The 1980s weren’t much for music (in my humble opinion). But the decade got off to a hot start with three superb albums by Grace Jones: “Warm Leatherette,” “Nightclubbing” and “Living My Life.”
Produced by Chris Blackwell, these LPs boasted a world-class session band – including Sly & Robbie and Wally Badarou – plus extraordinary good taste in song selection.
(You should be in possession of the double-CD compilation “Private Life: The Compass Point Sessions,” which includes a buried treasure from this period – Grace’s reggae version of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire.”)
French visual artist Jean-Paul Goude shaped Grace Jones’s image during this time frame. I’m not crazy about the way he fetishized her blackness. But Goude created a mesmerizing video document of Grace in her prime. It was called “A One Man Show,” and it’s on YouTube in bite-sized pieces.
Which I place before you now via UBM-TV.
For me personally, the only downside to watching Grace perform “Private Life” and “Demolition Man” and “Walking in the Rain” is the realization of how quickly the last 25 years have gone by.
UPDATE (06/19/07): Now that they’ve been replaced in my Video Bar, here’s where you can find those fragments of “One Man Show” on YouTube: part 1 (with “Warm Leatherette” and “Walking in the Rain”); part 2 (with “Feel Up” and “La Vie en Rose”); part 3 (with “Demolition Man” and “Pull Up to the Bumper”); and part 4 (with “Private Life” and “My Jamaican Guy”).