HONOR BLACKMAN THE STAR WHO FELL FROM GRACE



Its not often that songs like this are released & when they do I take notice. For sure, there is no chance whatsoever The Star Who Fell From Grace has ever had the RedOne treatment. However, it puts Lady GaGa's entire discography in its place. Lady GG's entire drive is supposedly an performative essay on the culture of fame, celebrity, fashion and sexuality. And yet, Honor achieves what Lady GaGa is trying to do with pathos, tragedy, glamour and class without the need to copy Grace Jones/Annie Lennox circa 1985. The Star Who Fell From Grace, for me , is simply one of a kind. Its not Honors first foray within the world of pop:


Her first and only album came out on the Decca label back in 1964. It is perhaps one those releases I've always wanted to own. It was re-issued in 2002 in Japan but comes with a hefty price tag usually over $100. Still, its an album I'll have one day. In the meantime, I'll take whatever I can....

7 comments:

Len W said...

I had Honor's album on vinyl. Her duet with Patrick MacNee, "Kinky Boots" is an absolute CLASSIC.

Robpop said...

Len....when you do london next. we.need.to.meet!

Mike said...

I worship Honor's song but I don't really get the Lady GaGa comparisons at all. Talk about chalk and cheese. You could almost describe "The Star Who fell From Grace" as a massive cliche but it works due to Honor's pathos, talent and stunning glamour. I just hope she releases an album because I'd like to hear more from this fabulous diva.

By the way, the 4 minute version of "The Star Who Fell From Grace" on the CD single is far superior this brief video edit!

Robpop said...

I agree. The longer edit is glorious! There must be an album!

Right. The Lady GaGa comparison. Its a hard one. I've theorized this better in cafe's with friends. Its a discussion for another day. In summery, I understand Lady GG's whole existence (through her own words in interviews) is to really explore fame, celebrity, fashion and so forth. Hence the album's title. However, I feel The Star Who Fell From Grace does what Lady GG is trying to do in just 3 short minutes.

tommie said...

I *love* this. It makes me wish more old divas would return to show those other pop strumpets how it's done!

I just searched Ebay for her first album.... yikes, you weren't kidding that it's rare!

Paul said...

I get the GG comparison, but i won't go into it now. However, this has really grown on me as the week has gone on and i love love love it.

Robpop said...

Tommie I couldn't agree with you more! Julie Driscol, Cilla and Bonnie Tyler should all make a comeback!

Yup the album is so expensive. Hopefully this will do something to change that. Perhaps they will put it online.

Thanks Paul...glad you get it too!

Go Honor!