One of many Björk videos directed by Michel Gondry, this conceptual piece turns her success into a book called My Story, which she puts into the arms of the public until it disappears. Starting in a black-and-white nature scene before unfolding into a colorful urban setting, “Bachelorette” is one of Björk’s best conceptual videos.
4. “Pagan Poetry”
Here Björk’s body is literally sewn into a wedding dress (designed by Alexander McQueen), as she plays a woman preparing herself for marriage. The first half takes us in and out of the abstract before revealing a half-nude Björk chanting “I love him.” At the time, MTV thought the video too “controversial” and banned it from airplay.
3. “It’s Oh So Quiet”
For this cover of Betty Hutton, Björk dances through a revolving diner door, skips through the street in a yellow dress and runs into a group of women with colorful umbrellas who join her in a dance. Directed by Spike Jonze, the video was based on Jacques Demy’s The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and certainly feels like a scene from a broadway musical.
2. “All Is Full of Love”
Apparently robots were quite the sensual beings in 1999. Director Chris Cunningham turns Björk into a robot and has us watch while she’s put together in a factory before falling into a sexy make-out session with another bot. Technological but romantic, it’s impossible to look away. Not to mention, the computer animation techniques were a special feat at the time.
Designed by video production team Encyclopedia Pictura, this mythological 3D video is a world of its own. Odd and inspired, it goes far beyond our usual expectations of music videos and can more closely be defined as “experimental art.” When one of the creators Isaiah Saxon was asked about the “basic concept” of the video, she said: “Björk is an archetypal nomad, shepherding giant yaks through the Mountains.” Which, totally. She also said the video took nine months to create. It was worth it.