Before Björk took over the world as a solo artist, the one we know and love today, she was involved with a wide variety of early projects.

While most fans will know the Icelandic pop icon for her early work with The Sugarcubes she was also part of a few other groups, one of which included the proto-punk band Tappi Tíkarrass.

The band, whose name translates to “Cork the Bitch’s Ass,” were active from 1981 to 1983 and released a handful of records across that timeframe. Now, to celebrate what is Björk’s 54th birthday, we’ve managed to unearth some rare live footage of the band for us all to enjoy.

To separate themselves from the rest of the bands at the time, Tappi Tíkarrass created music with the idea of blending aspects of funk, rock and jazz and enjoyed Björk as their frontwoman for two years before she left the band to create a new project with bassist Jakob Smári Magnússon and guitarist Eyjólfur Jóhannsson.

Below, you can watch a 17-year-old Björk belt out the band’s bouncy single ‘Matahari’. It’s hard not to get hyped up as she commands the stage with the same intensity and courageousness which endears her so permanently to people’s hearts.

Watch footage of Björk’s pogo-ing punk performance below.

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