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Violently Happy

“Violently Happy” is a song by Icelandic singer Björk, released as the fifth and final single from her album Debut in 1994. The song was written by Björk and Nellee Hooper, who helped her in writing and producing most of the album. The lyrics speak of Björk feeling a love so intense that it is actually dangerous, requesting that her lover return to “calm her down”. Musically, it’s an upbeat song. “Violently Happy” peaked at #13 in the UK[2] and reached #4 on the US dance charts.[3]

The song was released in March 1994 and received positive reviews from music critics, which praised its musicality and its dance-pop appeal. The song received an accompanying music video which was shot by Jean-Baptiste Mondino, in which Björk and many guest appearances dance frantically in a kind of asylum while they’re cutting out their hair or parts of dolls. Björk performed the song live on TV a few times, including on Top of the Pops.

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