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Nile Rodgers & Chic

Post  misery guts on Wed Aug 31, 2016 8:13 am

The dreadlocked genius part-responsible for some of the most iconic music of the last 40 years, also a whizz as a producer (whether with Sister Sledge or Bowie or Madonna etc). Chic are still disgracefully not in the American Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In the meantime, here are just a few of the reasons why they're still so loved, and were so important:

Le Freak

I Want Your Love

Good Times (live)

Everybody Dance (do-do-do-do)

Dance Dance Dance (Yowsah Yowsah Yowsah)

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Post  misery guts on Sun Sep 04, 2016 7:05 am

Nile Rodgers - The Hitmaker
He had a tough upbringing, but made good with the Big Apple Band, who quickly became Chic, and one of the acts at the forefront of Disco. On the one hand, they delivered a sampled classic in 'Good Times', and I loved the story about how 'Le Freak' started out as a riposte to being barred from entry to a NYE party at Studio 54. But on the other, the 'disco sucks' campaign spelled their end. Having helped give a boost to Sister Sledge, Rodgers was asked by David Bowie for help with his 1983 album 'Let's Dance', which triggered another chapter in his success as a producer. Sadly, after a concert with the reformed Chic in 1996, his long-time compadre Bernard Edwards died. Rodgers continues to perform, despite his own health issues, and remains highly respected for his track record.

Chic ft Nile Rodgers: Glastonbury 2013
An hour & half show from the West Holts Stage, they started out with some of Chic's best, then ran through many of the tracks Nile has helped make for other people (eg I'm Coming Out, We Are Family, Like A Virgin, Notorious, Let's Dance), before returning to more from Chic's heyday. Seasick Steve was amongst those who could be seen watching from the wings, and the closing 'Good Times' saw the stage shared with all & sundry. A feel good classic.
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Post  misery guts on Sun Sep 04, 2016 7:14 am

Chic w/Nile Rodgers: Live at Montreux
To prove their PR offensive of the past year was nothing new, here was a gig from July 17, 2004, with an unsurprising mix of material, although to be fair they do have plenty of big hitters to get through. They started on 'Everybody Dance' and ended on 'Good Times'.

iTunes Festival: Chic ft Nile Rodgers
Under an hour of the usual hits, but they still sound polished and funky, so why not?
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Post  misery guts on Sun Sep 04, 2016 8:07 am

Jazz a Vienne - Chic ft Nile Rodgers 2013
An entertaining concert from Oct '13, with the usual run of Chic hits, Nile's own works with Diana Ross, Sister Sledge and others, then more classic work from Chic, finishing with a version of Good Times that includes Rapper's Delight.

Neil McCormick's Needle Time: Nile Rodgers
This autumn 2013 chat kicked off with making "Get Lucky". Nile met Daft Punk back in 1997. When they finally worked together, they insisted he work in the way Chic would have. He talked of preferring to work as a producer with lesser known talents like Sister Sledge. He met David Bowie whilst out carousing with Billy Idol. Though Madonna didn't excel technically, she had the whole synergistic package. His autobiography is discussed. He also had his infamous Hitmaker guitar with him, playing several excerpts from tracks he had worked on with it. Overall, a lovely bloke.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Jul 03, 2017 8:00 am

Chic ft Nile Rodgers at Glastonbury 2017
Unlike their previous appearance in 2013, Nile and the gang were very much in the heritage camp, on the Pyramid stage on Sunday evening, after Barry Gibb. The performance was solid, as you'd expect, and interest came from chat Nile gave about helping the clean-up operation for the survivors of the Grenfell Tower Block Fire. Later, he spoke of how he'd just got the all-clear after being diagnosed with cancer back in 2011. So a cause for much celebration of humanity, and the typical conclusion of crowd invading during Good Times.

Weekend - 2/7/17
Nile was a guest on Aled Jones' early morning show, talking a bit about his involvement with the Grenfell response, background stuff about his parents and early career, how he later moved into production, and having met Alice Cooper again when writing his autobiography, having been inspired by seeing Cooper at Max's Kansas City back in the late 1960s.
Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott were also interviewed about their new album, and Ciaran Hinds is soon acting in a new play that uses the music of Bob Dylan, called Girl From The North Country.
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