Grace Jones


May 1981

Made before we became slaves to her rhythm

Soul, Disco, Funk and Art-rock

In 1981 with the aid of great songs and musicians Grace Jones showed the world that she meant business.

In the liner notes to the 2014 Deluxe Edition 2CD reissue – music historian Daryl Easlea sings the praises of The Compass Point All Stars - the brilliant backing band of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare on drums and bass with Barry Reynolds and Mikey Chung on guitars and Wally Badarou on keyboards, not forgetting Uziah Thompson on percussion. Nightclubbing was always a great sounding album and with the latest remastering from first generation tapes - the dynamics and bass on these tracks is incredible.

It opens with the irrepressible groove of Walking In The Rain by Australian pop group Flash & The Pan – and immediately the sound arrests you. Her anthem Pull Up To The Bumper, still ignites dance floors, while cover versions of Bill Withers' Use Me and Iggy Pop's Nightclubbing, take both to totally new musical places.

Demolition Man was given to her by Sting who would later record it on Ghost In The Machine. Her version of I’ve Seen That Face Before (Libertango) is French disco funked up. And the bass and drums on her own Feel Up – a rock solid groove with banter in French as the track fades out. The album finishes on an unexpectedly sad note of regret in I've Done It Again.

Jones would enslave us in 1985 with Slave To The Rhythm but, like many, I return to the huge piano, bass and drum sound of the Nightclubbing track, it’s robotic rhythms and monotone delivery sounds better than ever