Björk spoke to NME about the sexism she and Kate Bush have often faced, as well as the fact that the latter’s recent success with “Running Up That Hill” has seen a clear change in attitude.
The Icelandic icon was speaking to NME for Big Read week’s cover when he described his enthusiasm for “radical” Gen Z and changing attitudes towards issues such as the environment and gender equality.
Speaking of how she “can’t even begin to describe” her happiness when Bush’s 1985 hit ‘Running Up That Hill’ returned to the top of the charts after appearing on the final season of Stranger Things, Björk recalled how dismissive the male critics were. the ‘Hounds Of Love’ star.
Explaining how critics in the 80s and 90s used to worry about “rock guys” singing “tits, beer and heroin abuse,” he felt that “writing from a woman’s perspective was seen as a minor art.
“I was always offended by how often Kate Bush was written about as crazy or a crazy witch, or me being a crazy elf,” Björk told NME. “We are producers. I’ve written all my scores for 20 years, you know. I’m not bragging, I’m saying it just because people still want me to be a naive goblin. If that we were guys, they’d take us more seriously.
“Finally, Gen Z can imagine a woman’s production or a woman’s life and not seem crazy or something to be mocked or feared.”
Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” is estimated to have earned the artist at least $2.3m (£1.9m) in streaming revenue since it appeared on Stranger Things 4.
In our Big Read cover story, Björk talks about the making of her new album “Fossora”, the loss of her mother, the involvement of her children in the album, the fierceness at home, politics in the United States, environmental progress, about his role in The Northman and more.
Fossora’ is already on sale.