Friday, February 12, 2010

LADIES FIRST: "Demolition Man" - Grace Jones > The Police > Sting

LADIES FIRST hips you to songs that 'she did first'.


Grace Jones actually recorded the first version of "Demolition Man", written by Sting.

GRACE JONES -"Demolition Man" (1981)

Quickly thereafter, Sting recorded his own take on his song with his mates The Police.

THE POLICE -"Demolition Man" (1981)

A year later it was done again by Manfred Mann's Earth Band. Mann is most famous for his other hit covers "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" ('64) and "Blinded By the Light" ('77).

And it gave the title to Stallone's SF action flick, DEMOLITION MAN (1993), where Sting remade it for the soundtrack.

STING -"Demolition Man" (1993)

As everything is cyclical, Wesley Snipes wouldn't have had his whole post-New Wave look if it hadn't been for Grace Jones forging the path in the first place!

© Tym Stevens

See Also:
-The Real History of Rock and Soul!: A Music Player Checklist

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