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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

It's the return of Grace Jones, bitches!

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  • Lawrence Watson

Grace Jones 2008 UK release, Hurricane, is finally slated to drop stateside on Sept. 6. The U.S. release of the album will be accompanied by a dub version (Hurricane Dub) of the original LP, which featured the menacing single "Corporate Cannibal" — perfectly timed for that year's financial collapse.

Here's an mp3 of the "Well Well Well" dub mix — produced, along with the rest of the album, by Ivor Guest — which FactMag.com premiered yesterday.

Grace Jones - Well Well Well Dub by GraceJones

In the three years since her ’08 album dropped, most of the press surrounding Jones hasn't been about herself, per se, but about the emergence of alleged copycat diva Lady Gaga, who has amply borrowed from the outrageous template Jones set in stone over a 10-album career that spanned 1977-1989.

When Gaga asked Jones to collaborate, Jones ungracefully declined: "I've seen some things she's worn that I've worn, and that does kind of piss me off," she told The Guardian last year. "I'd just prefer to work with someone who is more original and someone who is not copying me, actually."

But seriously, the 63-year-old queen diva has nathan to worry about. Gaga, RiRi and the rest have a long row to hoe if they aim to take her crown. When she performed at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York two years ago, she had at least 10 costume changes, including this fly-ass number, and this wicked performance.

So in honor of her return, here are some YouTube clips of her most memorable talk show appearances in the ’80s, when she used to scare/seduce the hell out of me on late-night TV. Notice the recurring theme of vanishing clothes....

On Johnny Carson in 1985, promoting A View to a Kill (her reason for not believing in marriage is the best I've ever heard)

On David Letterman in 1986, promoting Vamp (Is it just me or was everybody on that powder on Letterman's show back in the ’80s?)


On Joan Rivers in 1984, promoting Conan the Destroyer
(no embed allowed, but the magically disappearing outfit and her reason for giving an English talk-show host the beatdown is definitely worth the link)

And the infamous Russell Harty interview, when she got slap-happy with the host
(try to ignore the dumb commentator)


And for the second time today, a random Boomerang link
(who can forget her infamous role as Strangé alongside Eddie Murphy?)

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