Jheri Curl June: Grace Jones’ “I’m Not Perfect (But I’m Perfect for You)”

For our second day of JCJ Ladies’ Week, we’ll be looking at a mid-’80s track by Grace Jones. The Jamaican-born style icon is probably best known for her androgynous looks and outlandish behavior, but she is in fact a prolific model, actor, and musical artist.

“I’m Not Perfect (But I’m Perfect for You),” from Jones’ 1986 album Inside Story, was produced by ex-Chic frontman Nile Rodgers and is easily her most accessible song. Musically, it conforms to the now-mainstream sound that jheri curl music had brought to the pop market. But Jones’ signature, commanding contralto voice still sets it apart as distinctly her own.

Also typical of Grace Jones, the video basically looks like an ad for art school, and includes cameo appearances by prominent New York art scene figures Andy Warhol and Keith Haring, as well as Nile Rodgers himself. Now, please enjoy this photograph of Jones wearing the 60-foot-tall dress Haring is shown creating in the video:

Grace Jones in her Keith Haring-designed dress; © WireImage
Grace Jones in her Keith Haring-designed dress; © WireImage

And then, enjoy our Spotify playlist:


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