The Dull Flame of Desire

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"The Dull Flame of Desire"
The Dull Flame of Desire.jpg
Single by Björk featuring Antony Hegarty
from the album Volta
B-side "Innocence"
Released 29 September 2008 (UK)
Length 7:30
Label One Little Indian
Producer(s) Björk
Björk featuring Antony Hegarty singles chronology
"The Dull Flame of Desire"
"The Dull Flame of Desire"

"The Dull Flame of Desire" is a song recorded by Icelandic singer Björk featuring Anohni from the band Antony and the Johnsons. The track was released as the fifth and final single from her seventh full-length studio album, Volta, on 29 September 2008.[1] Björk has performed the song 12 times on her global Volta Tour, often with Anohni onstage.[2] The lyrics to the song are an English translation of a Russian poem by Fyodor Tyutchev, as it appears in the Andrei Tarkovsky film, Stalker.

Track listing[edit]

The limited edition "multiformat" box set consists of a sticker-sealed fold out box with five colored nesting boxes containing two 12" vinyl singles, a CD and a DVD in colored paper sleeves.[3] The release includes two new remixes by Modeselektor of "The Dull Flame of Desire" and a new remix of Björk's previous single "Innocence" by Sinden. The Mark Stent mixes refer to the album version and its instrumental.

12" Double Heavy Weight Vinyl[edit]

  1. "Dull Flame of Desire" (Modeselektor’s Rmx for Girls)
  2. "Dull Flame of Desire" (Modeselektor’s Rmx for Boys)
  3. "Innocence" (Sinden Remix)
  4. "Dull Flame of Desire" (Mark Stent Album Mix)


  1. "Dull Flame of Desire" (Modeselektor’s Rmx For Girls)
  2. "Dull Flame of Desire" (Modeselektor’s Rmx For Boys)
  3. "Dull Flame of Desire" (Mark Stent Album Mix)
  4. "Dull Flame of Desire" (Video / Radio Edit)
  5. "Dull Flame of Desire" (Mark Stent Instrumental)
  6. "Innocence" (Sinden Remix)


  1. "Dull Flame of Desire" (Music video)

Music video[edit]

Music video stills
Björk and Anohni's faces in the first part of the music video.
Björk and Anohni hug in the second part of the video.
Björk and Anohni's faces morphed into one in the third part of the video.

It was first reported on the official site of Antony and the Johnsons that Anohni and Björk had shot a video for "Dull Flame of Desire". The news was subsequently removed from the site.[4] A few months later Björk revealed in an interview that she and Anohni had recorded themselves singing the song against a green screen in New York,[5] and that she had sent the raw footage to three directors who had taken part in the video contest for her previous single "Innocence".

It was later announced that Christoph Jantos (Berlin), Masahiro Mogari (Tokyo), and Marçal Cuberta Juncà (Girona) were the chosen directors. Each director was given their own section of the film to develop how they wished - on completion the three films were edited together in London to make the final music video.[3]

The video has three segments. In the first part (directed by Masahiro Mogari), a lot of little white dots are moving until they form Björk and Ahnoni's faces. The second part (directed by Marçal Cuberta) features the footage of Björk and Ahnoni with a threshold effect. In the third part (directed by Christoph Jantos), their faces are seen moving until both faces morph into one.

A different edit of the video was done for one of Modeselektor's remixes of the song and shown on MTV.[6]


Charts Peak
France Singles Top 100[7] 72
Italian Singles Chart 29
U.S. Billboard Hot Singles Sales[8] 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales[9] 1


  1. ^ "björk : albums : VOLTA". Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  2. ^ [1] Archived September 13, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b Dull Flames of Desire Next Release Archived August 28, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Author. "\/\unity". Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  5. ^ [2] Archived June 7, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Video on YouTube.
  7. ^ Steffen Hung. "Björk - The Dull Flame Of Desire". Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  8. ^ [3][dead link]
  9. ^ [4][dead link]

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