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Grace Jones

Grace Jones was one of the more unforgettable artists to emerge from New York City's hedonistic Studio 54 disco scene of the late '70s. Born in Spanish Town, Jamaica, Jones was raised in a strict and devoutly Pentecostal household by her parents, who eventually moved to the U.S. and left Jones and her siblings in the care of their grandmother and an abusive step-grandfather. At the age of 13, the Jones children joined their parents in the States. Jones studied theater at Syracuse University before launching a career as a model, notably evident on the 1973 Philadelphia International reissue of Billy Paul's second album. Her statuesque and flamboyant look eventually proved to be a hit in Paris and subsequently New York, which led to a recording contract with Island Records. While the disco-based, Tom Moulton-produced albums Portfolio (1977), Fame (1978), and Muse (1979) didn't break the singer into the mainstream, Jones scored several Billboard club hits and amassed a substantial following with her sexually charged live show, which led to her title of "Queen of the Gay Discos."

During the early '80s, Jones switched from straightforward, R&B-rooted disco to a post-disco fusion of reggae and rock driven by Sly & Robbie and a team of studio associates dubbed the Compass Point All-Stars. The shrewd change resulted in three of her best-known and strongest releases, all of which -- Warm Leatherette (1980), Nightclubbing (1981), and Living My Life (1982) -- were recorded at Compass Point Studios in Nassau. These albums contained her strongest original material, including the provocative "Pull Up to the Bumper" and defiant "Living My Life," as well as imaginative covers of songs recorded first by the Pretenders, Roxy Music, and Iggy Pop. Jones' also adopted a singular vocal approach that sounded somewhat detached and all-powerful at once, and she had a scowling, prowling, rather inhuman stage presence to match.

The singer then 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, but she returned to her recording career and enlisted super-producer Trevor Horn (Yes, Frankie Goes to Hollywood) to oversee the lavish Slave to the Rhythm (1985), which turned out to be a somewhat autobiographical work. A ten-track compilation of highlights from her first six albums, Island Life, was issued the same year. Jones' penchant for working with big names continued on Inside Story (1986). Its production chores handled by Chic's Nile Rodgers, the album spawned one of Jones' last big singles, "I'm Not Perfect (But I'm Perfect for You)."

After the release of Bulletproof Heart (1989), Jones recorded less frequently and focused primarily on acting, including a role in Eddie Murphy's hit 1992 comedy Boomerang. Although there were anthologies, such as the double-disc set Private Life: The Compass Point Sessions (1998), Jones went nearly 20 years without recording a new album. She didn't make a full return to music until the late 2000s, when she released Hurricane (2008), a set that featured contributions from Brian Eno, Wendy & Lisa, Tricky, and others. During the 2010s, Jones' 1977-1981 studio recordings were expanded and reissued, and she published an autobiography, I'll Never Write My Memoirs. ~ Greg Prato & Andy Kellman
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Hurricane

1. This Is

2. Williams' Blood

3. Corporate Cannibal

4. I'm Crying (Mother's Tears)

5. Well, Well, Well

6. Hurricane

7. Love You To Life

8. Sunset Sunrise

9. Devil In My Life

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Track List: Grace Jones: The Collection

1. Warm Leatherette

2. Nipple To The Bottle

3. Everybody Hold Still

4. Private Life

5. Use Me

6. Living My Life

7. La Vie En Rose

8. Love Is The Drug

9. The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game

10. Feel Up

11. I Need A Man

12. Ring Of Fire (Demo Version)

13. Walking In The Rain

14. All On A Summers Night

15. I've Seen That Face Before (Libertango)

16. She's Lost Control

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Track List: Private Life: The Compass Point Sessions

Disc 1

1. Private Life (long version)

2. Private Life (dub version)

3. Love Is The Drug (long version)

4. Breakdown

5. Warm Leatherette (long version)

6. The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game (long version)

7. I've Done It Again

8. Pars (long version)

9. Pull Up To The Bumper

10. Use Me (long version)

11. She's Lost Control (long version)

12. She's Lost Control (dub version)

Disc 2

1. Walking In The Rain

2. Cry Now, Laugh Later

3. Nightclubbing

4. The Apple Stretching

5. Nipple To The Bottle

6. My Jamaican Guy

7. Feel Up

8. I've Seen That Face Before

9. Demolition Man

10. Unlimited Capacity For Love

11. Ring Of Fire

12. Man Around The House

13. Living My Life

14. Slave To The Rhythm..HotBlooded Version

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Track List: Island Life

1. La Vie En Rose

2. I Need A Man

3. Do Or Die

4. Private Life

5. Love Is The Drug

6. I've Seen That Face Before (Libertango)

7. Pull Up To The Bumper

8. Walking In The Rain

9. My Jamaican Guy

10. Slave To The Rhythm

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Track List: Nightclubbing

1. Walking In The Rain

2. Pull Up To The Bumper

3. Use Me

4. Nightclubbing

5. Art Groupie

6. I've Seen That Face Before (Libertango)

7. Feel Up

8. Demolition Man

9. I've Done It Again

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Track List: Portfolio

2. What I Did For Love

3. Tomorrow

4. La Vie En Rose

5. Sorry

6. That's The Trouble

7. I Need A Man

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Every man of the world loves grace jones.she's a diva...
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I Love this woman!
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tonias511
Love her
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ll cool j used this beat for Doin' It
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I first saw her in the last 1980's while visiting Paris. At the time, I was only 17 years old. A friend an I went into a gay club and WOW. I thought she was a man but wasn't sure. I had no clue who she was back then.
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watuwazuri1
AWESOME!!!!! Saw Grace in Detroit some years ago. She pulled off her armored breastplate and did PULL UP TO MY BUMPER.....n e e d l e s s to say the crowd went WILD.
Grace come back and do it AGAIN!!!!!
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Did not M's Jones work....Afro punk 2015 Brooklyn, New York
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oovii808
not gay, never been gay, but always loved her music, her voice, her style...in a weird way she reminds me of Siouxsie Sioux.
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Love her songs. Not the voodoo. Look
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I love Grace Jones music, style and individualit y . She very beautiful and unique
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walksinwater 7
Mrs. Jones music combined art and music that brook the basic video format and live show to an art. Grace Jones is a true one man/woman show.
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This bio is completely wrong!
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walksinwater 7
Trevor Horn's production and Grace Jones artistry makrs this song a muse to any upcoming producer. I am a Slave to its rhythm. SLAVE!!!!!!
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I hope she comes back she's music she is art she is Grace! She did a new song for mockingjay part 1 it's really good ! Please come back
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A true icon. She is music and art, brilliantly.
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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
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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!
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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!!!! !
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God I remember her spitting on me at a club in the village..Lov e is the drug..
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walksinwater 7
This song was my first partner and mine song for ten years, how I miss our dance. Rest in my dreams and in peace.
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It was at Crisco. And the fun house she drag me by a leather. Tie I wore, not 54,,I was24,now 60
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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
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PS bio still not right.
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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.
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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.
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Love grace jones.
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I clicked on mogwai and it brought me here -_-
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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
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pamunk9
What am I saying - it's been over FIVE YEARS!!!!! WTF!
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pamunk9
C'mon Pandora - it's been over 2 years - get her bio up!!
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msmarguerite h i c k s
Still WRONG!!!!
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This is clearly not Grace Jones' biography!! :(
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svanier6
Um? Get your sh*t together, Pandora...
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Seems to be fixed now.
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yeah wrong bio b**ches. Grace is way more interesting and legendary than the band that's listed for sure. fix it.
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juggernaut10 6 3
Still have the wrong info. Please fix it.
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dianehooks
You all still have the wrong information. I want to read about MS. GRACE JONES, come on and Pull it to the Bumper.
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rnbabydoll
This is for Grace Jones - she is wild, but I LOVE HER!!! This is my favorite song!
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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...
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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.
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eveliver1
j'aime la vie en rose ,grace jones cest fantastique
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mscolwhite
I love Grace too . . . PUT SOME GRACE IN YOUR FACE
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cadogankhali l
I LOVE Grace Jones
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Yeah, this isn't Mogwai, this is GRACE JONES! Please fix this.
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Hey....no Grace Jones info. Whaddup widdat?
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Grace is The Thin Black Duke of androgeny with the soulful seductive voice of a siren.
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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.
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Grace has a following that may be gay, but she is still in the limelight of music even after disco.......
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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.
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great one n only ear thumper
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