Happy Birthday, Grace Jones
“Well, you know, I’ve seen some things she’s worn that I’ve worn, and that does kind of piss me off.” Has Gaga asked her to collaborate? “Yes, she did, but I said no,” Jones responded. “I’d just prefer to work with someone who is more original and someone who is not copying me, actually.”
It was the, “Oh Snap!” heard round the blogosphere and let it be known that she has not abdicated her throne as The Grande Dame of Avant Guard. At 62, Ms. Jones is still shutting it down, inspiring new fans and invigorating old ones as well.
Libertango (I’ve seen that face before)
This is probably my favorite song of hers! I can’t get enough of the her vocal phrasing. It definitely leaves you wanting to hear more. It’s so cabaret without evoking a drinking problem, failed relationships or disappointing life prospects.
Slave to the Rhythm
If an introduction by Ian Mc Shane wasn’t enough, Grace comes out and sings the heck out of her most enduring classics. I kinda know who Trevor Horn is, that is to say I know about The Buggles. I feel I should know much more about Horn’s legendary career than I do, but oddly enough I can instantly spot one of his productions. He’s like Marvin Hamlisch in that way.
Happy Birthday, Miss Grace!