Bachelorette (song)

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"Bachelorette"
Single by Björk as Isobel
from the album Homogenic
B-side "My Snare" Also known as "Nature is Ancient"
"Scary"
Released December 8, 1997 (1997-12-08)
Format CD, 12", cassette, VHS single
Recorded late 1995
Genre Baroque pop, electronic, trip hop
Length 5:18
5:26 (video version)
3:37 (radio edit)
Label One Little Indian Records
Writer(s) Björk, Sjón
Producer(s) Björk
Björk as Isobel singles chronology
"Jóga"
(1997)
"Bachelorette"
(1997)
"Hunter"
(1998)
Isobel song cycle chronology
"Isobel"
(1995)
"Bachelorette"
(1997)
"Alarm Call"
(1998)

"Bachelorette" is a song by Björk, released as the second single from her 1997 album Homogenic.

The song was originally written for a film by Bernardo Bertolucci, but the project was withdrawn. The lyrics for Bachelorette were written by Sjón as Björk tells in her website:

The song is emotionally charged and theatrical, following the album's theme of "beats and strings", but also includes other instruments like timbales, timpani, Alp horn, accordion, etc., that make the song stronger and more dramatic. Björk herself describes the song's story as "Isobel goes to the city."

The song has been covered by Turkish singer Müslüm Gürses as "Aşk Tesadüfleri Sever" ("Love Loves Coincidences" in Turkish) and is given his name of album in 2006 and artist Voltaire. Tori Amos has also covered the song in concert, though not to be confused with another song written and performed by herself which shares the title.

Music video[edit]

Björk in the surreal video for Bachelorette directed by Michel Gondry

The surreal music video was directed by longtime Björk video collaborator Michel Gondry, and is an exploration of self-reference. It features Björk as "Bachelorette", a woman who finds a book buried in her garden that begins to write itself, describing what Bachelorette does as she describes it; the book is entitled "My Story". She takes the book to a publishing house, "Clark Publishing", in an unspecified large city that may be Chicago, and she and the publisher fall in love. (It becomes obvious, seeing and hearing excerpts from the book, that the book tells the story of how Bachelorette found the book, travelled to meet the publisher, and fell in love with him.) The book becomes incredibly popular (at one point, all of Bachelorette's fellow passengers on a subway are seen reading it), and is turned into a musical, featuring Bachelorette as herself. The musical version includes the story of the musical itself, so at some point a mini-theater is shown on the stage, featuring actors dressed as a small audience. At some point later in the musical this mini-musical features an even smaller version of itself, with an even smaller stage audience. The publisher, who is in the actual audience, becomes disgusted with seeing so many versions of himself, and breaks off the relationship; later, his character in the original musical does as well. The book becomes unpopular, and the original copy begins unwriting itself. Because of this turn of events, a chain reaction occurs in the nested theatres, causing each to be nullified and revert to nature. Ultimately, the entire city de-evolves into the garden that appeared at the outset. The unwritten book finds its resting place buried in the ground once more, and Bachelorette ends up dancing and surrounded by wildlife.

The video was based on an original idea by Björk, who saw "Bachelorette" as a continuation of the character portrayed in "Isobel" and "Human Behaviour". The song lyrics of "Isobel" were also written by Björk's longstanding co-writer Sjón. As Gondry describes it, "this character is leaving the forest and she decides to go to the city to have a normal life. She tries her best and it doesn't work out and she comes back to the forest and she is happier there."[1]

The art direction of the video was heavily praised. The video won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Art Direction.

Track listing[edit]

UK CD1[edit]

  1. "Bachelorette" (radio edit) – 3:37
  2. "My Snare" (aka "Nature is Ancient") – 3:37
  3. "Scary" – 2:25
  4. "Bachelorette" (Howie Spread Mix) – 5:49

UK CD2[edit]

  1. "Bachelorette" (Mark Bell Optimism Mix) – 5:49
  2. "Bachelorette" (Mark Bell Zip Remix) – 4:18
  3. "Bachelorette" (Mark Bell Blue Remix) – 2:52
  4. "Bachelorette" – 5:12

UK CD3[edit]

  1. "Bachelorette" (RZA Remix) – 5:49
  2. "Bachelorette" (Alec Empire Hypermodern Jazz Remix) – 5:49
  3. "Bachelorette" (Alec Empire the Ice Princess and the Killer Whale Remix) – 6:23
  4. "Bachelorette" (Grooverider Jeep Remix) – 9:11

EU CD[edit]

  1. "Bachelorette" (radio edit) – 3:37
  2. "Bachelorette" (RZA Remix) – 5:49
  3. "Bachelorette" (Mark Bell Optimism Mix) – 5:49
  4. "Bachelorette" (Mark Bell Zip Remix) – 4:18
  5. "Bachelorette" (Mark Bell Blue Remix) – 2:52
  6. "My Snare" (aka "Nature is Ancient") – 3:37

JP Bachelorette / Jóga EP[edit]

  1. "Bachelorette" (radio edit) – 3:37
  2. "Bachelorette" (Howie Spread Mix) – 5:49
  3. "Bachelorette" [Mark Bell Zip Remix] – 4:18
  4. "Bachelorette" (Alec Empire Hypermodern Jazz Remix) – 5:49
  5. "Bachelorette" (Grooverider Jeep Remix) – 9:11
  6. "Jóga" (Buzz Water Remix) – 4:21
  7. "Jóga" (Alec Empire Hardcore Mix 1) – 3:02
  8. "Jóga" (Alec Empire Hardcore Mix 2) – 4:15
  9. "Jóga" (album version) – 5:09
  10. "Jóga" (String and Vocal Mix) – 4:25

VHS single[edit]

  1. "Bachelorette" (music video) - 5:26

Remixes[edit]

  • Alec Empire Hypermodern Jazz remix
  • Alec Empire The Ice Princess and the Killer Whale remix
  • Grooverider Jeep remix
  • Howie Spread mix
  • Mark Bell Blue remix
  • Mark Bell Optimism remix
  • Mark Bell Zip remix
  • Radio edit
  • RZA remix
  • Clams Casino - Illest Alive (Sample)

VHS single[edit]

  • "Bachelorette" (music video) - 5:26

"My Story" by Isobel the Bachelorette[edit]

Based on the book in the video, Björk wrote in her website the whole story appearing on it. The story can be found here.

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
French Singles Chart 17
UK Singles Chart 21
Italian Singles Chart 23
Dutch Singles Chart 80

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pytlik, Mark. Bjork: Wow and Flutter, p. 132. ECW Press, 2003. ISBN 1-55022-556-1

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