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Grace Jones

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. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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What an original.... w h y didn't the bio include the fact that she modeled for Yves st Laurent lived with Jerry Hall in Paris. ...she truly defined disco and new wave and conquered new York. ...in 1984 in New York city summer all you heard was Grace pull up to the bumper out of every cab tenement disco store....and what of her Association with the likes of Andy Warhol her legendary love and collection of furs and her single handed treatment of the androgynous identity not to mention she funos hard
Grace paved the way for artist like Gaga and Niki Minaj. She is from an era where you had to put on a SHOW!!! Love her originalalit y and always will!
I remember sitting next to her while she picked out the shrimp in a shrimp cocktail, and it snowed about the hotel room we were hanging out in. Aaaaaah, memories!!!! !
God I remember her spitting on me at a club in the village..Lov e is the drug..
This song was my first partner and mine song for ten years, how I miss our dance. Rest in my dreams and in peace.
It was at Crisco. And the fun house she drag me by a leather. Tie I wore, not 54,,I was24,now 60
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
PS bio still not right.
Grace is Awsome, Sow her perform at the Palladuim Hollywood and most recent at Hollywood Bowl, Loved her since first album, 'NO ONE in her genre can touch her.
Grace Jones is a-one-of-a-k i n d and is the epitome of a true Diva. She puts a lot of these wannabes to absolute shame.
Love grace jones.
I clicked on mogwai and it brought me here -_-
wow is all I can say...http:/ / e n . w i k i p e d i a . o r g / w i k i / G r a c e _ J o n e s
pamunk9
What am I saying - it's been over FIVE YEARS!!!!! WTF!
pamunk9
C'mon Pandora - it's been over 2 years - get her bio up!!
msmarguerite h i c k s
Still WRONG!!!!
This is clearly not Grace Jones' biography!! :(
svanier6
Um? Get your sh*t together, Pandora...
Seems to be fixed now.
yeah wrong bio b**ches. Grace is way more interesting and legendary than the band that's listed for sure. fix it.
juggernaut10 6 3
Still have the wrong info. Please fix it.
dianehooks
You all still have the wrong information. I want to read about MS. GRACE JONES, come on and Pull it to the Bumper.
rnbabydoll
This is for Grace Jones - she is wild, but I LOVE HER!!! This is my favorite song!
I emailed Pandora and got this response from Meghan @ Listener Support: ...With certain issues this can take a little while to fix because all of the biographical info on Pandora comes from partner services. We don't write or host this material ourselves. Sometimes there's a little error in how we match our collection to theirs, and this can cause the issues you're seeing. We don't want to break anything else when we fix these though, so it's important to take the time to do it properly...
If this sort of thing was at all common on Pandora, I would say nothing. But it is extremely rare for bios on Pandora to be entirely wrong. Therefore the fact that the artist biography for a black female intelligent artist is missing is particularly damning to Pandora's reputation. There are precious few black women in the music industry today who have any sense of un-poisoned identity, history, religion or self-respect . This truth is, society has done that. Welcome, you're part of the problem.
faith4410
Why am I seeing information about Mogwai in the Grace Jones Bio? She is big enough for there to be a decent bio. Pandora has the staff to fix this. You have advertising $s coming in. Requests were made 7 months ago. Bloody shame.
eveliver1
j'aime la vie en rose ,grace jones cest fantastique
mscolwhite
I love Grace too . . . PUT SOME GRACE IN YOUR FACE
cadogankhali l
I LOVE Grace Jones
Yeah, this isn't Mogwai, this is GRACE JONES! Please fix this.
Hey....no Grace Jones info. Whaddup widdat?
Grace is The Thin Black Duke of androgeny with the soulful seductive voice of a siren.
Uh Lawrence...Y o u have a problem with gay people? Gay fgolks are the best demographic an artist can have. It almost guantees success. Creative smart and always the first to find excellent talent. It's been done over and over. You must be a republican. BTW- I see a bio on Mogwai, not Grace Jones.
Grace has a following that may be gay, but she is still in the limelight of music even after disco.......
rodneycarlos t h o m a s
a siger who is totlaly diffferent from any other thats been heard. unless you are in there world you will never understand her music . she is a new wqve singer that relates too people who is different from ant other.
great one n only ear thumper
Spent many an awesome night dancing at Studio 54 in the late 70's early 80's, but none so wild as when Grace was commanding the stage with her 2 Tiger Boys on their leashes. Wild is an understateme n t when it comes to seeing her Live. OMFG, those were the days...
She is the definition of a music and fashion icon! She alone created the road by which other progressive, innovative,a n d creative women (Janet Jackson, Beyounce, Lady GaGa, Rihanna, Lil Kim, Nikki Menage,Cyndi Lauper, etc.) were and are able to now travel.
Grace Jones, the best of the best ! She set NYC on fire in the 70's. Anyone who saw her perform or heard her music would never forget her. "Portfolio" is my fave & I am sorry Edith Piaf, but Grace made "La Vie En Rose" her own ! Kind regards,Larr y Briley
Grace is timeless and original and severely underrated in my opinion. I think its unfortunate that her antics and 'private life' overshadowed her immense talent and remarkable voice. But real music lover know the real when they hear it. We don't need mainstream radio(mostly garbage) to tell us whats HOT.
eviemf
Always loved Grace's post-disco musical style I call a sort of "feminine(so f t ) dub reggae" (ex. the whole "Living My Life" album). Another mainstay favorite is Easy Star All-Stars "Dub Side fo the Moon" album. Know of any other comparable artists or albums?
mpcc01
Still compiling; Grace Jones Adam Lambert, Lady Gaga, Nickelback,J u s t i n Timberlake.R h i a n n a , Feat, Lil'Wayne.Co m m u n a r d s , Bronski Beat.Depeach Mode.
:)))))M.
She's in the top 10 when it comes to people I would LOVE to have a drink with. Saw her in San Francisco a couple of times. SHE IS AWESOME! I LOVE GRACE!
Her new album Hurricane is hot.
sfdreamer
Check out the song "Scary But Fun" -- never a hit that I'm aware of, but a great tune that seems to me like her saying, "Sure I look intimidating , but really I don't bite!"
I love grace jones, she is one of my role models as far as taking risks, dismissing what the establishmen t says about normal and going for the passion you feel inside. She is raw and doesnt care what people think. I loved her in Boomerang! STRANG`E
fzke
Her new CD is an IMPORT in the US.
she rocks!
khancedixon
yup
I did not know Grace was still doing. Thanks for the info about her new video.
There is no one like her.
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