- Release Date 28 April 2014
- In Stock
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- Double CD Album
• 2 Unreleased tracks
• Extended 32 page booklet
• Brand new notes
• Re-mastered for the first time
• Re-mastered from the original masters
Nightclubbing is the fifth studio album by Grace Jones, originally released in 1981. It is the second of three post-disco albums that Jones made at Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas and became Jones’ commercial breakthrough and also formed the basis of her groundbreaking concept tour A One Man Show.
The lead single for the album was “Demolition Man” written by Sting for Jones and also included on The Police’s album Ghost in the Machine later in the year. The second single “Pull Up to the Bumper” was a hit and became one of Jones’ best-known songs. It originally made #53 in the UK Singles Chart in June 1981, and a 1985 re-release following the success of the Island Life compilation backed with “La Vie En Rose” reached #12.
The third single from Nightclubbing in 1981 was “I’ve Seen That Face Before (Libertango)” which melded Ástor Piazzolla’s Argentine tango classic with a reggae beat, and lyrics partly sung in French. The title track is a cover of an Iggy Pop song, which was co-written by David Bowie and the fourth single release, “Walking in the Rain”, was originally recorded by Australian New Wave band Flash and the Pan and included on their eponymous 1979 debut album. Nightclubbing closes with the ballad “I’ve Done It Again” written by Barry Reynolds, with whom Jones would go on to compose most of the material for 1982’s Living My Life.
The album reached number #35 on the UK Album Chart in May 1981, #9 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart and #32 on Pop Albums, and this in combination with an entirely new androgynous image created by Jean-Paul Goude brought Jones from being a former disco diva with a loyal cult following but dropping sales figures to an international star with mainstream chart success, and resulted in Island Records re-releasing her 1980 album Warm Leatherette worldwide. It was also voted best album of 1981 by NME critics at the time – and in Oct 2013 it came in at 212 on the best 250 albums of all time.
1. Walking In The Rain
2. Pull Up To The Bumper
3. Use Me
5. Art Groupie
6. I’ve Seen That Face Before (Libertango)
7. Feel Up
8. Demolition Man
9. I’ve Done It Again
1. Demolition Man (12” Version)
Issued as A-side of 12” single 12 WIP 6673, Feb 1981.
2. Pull Up To The Bumper (Long Version)
Issued as A-side of 12” single 12 WIP 6696, June 1981.
3. I’ve Seen That Face Before (Libertango) (12” Version)
Issued as A-side of Dutch 12” single 600.366, July 1981.
4. Walking In The Rain (12” Version)
Issued as A-side of 12” single 12 WIP 6739, Oct 1981.
5. Pull Up To The Bumper (Remixed Version)
Issued as B-side of 12” single 12 WIP 6739, Oct 1981.
6. Use Me (Long Version)
First issued in 1998 on the compilation Private Life: The Compass Point Sessions.
7. Pull Up To The Bumper (US Party Version) Issued as A-side of US promotional 12” single PRO-A-936.
8. Feel Up (Long Version)
Issued as B-side of 12” single 12 WIP 6696, June 1981 Also issued as A-side of US promotional 12” single PRO-A-985.
9. Pull Up To The Bumper (1985 Remix)
Issued as A-side of cassette single CIS 240
10. Peanut Butter (Pull Up To The Bumper Instrumental)
Issued as B-side of cassette single CIS 240.
11. If You Wanna Be My Lover (previously unreleased)
12. Me! I Disconnect From You (previously unreleased)
13. Esta Cara Me Es Conocida (I've Seen That Face Before (Libertango))
Issued as A-side of Spanish 7” single B-102.587