You know i’m obsessed with Grace Jones and I’ve always wondered what she thought of Lady Gaga . Well never one to mince words her comments given to The Guardian clears up any doubt on her opinion! Read the whole interview here
Any number of artists have asked to collaborate with her. Was Lady Gaga one of them?
“I just don’t play with other acts as a rule,” she says, with rare discretion.
What does she think of her?
“I really don’t think of her at all. I go about my business.”
Has she copied her?
“Well, you know, I’ve seen some things she’s worn that I’ve worn, and that does kind of piss me off.”
Is she talented?
“I wouldn’t go to see her.”
So, did she ask to play with her?
“Yes, she did, but I said no. I’d just prefer to work with someone who is more original and someone who is not copying me, actually.”
My Two Cents….
I love her comments and it’s so interesting to me that Grace did this all years ago – the outrageous outfits – but as part of the underground NYC scene. Cut to 2010 Gaga comes along and somehow takes it all mainstream. Do I agree with Grace that she’s copying her? well clearly – there are references everywhere and as we all know Gaga herself has named her as a source of ‘inspiration.’
The difference between them is that Grace Jones is authentic in her eccentricity. Take the clothes for example – Grace didn’t sit around in her bedroom in NYC thinking ‘that will keep me in the headlines’ when she picked out an outfit, she simply picked something up threw it on and walked out the door into the night – she was not courting press. Eccentricity seeps out of Grace’s pores and her wacky clothes have always been simply an extension of the weird and wonderful force of nature that she is. She is a product of the underground scene that she came up in – Downtown New York, Warhol, Studio 54, Keith Haring – I could go on. The fact is, Grace Jones lives it Gaga is simply trying it on for size. – Camille
My Jamaican Guy