I Miss You (Björk song)

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"I Miss You"
Bjork - I Miss You.jpg
Single by Björk
from the album Post
B-side
  • "Karvel"
  • "Headphones"
  • "Hyperballad"
Released17 February 1997
Format
Recorded1993–95
StudioSwanyard Studios, Whitfield Street Studios
(London, England)
Genre
Length4:00
LabelOne Little Indian
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Björk
  • Howie B
Björk singles chronology
"Possibly Maybe"
(1996)
"I Miss You"
(1997)
"Jóga"
(1997)

"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 United Kingdom, but it hit number one on the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play.[2]

The B-side "Karvel", was recorded in one of Björk's first sessions with Graham Massey in 1991; on which two other 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 it appears on the release of 2006 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.[3] The first edition of Telegraph, a fan magazine directed by Sjón, read: "To the horror of parents everywhere two of the most disturbed minds in show business [have] come together to make what they promise will be the silliest, most demoralizing and, as some depraved souls will undoubtedly say, funniest music video ever!"[4] The video has a surreal and humorous quality with some sexual imagery.

Björk has red 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. At one point Bjork puts on slippers that resemble Kricfalusi's Ren and Stimpy.

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.[3]

When Björk saw the storyboards, she said that Kricfalusi had "made [her] very cute"[5] and was so pleased that she reportedly exclaimed, "It's like Christmas!"[6]

Live performances[edit]

The track was performed during the Post Tour. In support of the release of Post the song was performed on the television show The White Room in 1995, and on the Spanish television 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]

Remixes[edit]

  • Compulsion mix (Unreleased)[7]
  • 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
  • (Junior Vasquez Remix) (Unreleased)

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[8] 118
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[9] 47
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[10] 36
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play[11] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Icon: Björk". Wondering Sound. eMusic.com. September 9, 2010. Archived from the original on 26 July 2014. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 35.
  3. ^ a b "Björk – Wow & Flutter" by Mark Pytlik, 2003, Aurum Press, ISBN 1-85410-960-X, pg 182.
  4. ^ Sjón (1995). "The Stuff Clothes Are Made Of". Telegraph.
  5. ^ "John K talks Ren & Stimpy, Mighty Mouse, Ralph Bakshi - FULL SHOW - TORn Tuesday". YouTube. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  6. ^ "I Miss You: It's Like Christmas!". Bjorkish.com. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  7. ^ unit.bjork.com/77island (2010). "77ísland - i miss you". Retrieved 2010-08-18.
  8. ^ "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry, received 2015-06-05". Imgur. Archived from the original on 5 June 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-09.
  9. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2018-06-13.
  10. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100 | Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2018-01-07.
  11. ^ "Björk I Miss You Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-01-07.

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