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Sunday, August 06, 2006


ModMusic: Grace Jones

Inspired by Lone Star Verve's post earlier this week and a few reader inquiries since our mention of it, we dug deep into the ModFab archives to profile one of pop music's great unsung heroines, Grace Jones. Fierce and seductive, Jones (a successful model, singer, actress, and visual artist) remains an uncategorizable phenomenon. Her music drew from rock, reggae, dance and avant-garde composers...sometimes in the same song. Her stage persona embraced a gender-twisting power that exuded both masculine and feminine strength. Her pop chart successes (like 1986's "I'm Not Perfect (But I'm Perfect For You)" and 1989's "Love On Top Of Love") even conquered the mainstream's uncomfortability with her iconic, complex identity.

We really could post about twenty songs here for your enjoyment, but ultimately we went old school. "Pull Up to the Bumper" is a spicy soul workout from 1981's sublime Nightclubbing, while the title track from her master opus -- "Slave to the Rhythm" -- comes from her landmark 1982 concept collaboration with Trevor Horn. Most of her albums can be (sadly) found cheap on the internet and in discount bins, so buy early and often. You'll thank us later.

Download: "Pull Up to the Bumper" and "Slave to the Rhythm"
Then Buy: Grace Jones Discography
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