The mark the release of the revealing, insightful and at times hilarious documentary film, Bloodlight and Bami (directed by Sophie Fiennes), a couple of Grace's finest, with two sample live performances capture her ferocity, style, sexiness, humour, and above all, consummate skill as an artist. Slave To The Rhythm, a fusion of funk and pop, was written by Bruce Woolley, Simon Darlow, Stephen Lipson and Trevor Horn, and the latter produced the 1985 album of the same name. The song was originally intended for Frankie Goes To Hollywood as a follow-up for Two Tribes. It is about repression and exploitation in everything from the slave trade to the music industry:
"Axe to wood in ancient time
Man machine, power line
Fires burn, hearts beat strong
Sing out loud the chain gang song."
Pull Up To The Bumper, from 1981's Nightclubbing, produced by Chris Blackwell, was written by Grace with Kookoo Baya and Dana Manno. Mixing reggae, pop and disco, it truly penetrated the music scene and established Grace as a performer like no other. The lyrics? Well it's not about car maintenance:
"Pull up to my bumper baby
In your long black limousine
Pull up to my bumper baby
Drive it in between …
Grease it, Spray it, Let me lubricate it …"
And finally, a trailer for the film. Grace Jones is now 69. How does she do it? A truly magnificent, remarkable performer who has fought her way though the worlds of fashion, film and music, and remains triumphant.
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