I Miss You (Björk song)

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"I Miss You"
Single by Björk
from the album Post
B-side "Karvel"
Released 17 February 1997
Format CD, cassette
Genre Alternative dance, experimental, funk
Length 4:00
Label One Little Indian
Writer(s) Björk, Howie B
Producer(s) Björk, Howie B
Björk singles chronology
"Possibly Maybe"
(1996)
"I Miss You"
(1997)
"Jóga"
(1997)
Post track listing

"I Miss You" is a song by Björk, the sixth and final single release from her 1995 album Post. It is amongst her least-well performing singles in the UK, but it hit #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play.[1]

The B-side "Karvel" was recorded in one of the first sessions of Björk with Graham Massey in 1991; on which other two tracks were also recorded: "Army of Me" and "The Modern Things".

Background[edit]

The lyrics describe Björk already knowing who her perfect lover will be, even though she hasn't yet met him. The remastered version as appears on the 2006 release Surrounded features a newly recorded vocal take.

Music video[edit]

Jimmy the Idiot Boy in the
"I Miss You" music video.

The music video for "I Miss You" was animated and directed by John Kricfalusi of Spümcø, best known for the Ren & Stimpy cartoons, which Björk admired. The video has a surreal and humorous quality with some sexual imagery. Björk has ginger hair in both the animated and live parts of the video. One of Kricfalusi's characters, Jimmy the Idiot Boy (in which he was naked in some scenes and his private parts were removed), joins her during various parts of the video. Another Kricfalusi character, George Liquor, makes a cameo in one scene. Also, Fred Flintstone makes a cameo in the scene of the bathroom. An edit was made of the video that covered Björk's breasts. The scene at the end of the music video showing Björk tearing an animated chicken in half was cut during showings on MTV.[citation needed]

Live performances[edit]

The track was performed during the Post Tour. In support of the release of Post the song was performed on UK TV show The White Room in 1995, and on the Spanish TV show Zona Franca in 1996 to promote the later single release. It was also notably performed on TFI Friday on 19 April 1996, with Howie Bernstein and the TFI Friday House Brass. This performance was later featured on the Post Live album. Having not been performed live in over a decade, the song would later be performed during the Volta Tour with the Icelandic "Wonderbrass" brass section, sometimes also with fellow Sugarcubes vocalist Einar Örn on trumpet.

Track listings[edit]

CD1[edit]

  1. "I Miss You" – 4:00
  2. "I Miss You" (Dobie Rub Part Two – It's a Hip-Hop Thing) featuring Rodney P – 5:38
  3. "I Miss You" (Darren Emerson Underwater Mix) – 9:29
  4. "Karvel" – 4:28

CD2[edit]

  1. "I Miss You" (Dobie's Rub Part One – Sunshine Mix) featuring Rodney P – 5:34
  2. "Hyperballad" (LFO 3am mix) – 4:16
  3. "Violently Happy" (Live at Wembley Arena) – 6:17
  4. "Headphones" (The Mëtri Mix) – 6:16

Remixes[edit]

  • Complusion mix (Unreleased)[2]
  • Darren Emerson Underwater mix
  • Dobie Rub Part One – Sunshine mix
  • Dobie Rub Part Two – It's a Hip Hop Thing
  • Photek mix
  • RH Factor Beats mix
  • RH Factor Lovely mix
  • RH Factor Radio edit
  • RH Factor Ugly mix

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 36
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 35. 
  2. ^ unit.bjork.com/77island (2010). "77ísland - i miss you". Retrieved 2010-08-18. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Da Funk" by Daft Punk
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
May 24, 1997
Succeeded by
"Not Over Yet" by Grace