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Throwback: Grace Jones-Pull Up To The Bumper

Grace Jones’ Nightclubbing album changed her status from an underground disco artist and successful fashion model to an innovative pop music icon. It was her fifth album after releasing projects that made her a revered disco queen at New York City’s Studio 54 and Paradise Garage. Island Records founder Chris Blackwell produced Nightclubbing with Alex Sadkin and put her back in the studio with Sly and Robbie. They had already incorporated reggae into her music on the Warm Leatherette album and that era was also the time she debuted her androgynous style and signature box haircut. “Pull Up To The Bumper” was recorded during the Warm Leatherette sessions but Blackwell did not add to the album because its R&B sound did not fit with the other songs. Jones co-wrote “Pull Up To The Bumper” with Kookoo Baya (Sly and Robbie) and Dana Manno. The lyrics were provocative despite Jones telling Q magazine in 2008 that sex was never the intention. Some radio stations refused to play the song for that reason but it was also a Black radio breakthrough because mainstream R&B audiences were not familiar with her. “Pull Up To The Bumper” was an international hit and made Nightclubbing her most popular record. The combination of R&B, reggae and dance music influences along with her singular look soon had musicians and fashion followers copying her style. Jones had one of the most important and accessible songs of 1981. Jones continued to innovate musically with the subsequent Living My Life and Slave To The Rhythm albums. Her contributions to music, film and fashion are the focus of the current documentary Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami.   



Grace Jones Talks About Bloodlight And Bami On The Tonight Show

Grace Jones was a guest on The Tonight Show and she talked about her family, career and the Bloodlight And Bami documentary. Jones explained the title of the film is a dual homage to her recording career and favorite food. She also shared a story about her famous performance on the opening night of Studio 54 and how it was a catalyst for Nile Rodgers’s “Freak Out” single with Chic. Grace Jones: Bloodlight And Bami will open in nationwide theaters April 20th. 


Grace Jones: Bloodlight And Bami Official U.S. Trailer

 Grace Jones: Bloodlight And Bami will have its U.S. opening next month in New York and Los Angeles. Sophie Fiennes’s documentary about Grace Jones premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year and is ready to be seen by the general public. Fiennes looks at Jones the performer, daughter, mother and businesswoman. She films Jones with her family in Jamaica and interviews some of her clan about. There is footage of her performing “Slave To The Rhythm,” ” Pull Up To The Bumper” and more. This is the official trailer for the U.S. audience and it is filled with scenes Jones’s life and the narrative puts in her control as her words are at the center. 


Grace Jones: Bloodlight & Bami Documentary To Open Nationwide In April

Grace Jones: Bloodlight & Bami will open nationwide in April with the first screenings taking place in New York. Sophie Fiennes’ critically acclaimed documentary about Grace Jones debuted at the 2017 Toronto Film Festival.

On April 13th, the film will open in New York at Metrograph, BAM, and the Film Society Of Lincoln Center. It will move to Los Angeles on April 20th and San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas, Boston, Houston, Philadelphia, DC, Miami and Detroit will follow.

Fiennes filmed the documentary over several years and it features Jones performing “Slave To The Rhythm,” “Pull Up To The Bumper” and more. Viewers also get to see Jones’ everyday life as a mother, daughter, sister, lover and grandmother. Her life from childhood in Jamaica until the present is explored through Fiennes’ lens.


Grace Jones: Bloodlight And Bami Trailer

Sophie Fienne’s Bloodlight And Bami documentary about Grace Jones has a trailer. Scenes of Jones in various stage outfits flash by as you hear her describing her journey and outtakes of her conversations with other people. Jamaican producers Sly and Robbie appear in the film as well as Jones’ longtime collaborator and father of her son Jean-Paul Goude. Grace Jones: Bloodlight And Bami will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7th 9:30 PM at the Elgin Theatre.