Thursday, 12 February 2015

Grace Jones 'I'm Not Perfect (But I'm Perfect For You)'

Chart Peak: 56
Grace has co-written and co-produced her new single - released early November.
Another confident inclusion, though it doesn't look like this one went quite as well for them as Swing Out Sister. This was her first single for EMI after her run of reggae-influenced hits on Island, which might explain why it's her Now debut. As well as changing label she also moved to a more disco-pop sound, so her co-producer was the ubiquitous Nile Rodgers. Famously, it was Jones who'd first invited Rodgers and the other members of Chic to the legendary Studio 54 club, but they were refused entry so they went home and wrote 'Le Freak' instead. Despite this old connection, her insistence on contributing to the production apparently led to a rather fraught working relationship. Her co-writer for this and the rest of the album was Bruce Woolley, who'd also co-penned 'Slave To The Rhythm' and 'Video Killed The Radio Star'. It's a good if undramatic song and features a strong performance but it does keep reminding me of 'I'd Be Surprisingly Good For You' by Linda Lewis. Perhaps it reminded the record-buying public too as the single stayed largely on the shelves and the album Inside Story was also her least successful in the UK. It's one of those odd little quirks that this turned out to be her only solo Now appearance. Surprisingly it's not the lowest-charting single on this album either.

Available on: Inside Story

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