Sunday, April 02, 2006

Björk on The Frank Skinner Show (**VIDEO**)

Seemingly around the time that Dancer in the Dark was in release, Björk appeared on The Frank Skinner Show. If you’re like me and many other unfortunate Americans who have never heard of Frank Skinner, here’s the bio that appears on the BBC website:

“Chris Collins played his first gig, in December 1987, at the Birmingham Anglers' Association. As there was already a Chris Collins in Equity, he used the name of a chap on his dad's dominoes team.

”Frank Skinner's down-to-earth brand of humour won him the 1991 Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival, beating Jack Dee and Eddie Izzard to the prize.

”Since then he has gone on to become a household name. As talented a stand-up comedian as he is a razor sharp talk show host, Frank Skinner has earned his place at the top of the comedy game.

”His friendship with David Baddiel produced the Fantasy Football and Unplanned series. But some would say that their ultimate achievement was co-writing and co-singing football song Three Lions which became a favourite on the terraces in the European Championship in 1996.”

Skinner has been hosting his own showing since 1995, and his interview with Björk is both humorous and illuminating. Most winning about this interview – and so refreshing in a media environment that often continues to look upon Bjork as the eccentric alien who wore the swan dress to the Oscars – is Skinner’s obvious familiarity with Björk’s work and his non-reverential respect for her as an artist. Björk is utterly enchanting in this interview and if you’ve never seen it, you’re in for a real treat. If you have already seen it, it’s way worth watching again.

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