Visionary performance artist Grace Jones has released her memoir, hilariously titled “I’ll Never Write My Memoirs”, and she’s hit the promo trail hard by dragging a raft of contemporary pop stars for being “middle of the road” with “spastic, melting beats.”
“Trends come along and people say, ‘Follow that trend’. There’s a lot of that around at the moment: ‘Be like Sasha Fierce. Be like Miley Cyrus. Be like Rihanna. Be like Lady Gaga. Be like Rita Ora and Sia. Be like Madonna.’ I cannot be like them – except to the extent that they are already being like me,” Grace wrote, according to an excerpt published by Time Out magazine.
“I have been so copied by those people who have made fortunes that people assume I am that rich. But I did things for the excitement, the dare, the fact that it was new, not for the money, and too many times I was the first, not the beneficiary.
Grace explained the problem with the Lady Gagas and the Nicki Minajes and Mileys is that they “reach their goal very quickly. There is no long-term vision, and they forget that once you get into that whirlpool then you have to fight the system that solidifies around you in order to keep being the outsider you claim you represent.
“There will always be a replacement coming along very soon – a newer version, a crazier version, a louder version. So if you haven’t got a long-term plan, then you are merely a passing phase, the latest trend, yesterday’s event.
“They dress up as though they are challenging the status quo, but by now, wearing those clothes, pulling those faces, revealing those tattoos and breasts, singing to those fractured, spastic, melting beats – that is the status quo. You are not off the beaten track, pushing through the thorny undergrowth, finding treasure no one has come across before.
“You are in the middle of the road. You are really in Vegas wearing the sparkly full-length gown singing to people who are paying to see you, but are not really paying attention. If that is what you want, fine, but it’s a road to nowhere.”
Grace, who performed in Sydney earlier this year at the VIVID festival, also singled out Lady Gaga in a radio interview with network SiriusXM, recalling that she just couldn’t connect with Gaga despite meeting her a number of times. “Gaga came to me, and I just could not find a soul. I come from church – maybe that has something to do with it. I like to get to the soul of a person. I just didn’t feel a soul,” she said.
Grace admitted Gaga was perhaps nervous when they met, adding: “Not that it’s not there. She might have been freaked out with meeting me and hid it.”
The bad blood between the pair reportedly began when Grace spotted Gaga wearing a look that collaborator Phillip Treacy had designed for Grace’s own tour.
“Boy, I got so angry. I know Philip needed to make some money, but you know what, can you just wait until I finish my tour before you repeat what we are working on?” Grace fumed.