Island Records (Back To Black Series)
“Nightclubbing” is the fifth studio album by Jamaican singer Grace Jones, released on 11 May 1981 by Island Records. Recorded at Compass Point Studios with producers Alex Sadkin and Island Records‘ president Chris Blackwell, as well as a team of session musicians rooted by rhythm section Sly & Robbie, the album marked her second foray into a new wave style that blends a variety of genres, including reggae, art pop, dub, synth-pop and funk. The album comprises a mixture of cover versions from artists including Bill Withers, Iggy Pop and Astor Piazzolla, and original songs, three of which were co-written by Jones.
Critics and scholars have noted the album’s influence on popular music, especially how its unique sound has been emulated by both pop and alternative acts, and how the persona Grace Jones adopted – deeply influenced by art and fashion – has had an enduring influence in modern female pop singers. Around the time of the album’s release, she adopted her characteristic androgynous look which would become popular in fashion. “Nightclubbing” is now widely considered Jones‘ best studio album and the record that cemented her pop icon status.