Baker's Dozen

Artists discuss the 13 records that shaped their lives

6. Grace JonesIsland Life

What’s not to love about Grace Jones? She’s so hilarious, isn’t she? She’s so, er, Grace Jones. She’s so fiercely independent and nothing else sounds like Grace. My favourite track on this album is ‘My Jamaican Guy’.

The cover is amazing – you can almost balance a wine glass on her arse. It’s not anatomically possible to strike that pose, but the photographic montage is beautiful. I think it was shot by Jean-Paul Goude.

I remember once when [husband] Ian [Devaney] and I went to the World Music Awards in Monaco. It’s held in this big sports club. I’m sat on one side of the table, facing Ian on other side. Prince Albert of Monaco is sat next to me and Kylie Minogue is sat on the other side of him. So, the Prince seems happy. Ian had said he was giving up drinking, so he’s not touched a drop. We look at the table place settings for him and he’s got Nana Mouskouri on one side and Charles Aznavour on the other. Ian just looked at the waiter and said, ‘excuse me mate, have you got any red wine?’ But, this story is relevant, bear with me. Later that night, Ian ended up drunkenly teaching the Status Quo ‘shoulder dance’ to Grace Jones. That was an absolutely fucking brilliant sight.

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