On Your Knees (Grace Jones song)

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"On Your Knees"
Single by Grace Jones
from the album Muse
B-side "Don't Mess with the Messer"
Released August 1979
Format 7", 12"
Genre Disco
Length 6:20 (album version)
3:22 (radio edit)
Label Island
Writer(s) D.C. LaRue, Jerry Corbetta
Producer(s) Tom Moulton
Grace Jones singles chronology
"Do or Die"
(1978)
"On Your Knees"
(1979)
"A Rolling Stone"
(1980)

"On Your Knees" is the 1979 single by a Jamaican singer Grace Jones.

Background[edit]

The song was the first and in most parts of the world the only single release from Grace Jones' third album Muse (1979). In most territories it was credited as a double A-side with "Don't Mess with the Messer". The 7" single featured edited versions of both tracks while the 12" included a very slightly different mix of "On Your Knees" and an extended remix of "Don't Mess with the Messer". None of these mixes and edits have been re-issued on CD, just like the Muse album itself, originally released in the year of the so-called anti-disco backlash. The single was ignored by the record-buying public and left little impact on dance music charts in the USA.

The record cover artwork, designed by Richard Bevistein, was featured in Michael Ochs' 1996 book 1000 Record Covers.[1]

Track listing[edit]

"On Your Knees"[edit]

A. "On Your Knees" - 3:47
B. "Don't Mess with the Messer" - 4:05
  • 7" Promotional Single[4]
A. "On Your Knees" (Edit - Stereo) - 3:49
B. "On Your Knees" (Edit - Mono) - 3:49
A. "On Your Knees" - 6:30
B. "Don't Mess with the Messer" - 6:27

"Don't Mess with the Messer"[edit]

  • 7" Single
A. "Don't Mess with the Messer" - 4:10
B. "On Your Knees" - 3:49

Chart performance[edit]

Chart Peak
position
United States (Dance Music/Club Play)[7] 28

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ochs, Michael (2005). 1000 Record Covers. Taschen. p. 264. 
  2. ^ "Grace Jones - On Your Knees (Vinyl) at Discogs". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  3. ^ "On Your Knees by Grace Jones : Reviews and Ratings - Rate Your Music". rateyourmusic.com. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  4. ^ "Grace Jones - On Your Knees (Vinyl) at Discogs". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  5. ^ "Grace Jones - On Your Knees (Vinyl) at Discogs". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  6. ^ "On Your Knees by Grace Jones : Reviews and Ratings - Rate Your Music". rateyourmusic.com. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  7. ^ "Grace Jones - Awards : AllMusic". www.allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-08-21.