Other People’s Abys – How did I not know about this?

Yesterday, I Can Has Cheezburger featured an LOLcat with an Aby wearing a suit, drinking coffee and reading the morning paper, which in turn came from a post over the weekend on The Daily What.

Well, of course that’s an Abyssinian. But here’s the thing: in the comments, people said, “Hey, that’s from a Björk video!” And I said, “What, what? There’s a music video that stars an Abyssinian dressed up in clothes? OMG, must see NOW!” And I went over to our good friend YouTube to see this masterpiece.

Oh. My.

Well. Let me quote from Wikipedia: In the video, Björk tired of her husband, played by a housecat, storms out of the house for a night out on the town. She goes to a pub where she drinks and hangs out with some friends. Then, she goes to the restrooms and the song stops, and the locals (including Dokaka) start beatboxing and making noises. When Björk is back, she joins the crew for a special performance of the song recorded for the video with samples from the ‘Audition mix’ of the song. They go out of the pub and Björk runs through the town drunk, falling over at one point (according to the ‘Making Of’ segment included on the DVD, the fall was staged with a stunt double). Later, she wakes up on a road with scratches and bruises all over her body. She gets up and continues to sing the song, with hearts coming from her mouth. The cat-husband sees the hearts from his house and finds out Björk’s location. He picks her up in his car and they go home. At home, the two share a kiss and dance as the song ends.

And, as it turns out, the leading cat’s name is Muri, and he has his own MySpace page! He’s also quite a celebrity in Iceland.

Even better…on Björk’s website, you can download a “behind the scenes” documentary of the making of the video! It only has a little bit involving Muri, but it’s still really interesting.

But, I have to say…this video came out in 2005! How did I not know about this until now?

7 thoughts on “Other People’s Abys – How did I not know about this?

    1. Watching this again, I realised why I like this video so much (though, to be honest? I prefer it with the sound off!)…

      It’s a pretty obvious metaphor: Bjork’s boyfriend/husband is depicted as a cat because she feels he is aloof and indifferent to her. So, when he picks her up in the car and brings her home, and she comes to realise that he really does love her, and she him, and they kiss…well, I was certain that he was going to then turn into a human. That would have been the easy, cliche thing to do.

      So when she steps back, and he starts to grow…I’m thinking, here it comes, he’s going to turn into some handsome underwear model, now…but he stayed a cat!

      And that is why this is awesome. That, plus the way that Bjork looks at him with real adoration in her eyes.


  1. HI There nice to meet you!
    WE saw the link on Sparkle’s blog and we just had to come and visit.
    We are Lars and Odin 2 Bengal cats from Holland who also have a daily bloggie.
    You have a great blog!

    Purrrs Lars and Odin


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