Slave to the Rhythm (song)

Slave to the Rhythm (song)

Infobox Single
Name = Slave to the Rhythm

Artist = Grace Jones
from Album = Slave to the Rhythm
B-side = "G.I. Blues"
Released = 1985
Format = 7" single
Recorded =
Genre = Disco
Length = 3:57
Label = Island Records ISP 206B, Manhattan Records 006-20 0889 7
Writer = Bruce Woolley, Simon Darlow, Stephen Lipson and Trevor Horn
Producer = Trevor Horn
Certification =
Chart position =
Last single = "Cry Now, Laugh Later" (1983)
This single = "My Jamaican Guy" (1985)
Next single = "Jones the Rhythm" (1985)
Misc =

"Slave to the Rhythm" was the first single from Grace Jones' album of the same name, which was released in 1985. The song and the album was written by Bruce Woolley, Simon Darlow, Stephen Lipson and Trevor Horn and was produced by Horn. This was Jones first album in three years, and it contained eight variations of the same song (the single's B-side is another variation, yet to be released on CD). The single became one of her greatest commercial successes and counts as one of Jones' signature tunes.

On the "Slave to the Rhythm" album the hit single version of the track is - like on many other contemporary ZTT releases - confusingly re-titled; "Ladies & Gentlemen: Miss Grace Jones". The track called "Slave to the Rhythm" on the album is in turn an entirely different interpretation of the song - a well-known fact that somehow managed to allude the producers of a recent hits compilation - which lead to record company Universal Music issuing the wrong version of one of Jones' greatest hits on one of their many "best of" packages.

CD single releases

Two single CDs have been re-released with multiple remixes of the song. The first includes the long version of the original, co-titled "Blooded".


The song peaked at #12 on the UK singles chart in 1985, and became a new #28 hit in 1994 (in remix form). The original version of the single, and its remixes, also topped the American dance chart in February of 1986. It also became her biggest Hit in Germany where it peaked at #4 and stay in the Top 10 for eight weeks.

ee also

List of number-one dance hits (United States)

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