The story of "Slave to the rhythm" real fly on the wall stuff.


Doctor of Teleocity
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Dec 2, 2003
The Netherlands
It's funny, I read so many comments on this here forum which go "the Eighties were dreadful for music!" and when I go "Oh yeah, and what about Stevie Ray Vaughan?" the usual reply is "But he's the exception"

But even in the pop charts there was so much cool stuff going on, take Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer" for example or bands like Missing Persons where the musicianship had people go "WHAT? Did I really hear THAT?"

One song which certainly fits into that "There's more going on than you'd think" category is Grace Jones' "Slave to the Rhythm"

The music video is basically commercials for Kodak, Citroen and Maggy put together, spliced with photographs and footage shot with Grace done by French cinematographer Jean-Paul Goude, who was Grace' boyfriend at the time.

But "Slave to the Rhythm" works just as well without that iconic music video and here's how it was done.

Oh and about that demo version meant for Frankie goes to Hollywood, that ended up on the album, here it is.
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