Grace Jones in concert in ‘A One Man Show’
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Grace Jones
James Bond
Jean-Paul Goude

Grace Jones has a theory that “men need to be penetrated…at least once in their lifetime.” The singer, actress and muse thinks it would help men “understand what it is like to receive,” which could (perhaps) “ take some of the aggression out of the world.”

It’s a theory Jones has perhaps held for a while, as during the making of the movie A View to a Kill, in which she played villain May Day against Roger Moore’s James Bond, she (jokingly) tried out her theory. In a seductive scene between May Day and Bond, Jones surprised Moore by disrobing to reveal a large rubber strap-on attached to her body. She then pounced on the unsuspecting 007. The prank left Bond shaken, but not apparently stirred.

Grace learned all about male aggression from an early age. She was brought up by her grandparents, who were devoutly Christian, tough, hard, and violent. She was frequently whipped by her grandfather over anything he considered to be a misdemeanor.

“Sometimes we’d have to climb a tree and pick our own whips to be disciplined with. When you had to pick your own whip, you knew you were in for it.”

Such aggressive behavior taught Grace to hide her emotions form her family, though later it did inspire her to create a fearsome alter ego.

“I think the scary character comes from male authority within my religious family. They had that first, and subliminally I took that on. I was shit scared of them.”

A few years later, Grace moved to America to be with her parents. Without the brutish discipline of her grandparents, Grace started to rebel, and gave up religion for the world of music, art and theater. She became a model, and started to hang-out with Andy Warhol and his Factory scene, and in the late 1970s, she began recording.

Her collaboration with artist and designer Jean-Paul Goude produced several decade-defining fashions, music promos, and ads. In 1982, this perfect balance of Grace and Goude produced a video of Jones’ concert A One Man Show, which along with Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense is one of the best concerts of the 1980s—a brilliant piece of theater and music, which is long overdue a full release on DVD. Track listing, “Warm Leatherette,” “Walking In The Rain,” “Feel Up,” “La Vie En Rose,” “Demolition Man,” “Pull Up To The Bumper,” “Private Life,” “My Jamaican Guy,” “Living My Life,” and “Libertango/Strange I’ve Seen That Face Before.”

Bonus compilation of Grace Jones’ rarities, after the jump…

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Grace Jones and Deee-Lite backstage at The Palladium nightclub, NYC, 1991
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Grace Jones

Grace Jones applies her makeup as Lady Miss Kier and DJ Dmitri of Deee-Lite ham it up for the video cameras in the dressing room of the legendary Palladium nightclub on 14th Street (now an NYU dorm, of course).

Worth mentioning is the fact that the wild costume Jones is wearing was designed by a guy named David Spada (seen in video wearing a polka-dot shirt). Spada, who died in 1996, was the designer of the iconic anodized aluminum Freedom Rings symbolizing LGBT rights that were launched in 1991.

Video shot and edited by Janet Speier and David Wallace Crotty. Mildly NSFW due to what is now called a “wardrobe malfunction.”

Written by Richard Metzger | Discussion
Iconic album covers re-imagined with superheroes
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David Bowie
Grace Jones

Bowie’s Aladdin Sane cover artwork with X-Man Cyclops.
German artist Ewe de Witt re-imagines iconic albums with superheroes.

I think the Grace Jones cover with Luke Cage is my favorite.

Check out more of Ewe de Witt‘s superhero album covers at his Cover Parodies section on DeviantART.

Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon cover artwork with Dr. Strange.

Grace Jones’ Living My Life cover artwork with Luke Cage.
More photos after the jump…

Written by Tara McGinley | Discussion
Grace Jones: Modeling Card from 1973
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Grace Jones
Paris 1973

This is rather fabulous - Grace Jones’ modeling card from 1973.
Previously on Dangerous Minds

Grace Jones and Jean-Paul Goude: Their classic advert for Citroën CX

With thanks to Tony Vermillion

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Grace Jones and Jean-Paul Goude: Their classic advert for Citroën CX

Grace Jones was muse and lover to Jean-Paul Goude, when they made this advert together for the Citroën CX, in 1985. For some reason it was banned in “various countries around the world”, and I’ve yet to find out why? (Answers please…) It’s a classic, iconic ad, that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and once may have even tempted a non-driver like me to consider taking-up driving lessons. Well kinda.


Written by Paul Gallagher | Discussion
Amazing Grace

I HAD to share this cartoon, because it really tickled me.

It’s from The Spectator magazine, and is a reference to the fantastic performance by Grace Jones at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, where she sang “Slave To The Rhythm” while hula-hooping non-stop for the best part of four minutes. She’s 64, in case you forgot. And as fierce & fabulous as ever. Grace is the REAL queen:

Grace Jones “Slave To The Rhythm” (live at the Diamond Jubilee)

Written by Niall O'Conghaile | Discussion
Bill Cosby hoodie

Unfortunately, I just discovered that this excellent Bill Cosby hoodie is no longer available from the online made to order website HeadHoods. Maybe if you write them, they’ll make you one? 

Oh, and if you’re a Grace Jones fan, they have a hoodie of her, too!

Below, a GIF that serves no real purpose:

(via reddit)

Written by Tara McGinley | Discussion
Grace Bones: Portrait of Grace Jones as a zombie
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Ben Brown
Grace Bones

Awesome “Grace Bones” portrait by Australian-based graphic designer, illustrator, and artist Ben Brown.

While looking through Ben Brown’s site, I also found his terrific Dinosaur Jr. / Planet of the Apes poster mashup for an Australian tour.

(via Coilhouse)

Written by Tara McGinley | Discussion
Grace Jones: the ‘Hurricane’ returns

With the east coast of America still recovering from the effects of Irene, it seems like today’s American release of Grace Jones’ album Hurricane could not have come at a more inopportune moment. But as the album was originally released in Europe in 2008 the question remains - why did it take three years for Hurricane to get an American release in the first place? Was it label hassles? Jones hassles? Or a renewed interest in the lady’s work post-Gaga?

Either way it’s still a good day for Jones fans, even the ones who already own Hurricane. The American release comes with a dub-remix album imaginatively titled Hurricane Dub, which is also being released in its own right in other territories. Hurricane Dub is highly recommended, not just for the Jones-heads out there, but for connoisseurs of dub in general. It’s excellent. In fact it’s maybe even better than the original album, and yes I know saying that is kind of sacrilegious.

It’s a dub remix album in the true sense of the term, using just the original tracks and a shit ton of spaced out fx, mixed and processed by producer Ivor Guest (is that his real name?!). Like the dub mixes of her work from the 80s, Hurricane Dub brings the classic rimshot-heavy sound of the Compass Point All Stars to the fore, and positively drips authentic stoner atmosphere. I was actually surprised at how good this album is, and I do count myself among the hardcore Grace Jones faithful. Strangely enough though, there’s very little of this album appearing online. I hope her label are ensuring this reaches as many ears as possible! So, while you will have already seen the fantastic and terrifying video for “Corporate Cannibal”, here’s the only readily available video clip from Hurricane Dub available online:

Grace Jones - “Well Well Well Dub”

Hurricane and Hurricane Dub are available to buy here.


Written by Niall O'Conghaile | Discussion
Stryx: Italian TV Disco madness with Amanda Lear, Grace Jones, Patty Pravo & more

In my post about Rockets the other day, I mentioned the Italian TV program Stryx. Here’s some more bizarro music performance clips from the show, in its own particular late 70s batshit/fierce style. They really don’t make ‘em like this anymore! According to Wikipedia:

Stryx thematically referred to Hell, devils and underworld. The scenography featured elements resembling Middle Ages-like gloomy castles and caves… The show caused many controversies in more conservative societies, mainly because of its devilish theme and referring to underworld as well as exposing nudity. Due to numerous protests the show was taken off the broadcast and the production of following episodes was cancelled.

So in these videos, all of which are worth watching, we get two huge gay disco icons in the one clip (Amanda Lear & Grace Jones), Patty Pravo giving Gaga a run for her Illuminati wage packet, Mia Martini getting burnt at the stake in a fabulous glittery dress, and some more of those amazing Rockets. My favourite clip is Gal Costa performing “Relance” - it’s quite subdued for Stryx (apart from the dozen or so extras who are lying still at the front of the stage) but is carried by Costa’s no bullshit performance and the incredible gypsy funk of the track itself. But first let’s start with Grace and Amanda:
Grace Jones (introduced by Amanda Lear) - Fame

After the jump, more Grace Jones, Amanda Lear, Patty Pravo, Gal Costa, Mia Martini and Rockets…

Written by Niall O'Conghaile | Discussion
Little known footage of “Vamp” era Grace Jones

Here’s some great, candid footage of Grace Jones on the set of the 1986 film Vamp. First there’s an interview in some amazing Egyptian headgear, and then a strangely intimate video of her rehearsing for the role as the two thousand year old vampire Katrina with the film’s director Robert Wenk. I’ve been a huge fan of Ms Jones for a long time, but have to admit I have never seen this film, even though the whole thing is up on YouTube. I will someday, even if it is just for her amazing outfits, and the Keith Haring body art.  Although I get the feeling that you could dress her in random items pulled from a garbage truck and she would still look breathtaking, it’s funny how different Grace comes off in her interviews to her public image - articulate, funny, warm, even slightly goofy. I’d definitely hang with her.

After the jump, Grace rehearses for a scene in Vamp, plus the scene itself.

Previously on DM:
Keith Haring & Grace Jones: Flesh graffiti and the Queen of the Vampires.

Written by Niall O'Conghaile | Discussion
Grace Jones sings ‘Little Drummer Boy’ to a mesmerized Pee Wee Herman

Grace slithers around the playhouse set like a futuristic vision of Maria Montez’s Cobra Woman as she sings a wonderful version of “Little Dummer Boy” on Pee Wee’s Christmas Special in 1988.

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Lou Reed, Miles Davis and Grace Jones selling Honda Scooters and TDK tape in the 1980s

I owned one of Honda’s flashy red scooters. It didn’t last long in Manhattan. Stolen.

The Lou Reed commercial captures a certain nitty gritty New York vibe, the kind of place where scooters disappear.

Grace and Miles after the jump…

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Janelle Monae is the truth: Live & close-up in ‘07

If you generally detest today’s pop music, you may be sick of hearing Janelle Monae’s name so much. And considering that she’s firmly inside the music industry machine, it’d be hard to blame you.

But unlike many women in the pop and R&B realm, the girl has pretty confidently determined and shaped her own music and visual style. Synthesizing new rock and traditional soul into the kind of futuristic brew her foreparents David Bowie and Grace Jones served up back in the day, Monae’s still got the aesthetic zeitgeist at her back.

Let’s hope she retains the integrity and panache shown below. This video is excerpted from an appearance she made in the summer of 2007, just as she released her first EP on her Wondaland Arts Society label. And even though she was already officially signed to the megalith Bad Boy label, she saw fit to play the independent Criminal Records store in the Little 5 Points district of her adopted Atlanta hometown with her guitarist Kellindo Parker. Aaaand she tore it up.

Whatever happens to Monae’s career going forward—sometimes it pays to brace for disappointment, sell-out fuckery, etc.—we’ll be able to recount a time when she seemed like the future of pop. Go girl.

More Janelle getting real after the jump…

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Keith Haring and Grace Jones: flesh graffiti and the Queen Of The Vampires

In the mid-1980s Grace Jones’s body became the flesh canvas upon which Keith Haring created some of his most striking images. In the process, Haring contributed to Jones’s reputation as an innovator of cutting edge style and fashion. She wore Haring’s body paint in the video for her song I’m Not Perfect and in live performance at New York City’s Paradise Garage.

Body painting was a natural extension of the ephemeral nature of Haring’s art. Like subway graffiti and street art, it isn’t intended to last.

I remember the days before Haring became famous, when his “Radiant Baby” graffiti was as ubiquitous on the streets of New York as the smell of urine and the sound of ghetto blasters. For awhile, Haring was New York.

In the above photo we see Haring preparing Jones for her role in the 1986 movie Vamp, in which she portrays Katrina the Queen of The Vampires.

The music in this clip from Vamp is by Jonathan Elias who produced Jones’s Bulletproof Heart album.

for more photos pull up to the bumper

Written by Marc Campbell | Discussion