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FIT INSTRUCTOR CO-WROTE GRACE JONES’S “PULL UP TO THE BUMPER.” YES, THAT SONG. YES, REALLY.

Hue is mad for all things Grace Jones.  Hue digs her hair, clothes, bad attitude, and cheek bones.  Hue cherishes the fact that Grace Jones was pals with illustrator Antonio Lopez, Illustration ’64.  Sometimes we find ourselves walking down the street with our ginormous headphones on, listening to Grace Jones sing in that perfectly cool, kinda butch voice, and we find ourselves thinking, “There never has been, and never will be, anyone as fabulous as Grace Jones.  Ever.”

When Hue found out that Dana Manno, who teaches dance at FIT and is the college’s Theater Ensemble advisor, wrote Grace’s big hit, “Pull Up to the Bumper,” we were nearly apoplectic.  We raced over to interview Manno.  The results can be found in the latest issue of Hue, page 13.

“Pull Up to the Bumper” is one of those songs that doesn’t age.  Though it was released in 1981, it still sounds perfect blasting out of your car’s stereo speakers.  On the off chance that you’ve never heard it, you sad creature, we present it here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oy0E13EtnVA

In addition to penning the words to an immortal pop tune, Manno’s done quite a lot of other things, like dance with Katherine Dunham and the Metropolitan Opera Company.  She also acted in and choreographed Gordon Parks’s 1976 bio-pic, Leadbelly.  You can watch her dance and perform in this clip, beginning at about 7:45:

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Manno is also a happy, upbeat person, as you can see in this picture of her performing the song last summer in Central Park.

Manno says she's always had a fondness for double entendre.