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Grace Jones

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  • Born: Spanish Town, Jamaica
  • Years Active: 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s
  • Website: http://www.theworldofgracejones.com/
  • Recent Activity: 01.11.17 RT @O2academybrix: The Loudest Silent Movie On Earth feat @Iggypop, @Miss_GraceJones, @Slash & more, is coming to London! 11th Feb 🎟 https…
  • Grace Jones

  • Grace Jones

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Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

Grace Jones was one of the more unforgettable characters to emerge from New York City's hedonistic Studio 54 disco scene during the late '70s. Born May 19, 1952, in Kingston, Jamaica, Jones studied theater at Syracuse University before launching a career as a model. Jones' statuesque and flamboyant look proved to be a hit in the New York City nightclub scene, which led to a recording contract with Island Records in 1977. While such disco-based albums as 1977's Portfolio, 1978's Fame, and 1979's Muse failed to break the singer commercially, Jones soon amassed a substantial following among gay men with her sexually charged live show, leading to her title at the time of "Queen of the Gay Discos."

But with the dawn of the '80s came a massive anti-disco movement across the U.S., leading to Jones focusing on more new wave and experimental-based work, resulting in two of her best-known and strongest releases -- 1980's Warm Leatherette and 1981's Nightclubbing -- both produced by the noted reggae team of Sly & Robbie (the latter release spawned one of Jones' biggest hits, "Pull Up to the Bumper," as well as covers of Iggy Pop's "Nightclubbing" and the Police's "Demolition Man"). It was also around this time that Jones changed her look to suit the times by replacing her S&M look of the '70s with a detached, androgynous image. Jones' sixth solo release overall, Living My Life, followed in 1982, while the singer took a break from recording to focus on film work and landed roles in such movies as Conan the Destroyer and the James Bond flick A View to a Kill (Jones' romantic life also provided tabloid fodder at the time when she was linked with Rocky IV star Dolph Lundgren).

Jones eventually returned to her recording career, enlisting super-producer Trevor Horn (Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Yes) to oversee 1985's Slave to the Rhythm, which turned out to be a somewhat autobiographical work (the same year, a ten-track compilation was issued as well, Island Life). Jones' penchant for working with big-name producers continued on 1986's Inside Story; with production chores handled by Chic's Nile Rodgers, the album spawned one of Jones' last successful singles, "I'm Not Perfect (But I'm Perfect for You)." After 1989's Bulletproof Heart, Jones seemed to turn her back on her recording career (although 1993 saw the release of a new single, "Sex Drive"), as she again focused primarily on movies, including a role in Eddie Murphy's hit 1992 comedy Boomerang. The double-disc set Private Life: The Compass Point Sessions (a collection of 26 tracks that Jones recorded with Sly & Robbie during their early-'80s union) was released in 1998, which was followed up four years later with Island Life, Vol. 2. She returned to music in 2008 with Hurricane, an album featuring contributions from Brian Eno, Wendy & Lisa, Tony Allen, and others. In 2011 the album was re-released with a bonus disc featuring dubs created by producer Ivor Guest.

eMusic Features

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‘Nightclubbing’ Again: Revisiting Grace Jones’s Masterpiece

By Barry Walters, Contributor

Thin and violet, a pointedly androgynous Grace Jones stares out from under her severe flattop. A cigarette aims downward from her lip, unlit — if it were otherwise, ash would surely burn the sleek skin of her chest, exposed below her padded shoulders. The album's called Nightclubbing, an apt title for this image because, even 33 years later, after Lady Gaga, after Nikki Minaj, we are unaccustomed to women dressed and painted like this, walking… more »

1

‘Nightclubbing’ Again: Revisiting Grace Jones’s Masterpiece

By Barry Walters, Contributor

Thin and violet, a pointedly androgynous Grace Jones stares out from under her severe flattop. A cigarette aims downward from her lip, unlit — if it were otherwise, ash would surely burn the sleek skin of her chest, exposed below her padded shoulders. The album's called Nightclubbing, an apt title for this image because, even 33 years later, after Lady Gaga, after Nikki Minaj, we are unaccustomed to women dressed and painted like this, walking… more »

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Six Degrees of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way

By Michelangelo Matos, Contributor

It used to be easier to pretend that an album was its own perfectly self-contained artifact. The great records certainly feel that way. But albums are more permeable than solid, their motivations, executions and inspirations informed by, and often stolen from, their peers and forbearers. It all sounds awfully formal, but it's not. It's the very nature of music — of art, even. The Six Degrees features examine the relationships between classic records and five… more »

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Six Degrees of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way

By Michelangelo Matos, Contributor

It used to be easier to pretend that an album was its own perfectly self-contained artifact. The great records certainly feel that way. But albums are more permeable than solid, their motivations, executions and inspirations informed by, and often stolen from, their peers and forbearers. It all sounds awfully formal, but it's not. It's the very nature of music — of art, even. The Six Degrees features examine the relationships between classic records and five… more »

Activity

  • 01.11.17 RT @O2academybrix: The Loudest Silent Movie On Earth feat @Iggypop, @Miss_GraceJones, @Slash & more, is coming to London! 11th Feb 🎟 https…
  • 01.05.17 RT @islandrecordsuk: Can't wait for Sophie Fiennes upcoming journey through the private and public realms of @Miss_GraceJones https://t.co…
  • 12.30.16 RT @ChakaKhan: My pick 4 #FineWomenFriday is my good friend, the inimitable @Miss_GraceJones. She's the epitome of confidence & fearlessnes…
  • 12.21.16 RT @LAWeekly: For live music in L.A., 2016 might go down in history as the Year of the "Secret" Show. https://t.co/uz9PsPR6nt
  • 11.14.16 LOOKING FORWARD TO SAO PAULO AND RIO DE JANEIRO THIS WEEK...... SEE YOU ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY.... https://t.co/Y5wwMdNETI
  • 11.12.16 Looking forward to next Saturday in Sao Paulo.... see you all there... https://t.co/ZFN44amVgL
  • 11.02.16 "Looking forward to seeing you all in Dublin, again.... on Saturday Night..... Dress up and come party with me !!!! https://t.co/JATAdHLy8I
  • 10.14.16 Sao Paulo..... + Grace Jones - 18th November 2016 - Dont Miss Out... https://t.co/ZJ4v2ZuEcN
  • 10.14.16 Tickets https://t.co/6OjIxvobOw Event details... https://t.co/65Ix6h3xrP
  • 10.13.16 Olá, Brasil! We're anxious to arrive at Rio de Janeiro for the @Back2Black Festival on november 19th! Hope to... https://t.co/WRFKygmyuK
  • 10.12.16 Grace is coming to Brazil in November.... B2B Festival 19th November 2016 https://t.co/YSJhtsYrEy
  • 10.05.16 METROPOLIS FESTIVAL @ THE RDS - DUBLIN - REMEMBER, REMEMBER THE 5TH OF NOVEMBER..... https://t.co/MF4g07uVPE