Saturday, November 22, 2008

Nightclubbing

Grace Jones
Grace Jones recently came out with a new album called Hurricane and after listening to it, the homercat say he likey. Which made me want to revisit a classic album of hers from 1981. Nightclubbing.

For those that may not know Grace Jones is a Jamaican–American singer, supermodel and actress. Nightclubbing is her fifth studio album , released in 1981. Her first three albums brought her fame as a disco artist but with the eighties and new wave music breaking ground she turned her attention to this new format. I remember the first time I heard this album all the way through. The blend of RnB, Reggae, New Wave, Rock and Balladry was mind blowing. Little wonder the British music magazine NME named this the best album of the year when originally released.

The lead-off single for the album was Sting's "Demolition Man", originally written for Grace Jones but also included on The Police's album "Ghost in the Machine", later that same year. Let me tell you folks, her version of this song makes the Police version sound pathetic and lame. She sounds like she could chew you up and spit you out without missing a beat. It's a great song to just crank loud and let it roll. The title track is a cover of an Iggy Pop song, which was co-written by David Bowie. Nightclubbing also includes the hit single "Pull Up to the Bumper", co-written by Jones, which is yet another excellent tune. Grace's voice is really what sets her music apart from other artists. Her flat, oftentimes menacing voice pushes the music along. However, a surprise at the end of the cd, "I've Done It Again" shows that she really could sing. For whatever it's worht I consider this an essential album for any rock collector. Ladies and gentlemen, Miss Grace Jones.

Demolition Man
Pull Up to the Bumper
Buy It


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