Grace Jones's striking appearance, she's just under six feet in height, and mannerisms, influenced the cross-dressing movement of the 1980s. To this day, she is known for her unique look at least as much as she is for her music and has inspired numerous other artists.
Jones secured a record deal with Island Records in 1977, which resulted in a string of dance-club hits and a large gay following. During this period, she adapted the emerging electronic music style and adopted a severe, androgynous look with square-cut hair and angular, padded clothes.
The three disco-oriented albums she recorded in the mid to late 1970s,– Portfolio, Fame, and Muse – generated considerable success commercially. The albums consisted of pop melodies set to a disco beat, such as "On Your Knees" or "Do or Die" and standards such as "What I Did for Love" from musical A Chorus Line, Jacques Prévert's "Autumn Leaves," "Send in the Clowns" from Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music and Édith Piaf's signature tune "La Vie en rose."
In 1978, she appeared with French model and singer Amanda Lear in the controversial six-episode Italian TV series Stryx.
In 1981, her "Pull Up to the Bumper" spent seven weeks at #2 on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart, and became a Top 5 single on the U.S. R&B chart. Although she has yet to become a truly mainstream recording artist in the U.S., much of Jones's musical output is very popular in American clubs as many of the singles were hits on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play and Hot Dance Airplay charts.
Jones has found mainstream success in Europe, particularly the U.K., scoring a number of Top 40 entries on the UK Singles Chart. Jones's most notable albums are Warm Leatherette, Nightclubbing and Slave to the Rhythm, while her biggest hits (other than "Pull Up to the Bumper") are "I've Seen That Face Before (Libertango)," "Private Life," "Slave to the Rhythm" and "I'm Not Perfect (But I'm Perfect for You).
In 2008, she released her latest album, Hurricane.
Jones is also an actress. Her acting occasionally overshadowed her musical output in America; but not in Europe, where her profile as a recording artist was much higher. She appeared in some low-budget films in the 1970s and early 1980s. Her work as an actress in mainstream film began in the 1984 fantasy-action film Conan the Destroyer alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the 1985 James Bond movie A View to a Kill.
In 1986 she played a vampire in Vamp, and both acted in and contributed a song to the 1992 film Boomerang with Eddie Murphy. In 2001, she appeared in Wolf Girl alongside Tim Curry.
|At Roskilde Festival 2009|