Björk

Army of Me

Composed by Björk / Graham Massey

Song Review by

Atypical in its relative starkness and darkness, "Army of Me" casts Björk against type as a warrior goddess fed up with whining, instead of her usual cyber-pixie persona. The first single from 1995's otherwise buoyant Post and a featured track on the Tank Girl soundtrack, the song's pounding industrial beat, menacing synth bass, and unusually aggressive lyrics ("And if you complain once more/You'll meet an army of me") stand in sharp contrast to the rest of the album and to most of her previous work. However, "Army of Me" seems like a precursor of the dark, introspective tone and sparse electronica arrangements of Björk's next album, 1997's Homogenic. The song was also turned into another video collaboration between Björk and her longtime director, Michael Gondry. The clip depicts Björk as a tank girl of sorts who goes to the dentist (which happens to be a gorilla) to have a sore tooth pulled -- only to have it turn into a giant diamond, which she uses to fuel her tank. Like the song, it all makes sense in Björk's surreal, intellectually playful way.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Post 1995 One Little Indian
Army of Me 1995 One Little Indian 3:57
Special Brew [ffrr] 1996
Various Artists
Payday 3:50
Telegram 1997 Elektra 5:18
Live at Shepherd's Bush Empire 1998 One Little Indian
Volumen 1999 Elektra
Björk's Greatest Hits 2002 Barclay / Universal 3:55
Volumen 2 2002 One Little Indian
The Live Box: 1993-2002 2003 One Little Indian 4:04
Post Live 2004 Universal 4:04
Surrounded 2006 Elektra 3:54
Voltaic 2009 Nonesuch 4:19
Sucker Punch 2011
Original Soundtrack
Sony Music 6:50
Greatest Hits [One Little Indian] One Little Indian
No Image
Various Artists
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