The Epic 2017 Project #132: 170512
Grace Jones – Living my life (1982)
Living My Life is the sixth studio album by Grace Jones, released in 1982. It was the last of three albums she recorded at the Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas.
Jones had already recorded two reggae-oriented albums with the Compass Point Allstars at the Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas, with the most recent, Nightclubbing, becoming her most successful record to date. She went back into the studio in 1982 to record an album which would be her final offering in the unofficial Compass Point trilogy. This time around, Jones recorded only one cover, “The Apple Stretching”, which was originally written by Melvin Van Peebles and used in the Broadway show Waltz of the Stork. “Nipple to the Bottle” was co-written with Sly Dunbar, while, apart from “My Jamaican Guy”, the other tracks were collaborations with Barry Reynolds.
The title track “Living My Life”, despite receiving a limited single release, was ultimately left off the album. Further outtakes included the track “Man Around the House” (written by Jones and Barry Reynolds), and a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire”. Both tracks were released on the 1998 compilation Private Life: The Compass Point Sessions.
The Epic 2017 Project #096: 170406
Girl in a Coma – Trio BC (2009)
Girl In a Coma is an indie rock band from San Antonio, Texas formerly on Joan Jett’s Blackheart Records’ label. Formed in 2006, the band is made up of sisters Nina (vocals/guitar) and Phanie Diaz (drums) and long-time friend, Jenn Alva (bass).The name is a reference to The Smiths’ song “Girlfriend in a Coma”.
Trio BC was their second studio album
The Epic 2017 Project #022: 170122
Bikini Kill – Revolution Style Girl Now (1991)
Bikini Kill was an American punk rock band formed in Olympia, Washington, in October 1990. The group consisted of singer and songwriter Kathleen Hanna, guitarist Billy Karren, bassist Kathi Wilcox, and drummer Tobi Vail. The band is widely considered to be the pioneer of the riot grrrl movement, and was known for its radical feminist lyrics and fiery performances. Their music is characteristically abrasive and hardcore-influenced. After two full-length albums, several EPs and two compilations, they disbanded in 1997.
Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #100: 160409
[A song for the 1980’s (4)]
I can’t believe we’re 100 days into 2016 already! But we are – so here’s a bit of Joy Division – probably one of my favourite bands of the late 70s. Sadly the band only had a four year history, cut short early by the tragic passing of lead singer Ian Curtis in 1980. But its impact was both huge and long-lasting.
‘Love will tear us apart’ was the lead single from the band’s second album “Closer”, released two months after Curtis’ death. Ironically it became their highest charting success. The remaining Joy Division members continued as New Order and achieved critical and commercial success. But that’s for another day…