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Watch: Classic vintage Björk perform and explain Icelandic understanding of modern technology to Conan O'Brien

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  • Björk on Icelanders in 1993: They "kind of like misunderstand everything in a very beautiful way". Photo/Screenshot from video. See below.

In 1993 Björk appeared on the Late Night with Conan O’Brian to promote her first Solo album Debut. At the time Björk was still best known as the former lead singer of the Sugarcubes, but was quickly becoming a pop star in her own right. O’Brian was actually also just starting out as the presenter of Late Night, Björk about her career and Iceland.



Björk appears on Late Night With Conan O'Brien in 1993.

A fresh faced Björk appears on Late Night with Conan O'Brien in 1993.

Posted by FACT Magazine on Saturday, December 19, 2015


The video, which was shared by the Entertainment Website FACT Magazine on Facebook on the Friday took Facebook by a storm over the weekend. In the video Björk tells Conan about her family and new solo career, which allowed her to control everything in the artistic process, as well as her make-up and Iceland. What probably stands out are Björk’s thoughts about Icelanders´ relationship with modern technology. These are classic vintage Björk, a perfect example of her early media appearances which not only made her famous but did a lot to introduce Iceland and Icelandic culture to the wider world:

“Oh, it’s a lot of very isolated people, who actually know how to control and operate electricity.”

It’s not completely clear whether Björk is referring to Icelanders in general, or just Icelandic musicians. In either case, scholars do in fact agree that Icelanders had mastered the mystery of electricity and knew how to operate most electrical and even many electronic devices by the end of the 20th century.
Björk also commented on Iceland’s relationship with the world and access to international cultural currents:

“They are kind of isolated, they sneak and listen to American radion, and they kind of also get what’s going on in Europe, an then they and kind of like misunderstand everything in a very beautiful way.”

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