Nov 21, 2013 3:02PM

Oyster Archive: Happy Birthday Bjork

We revisit our Oyster #4 interview from 1995.

We interviewed Bjork for Oyster #4 back in 1995. Yep. Amazing right? The accompanying shoot, called 'Viking Princess' can be seen in the gallery above, but to celebrate the 47th birthday of our favourite Icelandic pixie, we've compiled some highlights from our archived interview — conducted when she was just 28-years-old. Happy birthday, girl! You are one kook that we hope never changes.

 
On pop music: "I don't look at it as some planned thing. I think pop music is very chaotic and I think it is a collection of accidents. I just happen to be one of them. Pop music is supposed to be about real life, if it all sounds the same then it is an illusion. No one can lead a life like that. No one can plan their life, it just happens. 
 
 
My turn-on now may be different to where I end up. I can't analyse it too much because I would be taking away jobs from journalists or historians or musicologists. It's their job to analyse. People call me a lot of things, you know, at the end of the day it's all about being a pop artist, about making pop music. I just do it."
 
 
On getting inspiration: "I don't know. Um. It's like eating, sleeping, fucking, laughing. If you don't sleep for a week you become a little strange. For me, if I don't sing or make tunes, it's like one of my physical needs is not being met. Everyone has these needs. Some people play squash, others get drunk, some people have sex with strangers. Everybody has a different way, and this is just my way to keep sane.
 
 
On public image: I look at media people and photographers as making a documentary about me rather than trying to create an image from illusion. What the public thinks affects me, but it doesn't alter what I do. The energy and drive I have is because I love to do it and I want to do it. If people like what I do, that is a bonus, I'm still the one who is having a great time. 
 
 
On freedom: "What makes you feel free today may not make you feel free tomorrow. It doesn't matter what you do, there is always going to be a difference between what the world wants you do to and what you want to do. I thank god because that's why there is such a thing as individuality. It really exists."
 
 
On personal taste: "I listen to all sorts of music. I get crazy obsessions. The last one I had was for Stockhausan, and before that it was Indian film music. I always think there is one more song I haven't heard. Since I was a kid, I've always been like this."
 
 
On feminism: "I have labelled myself as an anti-feminist feminist and I think it suits me well. The whole female things is very important of course, but then again it's just as important as the fact that I have two legs and that I come from Iceland. It's just one of those things. I see so many women constantly questioning themselves. Questioning why they do certain things. There's this endless analytical process. What they don't understand is that the main reason men have the freedom to do what they want, and get away with it, is that they don't question themselves. They just do it. Women should stop doubting themselves because it cages them in and ties them down. They should just do what they want. Don't take so much shit. 
 
 
P.S. Now watch Bjork, as she teaches us about the inner workings of the household television. 
 
 
Photo: Tim Bauer
As told to: Alexandra Smart