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Crucial Vinyl: Grace Jones - Nightclubbing

Don's choices cross time, space and genre, plus he selects Nightclubbing by Grace Jones as his Crucial Vinyl.

Each week Don selects a piece of Crucial Vinyl (or C.V.), an album that means a lot to him and has helped shape his musical taste. He explains why and features three tracks from it.

This week it's Nightclubbing, the 1981 release by the inimitable Grace Jones.

Don says, "Another of my C.V.s which features Jamaica's riddim twins Sly n' Robbie (on drums n' bass respectively), Grace Jones' 1981 album Nightclubbing had a distinctive look, influenced by art and fashion (courtesy of Jean Paul-Goude), an attitude courtesy of the lady herself and a sound that was a unique fusion of genre that included post-disco funk, reggae, rock, dance and even tango.

Interestingly, the album featured a number of cover versions of tunes by the likes of David Bowie and Iggy Pop, Sting, Bill Withers and Astor Piazolla. Nevertheless, it was unmistakably a Grace Jones record. In fact it was this, her fifth album, that came to define her, and, some 35 years later, it still sounds as fresh as the day it was made.".

2 hours

Music Played

  • John Carpenter


  • Q Tip vs. Eddie Kendricks

    Vibrant Thing (Sam Redmore Remix)

  • The Who

    Pictures Of Lily

    • The Who Hits 50! (Deluxe Edition).
    • Polydor.
    • 010.
  • The Viceroys

    Heart Made Of Stone

  • Brian Eno & David Byrne

    The Jezebel Spirit

    • My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts.
    • EG.
    • 5.
  • Jake Bullit

    Pain Killer

  • Teenage Fanclub

    Sparky's Dream

    • (CD Single).
    • Creation Records.
  • Tony Tribe

    Red Red Wine

    • Young Gifted & Black (Various).
    • Trojan.
  • Panda Bear

    Butcher Baker Candlestick Maker

  • Grace Jones

    Walking In The Rain

  • Grace Jones

    I've Seen That Face Before (Libertango)

    • Island Life.
    • Island.
  • Grace Jones

    Pull Up To The Bumper

    • Island.
  • T. Y. Boys

    Lekopokopo Single Moqashoa

    • Strut Rrcords.
  • Prince Fatty

    Nina's Dance

  • Petite Noir

    Come Inside

  • Harry Nilsson

    Everybody's Talkin'

    • Million Sellers Vol.10 - The Sixties.
    • Disky.
  • Silk Rhodes

    This Painted World

  • Ibeyi


  • Dandy Livingstone

    Raining In My Heart

  • Roses Gabor


  • Neil Young & Crazy Horse

    My Heart

  • The Detroit Spinners

    I'll Be Around

    • Atlantic Soul (Various Artists).
    • Warner E.S.P..
    • 3.
  • Arti


  • Bruce Ruffin


    • Young Gifted & Black (Various).
    • Trojan.
  • Primal Scream

    Higher Than The Sun

    • Creation Records.
  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra

    So Good At Being In Trouble

  • Delphic


  • Phosphorescent

    A Charm/A Blade

  • Sherwood & Pinch


  • Bj√∂rk


  • Cody ChesnuTT

    With Me In Mind