“Venus as a Boy” is a song by Icelandic musician Björk. It was released as the second single from her 1993 album Debut. The song was written by Björk and was produced by Nellee Hooper, who produced the majority of her debut album. The single was released in August 1993, a month after the release of the album. The song was inspired by a boy who saw everything from a “beauty point of view”.
“Venus as a Boy” features a musical ensemble made up of Indian instruments like tablas. The song received mixed reviews from critics, who discussed Björk’s musical shift. The song did not chart well in any nation but managed to enter the UK Singles Chart Top 30.
The accompanying music video was directed by the British music video director Sophie Muller. The clip shows Björk in a kitchen while she’s cooking some eggs and was inspired by the singer’s favorite book Story of the Eye. Björk performed the song on different TV appearances, including Top of the Pops, and sang it during the course of her Debut Tour.
The song was later chosen by fans to be included in her greatest hits album, Greatest Hits and also appeared in her Family Tree Box Set which contained a “greatest hits” disc on which the songs were chosen by Björk.
Cover versions of “Venus as a Boy” were done more than 30 times by other artists.