandic band, the first thing they do is ask the band members whether they believe in elves, and if the do, they get signed. I hate to sound grumpy, but there are a lot of people out there who believe in a 2000 year old fairy tale. Both sides are waiting for their Messiah to arrive. And then people point their fingers at us and say we are superstitious." Q: So Bjork is not superstitious then? A: "You know, its ironic that just at the point the lawyers and the businessmen had calculated how to control music, the internet comes along and fucks everything up." Bjork gives the finger again, this time waving it into the air. "God bless the internet," she adds. Q: And what about you, then? A: "I'll still be there, waving a pirate flag."I have Bjork's first album, from when she was 11 or 12. A disco/pop sort of thing sung in Icelandic. I adore Bjork, but it's pretty awful. via Boris Anthony