Grace Jones was one of the more unforgettable characters to emerge from New York City's hedonistic Studio 54 disco scene during the late '70s. Jones' statuesque and flamboyant look proved to be a hit in the New York City nightclub scene, which led to a recording contract with Island Records in 1977. While such disco-based albums as 1977's Portfolio, 1978's Fame, and 1979's Muse failed to break the singer commercially, Jones soon amassed a substantial following amongst gay men with her sexually charged live show, leading to her title at the time of "Queen of the Gay Discos."
The dawn of the '80s led Jones to focus on more new wave and experimental-based work resulting in two of her best-known and strongest releases 1980's Warm Leatherette and 1981's Nightclubbing, as well as covers of Iggy Pop's "Nightclubbing" and the Police's "Demolition Man". Jones' sixth solo release overall, Living My Life, followed in 1982. After taking a break from recording to focus on film work, Jones eventually returned back to her recording career, enlisting super-producer Trevor Horn (Frankie Goes to Hollywood) to oversee 1985's Slave to the Rhythm.