Do or Die (Grace Jones song)

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"Do or Die"
Grace Jones - Do Or Die.jpg
Single by Grace Jones
from the album Fame
B-side "Comme un oiseau qui s'envole"
Released 1978
Format
  • 7"
  • 12"
Genre Disco
Length 6:47
Label Island Records
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Tom Moulton
Grace Jones singles chronology
"La Vie en rose"
(1977)
"Do or Die"
(1978)
"On Your Knees"
(1979)
"La Vie en rose"
(1977)
"Do or Die"
(1978)
"On Your Knees"
(1979)
European single sleeve
Grace Jones - Do Or Die (Europe).jpg

"Do or Die" is a single by Grace Jones, released in 1978, promoting her album Fame.

Background[edit]

"Do or Die" was the first and in most parts of the world the only single release from Jones' Fame, her second disco album. On Fame it made up the first part of the A-side non-stop medley "Do or Die"/"Pride"/"Fame". The 7" single featured a heavily edited version (3:22) with the French-language non-album track "Comme un oiseau qui s'envole" as the B-side, included as a bonus track on the Canadian edition of the Fame album. The 12" single featured a slightly shorter mix of the album version with a cold end, and the B-side an extended mix of "Comme un oiseau qui s'envole". "Do or Die" reached number 3 on the US Billboard dance chart, but failed to make a chart impact anywhere else.

In 1985 the 7" edit of "Do or Die" was included as one of three disco tracks on the career retrospective Island Life, the other being the album versions of "I Need a Man" and "La Vie en rose" (1977).

Music video[edit]

A music video was shot as a part of an Italian TV show Stryx, for which Jones made several more clips. It uses the Stryx studio set and sees Jones dancing with a surreal scenography in the background.[1]

Track listing[edit]

A. "Do or Die" – 3:22
B. "Comme un oiseau qui s'envole" – 3:10
A. "Do or Die" – 6:15
B. "Comme un oiseau qui s'envole" – 4:30

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
position
Canada (Dance/Urban)[6] 6
Spain Top 40 Radio[7] 13
United States (Hot Dance/Disco)[8] 3

Cover versions[edit]

Eartha Kitt recorded a cover of the song for her 1989 album I'm Still Here.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Grace Jones - "Do or Die" - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  2. ^ "Grace Jones - Do Or Die (Vinyl) at Discogs". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  3. ^ "Grace Jones - Do Or Die (Vinyl) at Discogs". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  4. ^ "Do or Die by Grace Jones : Reviews and Ratings - Rate Your Music". rateyourmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  5. ^ "Grace Jones - Do Or Die (Vinyl) at Discogs". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  6. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". RPM. www.collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2012-04-30. 
  7. ^ Fernando Salaverri (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  8. ^ "Grace Jones". www.allmusic.com. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  9. ^ "Eartha Kitt - I'm Still Here (CD, Album) at Discogs". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 

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