Army of Me (3:55)

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“Army of Me” is a song by Björk, released in 1995 as the first, and leading, single from her second solo album Post. It is a grinding, industrial tune, punctuated by numerous samples of explosions and lyrics which encourages the listener to stop complaining and get on with life – or else. The song also appeared, later in the same year, on the soundtrack of Tank Girl. This song was also ranked #316 in Blender magazine’s The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born.

When Björk realised it was her most popular song to be covered by other musicians, it appeared on a 2-CD charity benefit compilation entitled Army of Me: Remixes and Covers in late 2004.

“It’s actually written to a relative of mine who had been a bit out of order for a while. I’m not sure why I wrote it. Maybe I felt that Debut had been such a polite, shy album - there was a side of me that was so shy and such a beginner, I was very flattered when everyone loved Debut but also a bit confused because it wasn’t really me. Maybe ‘Army Of Me’ was an attempt to balance it out.”

“I had written two tracks with Graham Massey before I did Debut: “Army Of Me” and “The Modern Things.” Then I met Nellee Hooper and we ended up doing a whole album’s worth of stuff together, so I decided to keep those two songs, wait, and put them on the next album. Post then ended up being more schizophrenic with collaborations of a lot of people, so it was a better match.”


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