Life of Colleen: Some touches of Jamaica
Some touches of Jamaica
posted by Colleen Shirazi
Saturday, December 6, 2008
at 5:40 PM (Pacific)
Okay, it's a bit raunchy, yet also kind of touching and romantic. I love how part of the video appears slapped together, as if they'd gone to one of the resorts and just asked people there to dance in the ocean behind them. Yet the cafe scenes are carefully composed, down to the band tapping percussion on coffee cups. And then there are the luminous Jamaican beauties. A perfect video.
Perhaps a slightly less favorable impression of Jamaica ("I'd stay and be a tourist, but I can't take the gunplay"). I had Give 'em Enough Rope on an 8-track, believe it or not, back in the day.
I always kind of dug Grace Jones. Thinking back on it, she did everything "wrong," which is why...I dug her. Instead of being pressured into lightness and whiteness, she played up her beautiful dark skin, making it appear literally black. She neither grew nor straightened her hair, but cut it in a sharp masculine flat-top. (I'm fairly sure this predated the flat-top trend for black hair.) She didn't do the delicate femininity of the era, but rather made herself masculine, intimidating even, at times, yet she was all sweet girl inside, as evidenced by this tribute to her Jamaican guy.
This song was famously sampled by LL Cool J by the way.
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