fredagen den 5:e december 2008
Björk and PJ Harvey and Tori Amos, Oh my!
Ja, det här kan mycket väl vara den bästa och mest intressanta intervjun inom musiken som någonsin har gjorts. 1994 samlade Q-magazine PJ Harvey (Hardly Wait är en sån fenomenalfantastisk låt), Björk och Tori Amos i samma rum för en intervju. Tre av vår tids allraallraallra största ikoner, tillika tre av mina absoluta favoritartister. Björk, "The elfin eskimo" PJ Harvey "The mad bitch woman" (finns det ett vackrare smeknamn?) och Tori Amos "The kooky American chick", som det står i intervjuns undertext: "If Andrew Lloyd Webber were ever to make Macbeth The Musical, he’d need look no further for his three witches."
Nu ska jag droppa lite underbara citat:
Tori: "It’s funny for women because journalists pit women against each other. If you think about Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton they were all much more similar to each other than we are. We have tits. We have three holes. That’s what we have in common. We don’t even play the same instruments. It really disappoints me when some sort of competition has to be manufactured for their little minds and fantasies...We see things from different points of view and that affects people in different ways and I think that should be encouraged. It shouldn’t be like, two tits too many. Like with radio in America, they tell you, well, we’re already playing one female this week. They wouldn’t think about that with guys."
"I sense that our intentions are about exposing things within our own beings which become mirrors for other people. Like when I listen to Polly’s words, I see pieces of me that I’m not willing to see. So I’m like (taking a series of deep breaths) OK, be with this for a moment, Tori, and hear what Polly is saying. And I hear pieces of Björk that I cut out a long time ago. The girl that jumps off rooftops, that part. It’s all about consciousness."
Björk: "I've got the right to be an idiot and i've got the right to be clever, both at the same time, and i refuse to be only one or the other. i insist to be happy. i make an effort not to forget all those different colors: to get hilariously drunk sometimes and to pay all my electricity bills and to forget what time it is and run a band without a fault."
Björk: I’m not very good at communicating things but with music it makes sense.
Polly: I think you’re really good at communicating.
Björk: Yea, but I have to use my brain a lot, and it’s taken 28 years to get to this.
Björk: And your reading just goes down the toilet. You start off reading highly spiritual, good-for-the-brain things and by the end I’m just reading about fucking and sex orgies (om turnerandet)
Polly: I’ve had people from beginning to end just shouting, You fucking bitch! Go back to fucking Yeovil! I always wonder why they’ve paid money to do that. I just smile and sing at them and that seems to work. Dedicate a song to them, that always works.
Björk: No. I was into Albert Einstien and David Attenborough. I really lusted after him. (om vilka hon tycker är attraktiva)
Björk: I just wasn’t interested in boys until a few years ago. I thought they were shit. You can’t talk to them, especially as a teenager. You could play with them in a band but as people they were so limited. You can’t get properly drunk with them. Like, all the way drunk.
Björk: I sing best without anything. I know this sounds really hippy, but being on top of a mountain in the middle of the day would be best for me.
Q: Don’t you ever look at a picture of Morissey and think Phwoar!
Björk: Morissey? You’re joking.
Polly: It’s more likely to be someone who works in the pub down the road. You don’t fancy people just because they’re pop stars. And it’s not just men. Women can be attractive too.
Tori: KD Lang is kind of attractive. And that grip who was on the video shoot the other day was very attractive.
Björk: Headphones really turn me on.
Björk: and good literature. The Story of the Eye by Georges Bataille usually does the job.
Polly: And I’m a mad bitch woman from hell. I can’t get enough sex or blood!
Björk: I didn’t get that “mad bitch” impression from listening to Polly’s records. I thought she sounded like a caring person. I didn’t expect her to turn up with a chainsaw.
Och så här en intervju där Björk är i sitt Björkiga-esse!