Grace Jones - Nightclubbing

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Nightclubbing is the fifth studio album by Jamaican singer Grace Jones, originally released in May 1981 via Island Records.

The early 80s was when Jones produced her best work. Warm Leatherette (1980) and Nightclubbing were two masterful works of post-punk pop that delved into the worlds of disco, reggae and funk much more successfully than most of her ‘alternative’ contemporaries, while still retaining a blank-eyed alienation than most of her peers.

Nightclubbing was perhaps the ‘lighter’ of the pair but no less convincing for it. Her recipe for success was a fearless, almost intimidating, choice of significantly reworked cover versions, combined with the use of peerlessly drill-practised session musicians.

The album is, of course, named after the Iggy Pop track from his Bowie collaboration The Idiot. Jones’ skill as a facilitator as well as pop cultural icon is exposed in the way the original song is converted from Krautrock-damaged, Suicide-aping sleaze fest into sophisticated, lightly-dub inflected, disco reggae. The conceptual joke of the song is clear: Grace doesn’t hang around in the same horrible dives as Iggy, but you can be sure that the experience is just as existential and soul-draining. She has just applied his lyrics to the cocaine-and-champagne instead of amphetamine-and-vodka lifestyle.

All of her covers are astutely chosen; Bill Withers’ “Use Me” and Flash and the Pan’s “Walking In The Rain” are canny re-workings and, as with all good covers, the style in which they are reworked becomes a statement in itself. (Contrary to popular belief there isn’t a Police cover on this album. “Demolition Man” was written for her by Sting, who, in typical graceless style, then decided he liked the song and got The Police to record a lacklustre version later on.)

The album’s undoubted centrepiece is an original composition and a work of cocksure funk disco genius. “Pull Up To The Bumper” remains a bona-fide dancefloor filler and one powered by a delicious irony at that. Jones’ fan base at the time was mainly comprised of white gay men, who idolised this chiselled, masculine woman who sang unashamedly and quite obviously about the joys of an, ahem, alternative sexual practice for her, that wasn’t so alternative for them.

For this recording, La Jones’ pair of aces in the hole came in the shape of Sly Dunbar on dub echo-treated metronomic drums and Robbie Shakespeare dealing out tar-thick bass wobble. Ensconced in Island’s Compass Point studios in the Bahamas the statuesque beauty, aided by her two lieutenants, laid down a world-class album.

Check out the tracks: “Demolition Man”; “I’ve Seen That Face Before (Libertango)”; “Pull Up To The Bumper” and Walking in The Rain”. 

This LP record is a "Back to Black Island Records 50th Anniversary Series" reissue on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl featuring remastered audio, reproduced album artwork and a digital download code, pressed in Europe.








Walking In The Rain



Pull Up To The Bumper



Use Me






Art Groupie



I’ve Seen That Face Before (Libertango)



Feel Up



Demolition Man



I’ve Done It Again


SKU 042284236812
Record Label Island Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number 0042284236812
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 25 May 2009
Original Release Date (Year) 11 May 1981
Barcode # 042284236812
Shipping Weight 0.2800kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Digital Download Code, Remastered Audio, Reissue, "Back to Black" Series, Island Records 50th Anniversary Edition
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock & Popular

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