We already brought you part one of our list of 15 things you probably did not know about Bjork, and now we’re back with part two! Check out eight more fascinating facts about the singer and eccentric performer that you definitely (probably) did not know below. You might be surprised by what you find out!
Number Eight: She Once Stole a Children’s Pool. Bjork admitted in an interview that she stole a children’s pool because she and her boyfriend at the time didn’t have a bathtub.
Number Seven: Her Infamous Attack Was Sparked by a Reporter Trying to Talk to Her Son. Though Bjork is usually calm-natured, in 1996, she viciously attacked one specific reporter after the reporter tried to talk to her son. She attacked another reporter two years later, but no legal action was taken in either case.
Number Six: She Released Her First Album When She Was 12 Years Old. It’s true! Bjork got a record contract after she had had just one year of piano lessons. The album was self-titled and comprised both covers that had been translated into Icelandic as well as several original compositions. Bjork used the money she earned to buy a new piano.
Number Five: You Might Be Pronouncing Her Name Wrong. Though many people pronounce her name “Bee-ork,” in reality, her name is pronounced more like “Bee-erk.”
Number Four: Her Name Means “Birch Tree.” In Icelandic, Bjork translates to “birch tree.” Fitting, considering how connected to nature she is.
Number Three: She Named an Album After Marrow. Bjork named 2004’s Medulla after the Latin word for marrow. She says that she chose the title because she wanted to explore the intuition and body more, rather than the intellect and rationality.
Number Two: She Recorded Vocals in a Bat Cave. Literally. Bjork recorded the vocal’s for “Cover Me” in a cave that was infested with bats in Nassau, located in the Bahamas.
Number One: She Put Out a Jazz Album. Before Bjork released Debut, she released an album of jazz standards with the Icelandic trio Gudmundur Ingolfssonar. Included on the album were renditions of “Ruby Baby” and “Dance With Me.”