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Grace Jones – Love Is The Drug (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on March 4th, 2016



“Love Is the Drug” is a 1975 song originally recorded by English band Roxy Music.

Grace Jones recorded “Love Is the Drug” on her Warm Leatherette album from 1980. The track was released as the second single, following “A Rolling Stone” in the UK while it was the first single to be released in Germany. After failing to chart in 1980, a remix of the Grace Jones version was released in 1986 following the 1985 compilation Island Life and then became a minor hit in the UK, peaking at no. 35. Music video was produced for the 1986 remix and directed by Matt Forrest and Bruno Tilley.

Love Is The Drug (Remix) 6:58
Remix – Paul “Groucho” Smykle
Written-By – A. Mackay*, B. Ferry*

Living My Life 5:21
Mixed By – Steven Stanley
Written-By – Grace Jones

The Apple Stretching 7:03
Mixed By – Steven Stanley
Written-By – Melvin Van Peebles

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

Label: Island Records– 12 IS 266
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: UK
Released: 1986
Genre: Electronic, Funk / Soul
Style: Synth-pop

Design – Island Art
Illustration [Drawings] – John Paul Goude*
Lacquer Cut By – Jonz*
Producer – Alex Sadkin, Chris Blackwell

A remixed by Paul “Groucho” Smykle at the Fallout Shelter.

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS

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Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
Phono Pre-amp:
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning:
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans:
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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34 Responses to “Grace Jones – Love Is The Drug (UK 12″)”

  1. Rafael Cova Says:

    Hi Paul the link are down please reload


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Working now Rafael. Please try again 🙂


    Rafael Cova Reply:

    Ready, Thanks Paul!


    DJ Jeff Reply:

    The link still appears to be incorrect in the email.
    It is, however, correct on the webpage itself.
    In the email, all of the file names have a hyphen in front of them.
    On the website, they do not.


  2. juspuk Says:

    Links are not working.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Try again juspuk.


  3. Dean Says:

    <3 <3 <3 Thank you for more Grace!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Dean 🙂


  4. NKelly Says:

    Not working for me right now. Error 404


    NKelly Reply:

    320 and 16 bit Flac both had error 404 one minute later both fine. Many thanks for this classic!


  5. Ken Says:

    The links seem to have the character “-” before the file name. Remove that from the link and you can download ok.


    Ken Reply:

    Fixed just as I replied!


  6. OMAR Says:

    Thanks Paul. Was there a Private Life (Groucho 7″ ) from 1986 as well?


  7. Jeff Says:

    You indeed reign supreme Paul!! This song is absolutely one of my favorite Grace Jones records. I so remember the music video back in ’86 and it really had me spellbound!! Thanks so much for posting this classic. I am so overwhelmed with excitement and pleasure Paul. This has been such an exceptional week for postings. Songs that I have been obsessed with for ages and to finally have them in such quality is oh so tremendous. Thank you immensely and intensely Paul.

    Have a marvelous weekend my friend.



    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Jeff have a great weekend 🙂


  8. Jermajesty Says:

    Grace Jones is one of the few artists who can consistently take other people’s songs and totally make them her own. Her version of Private Life may as well have been written for her because the original Pretenders version is rubbish by comparison.


  9. miran0019 Says:

    Thanks, Paul. Can never get enough Grace. She’s the best! But I wish she wouldn’t take so damn long to release a new album. Maybe this year (fingers crossed).


  10. Christian Says:



  11. Junior Says:

    Love Grace, and this is a great cover version from her of the Roxy Music classic.

    Thanks Paul 🙂


  12. h Says:

    Thank you sooo much, this is something close to the holy grail!


  13. ex15 Says:


    Thanks as always for the rip, Paul! 🙂


  14. Todd Says:

    Always appreciate it when you post a Grace Jones single – thanks Paul! I think this almost completes her 1986 Island Life era! Only one left now (i think) is the ’86 mixes of Private Life and Jamaican Guy from the Uk 12″… Any chance that’s on your list?


    Christian Reply:

    You can find this mix of Private Life here:


  15. r0m Says:

    Many thanks – it would be great if you could share more Grace Jones singles if possible.
    Daily checking your site is a pleasure !


  16. VanceMan Says:

    I remember when the video premiered at a local (New Orleans) disco. The whole crowd stopped dancing, watching the video and, when it ended, gave it a wild round of applause. I’ve never seen that reaction to a music video before or since. (And thanks for sharing this remix!) of the


  17. Vermillion Says:

    Thanks for this Paul. Another great remix by Paul Groucho Smykle of ‘Love is the Drug’ that I think was exclusive to this 12″. And the B side contains a different mix of ‘Living My Life’ from the one that appeared on the Compass Point Sessions CD in 1998. So full of rare mixes!


  18. Dirk Says:

    Many many thanks!! One of them I don’t have on vinyl. Only the 7”. So you did it again, Paul. Now there are really only few left for re-publication, albeit via non-official channels.. (Nipple-7” anyone?)(Didn’t you have The Apple-12” on your site earlier on? I have it myself, found a decent rip, but it’s gone. Posted it on youtube, in awaitance of the Living My Life-deluxe I bet hundreds of thousands of GJ-lovers are eagerly hoping for.) Besides, does anyone know about the bio-movie release date?


  19. giorgio-greece Says:

    music is our drug!!!!!

    djpault is the man!!!!

    thanx once again for everyting!!!!!

    love u!!!!!!

    (back after a long time-very very happy!!!!!)


  20. vuoksenniska Says:

    Thank you so much for this great 12″ single. Grace is great!
    I have been fortunate to see her live on her “Hurricane” tour 🙂


  21. TSS Says:

    Another awesome rarity brought back to life! Great sounding rip too. Thanks for posting. Any chance you could re-up some of the older posts where the links aren’t working anymore? Some of that stuff looks classic!


  22. Jonathan Says:

    Hi Paul

    Thanks for another great rip. I have the 12″ picture disc and the clear vinyl 7″ of this release, but obviously therefore neither is exactly high-quality listening!

    I had the thrill of meeting Miss Jones at a book signing in London for the launch of her autobiography. She was even more Grace Jones than I could have hoped for. And she looked amazing: immaculately dressed, with a glass of red wine at her side, and looking 20 years younger than her age.

    I agree with Dirk – it’s about time there was a deluxe issue of Living My Life. I think I have all the mixes that have been released, including the fabulous dubs, but surely there are more lurking in the vaults? In the meantime, I guess we’ll have to hope someone provides more of his special rips… 🙂


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  24. Dirk Says:

    Fot those who have missed the news and like to be awake at night awaiting new releases of old records : Warm Leatherette is about to be released as a deluxe this spring!


  25. Chris Says:

    Another great find, thanks for sharing!


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