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Chic

Nile Rodgers (rhythm guitar and vocals, 1976-present), Bernard Edwards (bass and vocals, 1976-1996), Tony Thompson (drums, 1976-1983)

Norma Jean Wright (vocals, 1976-1977), Luci Martin (vocals, 1978?-1985), Alfa Anderson (vocals, 1976?-1985), Audra Lomax (vocals, ?-2002/2003), Sylver Logan Sharp (vocals, 1992-present), Jessica Wagner (vocals, 2003-present), Jenn Thomas (vocals, 1992), Jill Jones (vocals, 1996), Tawatha Agee (vocals), Robin Anderson (vocals), Briz (vocals), Jocelyn Brown (vocals, 1981-1982), Robin Clark (vocals, 1977), Michelle Cobbs (vocals, 1979-1982), Dennis Collins (vocals), Diva Grey (vocals, 1977-1978), Curtis King (vocals, 1983), David Lasley (vocals, 1977-1979), Ullanda McCullough (vocals, 1979), Dolette McDonald (vocals, 1982), Princesa (rap, 1992), Fonzi Thornton (vocals, 1979-1983), Luther Vandross (vocals, 1977-1979), Brenda White-King (vocals, 1983-1992)

Chic's 
Nile and 'Nard in concert in 1996

Jerry Barnes (bass, 1998-present), Sonny Emory (drums, 1992), Sterling Campbell (drums, 1992), Omar Hakim (drums, ?-2003-present), Sammy Figueroa (percussion, 1977-1982), Manolo Badrena (percussion), Roger Squitero (percussion), Gerardo Velez (percussion, 1992-present), Jose Rossy (tubular bells, 1978), David Friedman (orchestral bells, vibes, 1977), Alfred Brown (strings, 1977), Gene Orloff (concertmaster, violinist), Marianne Carroll (strings, 1978), Karen Milne (strings, 1977-1981), Cheryl Hong (strings, 1978-1981), Karen Karlsrud (strings, 1979), Valerie Heywood (strings, 1979-1981), Al Brown (strings, 1992), Matthew Raimondi (strings, 1992), Richard Sortomme (strings, 1992), Elena Barere (strings, 1992), Marti Sweet (strings, 1992), Juliet Haffner (strings, 1992), Mitsue Takayama (strings, 1992), Julien Barbar (strings, 1992), Frederick Zlotkin (strings, 1992), Richard Locker (strings, 1992), Max Ellen (strings, 1992), Winterton Garvey (strings, 1992), Regis Iandiorio (strings, 1992), Gerald Tarack (strings, 1992), Alex Foster (saxophone, horn, 1978), Jeanie Fineberg (saxophone, horn, 1978), Michael Brecker (saxophone), Ronnie Cuber (saxophone, 1981), Lenny Pickett (saxophone), Vinny Della Rocca (saxophone), Robert Arron (saxophone, 1982), Stan Harrison (saxophone, 1992), Steve Elson (saxophone, 1992), Crispin Cioe (saxophone, 2003), Bill Holloman (saxophone, ?-1996-present), Mac Gollehon (trumpet, flugelhorn, 1992-1998-?), Ray Maldonado (trumpet, flugelhorn, 1982), Randy Brecker (trumpet, flugelhorn, 1978, 1981), Jon Faddis (trumpet, 1977-1978), Ellen Seeling (trumpet, horn, 1978), Curt Ramm (trumpet, 2003-present), Barry Rogers (trombone, 1977-1978), Marty Celay (guitar, 1982), Tom Coppola (keyboards, 1977), Robert Sabino (keyboards, clavinet and electric/acoustic piano, 1977-1983), Andy Schwartz (keyboards, clavinet and electric/acoustic piano, 1977-1982), Raymond Jones (keyboards, electric piano, 1978-1981), Richard Hilton (keyboards, 1992-present), Cherie Mitchell (keyboards, ?-2001-present), Merline Nelson (keyboards, ?-present), Gloria Augustini (harp, 1977), Kenny Lehman (woodwinds, 1977), Vito Rendace (flute, tenor saxophone, 1977), George Young (flute, tenor saxophone, 1977)

Chic began in the mid-1970s -- first under the name the Big Apple Band, then Orange Julius, and then Allah and the Knife-Wielding Punks -- as a New York City-based cover band playing R&B, jazz, punk, and rock songs by artists like Earth, Wind and Fire in bars, but when they later created their own material they became a worldwide phenomenon and developed into the finest disco band of all time.

"Masterminded by the producer/songwriter team of Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, and inspired by Roxy Music's stage act mixing smart-looking men with sophisticated ladies, Chic emerged as the most successful and musically qualified disco band of the era. Like an expensive, silky evening garment, their music seduced you with sensuous, luxurious layers, all cunningly designed and carefully arranged..."
- Saturday Night Forever: The Story of Disco by Alan Jones and Jussi Kantonen (Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing, 1999), page 127

"Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers, the writers/producers/players behind Chic and Sister Sledge, are one of the hottest production teams in the music business.... Unlike many disco producers who started out as deejays, Edwards and Rodgers owe their phenomenal success largely to their prowess and experience as musicians.... They merge a loose and funkily precise rhythm section with stately strings and graceful female voices. This is the Chic production concept that has spun gold for all concerned."
- "DISCOTECH II: The Producer is the Star" by Crispin Cioe, in High Fidelity Magazine (September 1979): 136-139.

"...behind the lush string orchestrations and colorful polymelodies lies a raunchy pulse, a pulse that comes from the street, a gut-level instinct not necessarily sexual but raw and stripped of any phony trappings. That's why 'Good Times' had such broad appeal. The lyrics were easy and catchy (and ambiguous), but it was the music: that bass line like a jungle drum, that handclap like a heartbeat lifeline, allowing everyone to pour out their troubles on the dance floor."
- Barry Cooper, in New York Rocker (1980).

"Chic truly lived up to its name with sophisticated, silky records like 'I Want Your Love' (1979) and 'Good Times.' The opening of 'I Want Your Love,' with its majestic bells, is one of the great moments in disco."
- "Disco Fever: The Trammps' Earl Young remembers" by Patricia Romano, in Arizona Style (Summer 1995).


DISCOGRAPHY

Classic Songs:
1977: Dance Dance Dance, Everybody Dance, Strike Up the Band
1978: Chic Cheer, Le Freak, I Want Your Love, Savoir Faire
1979: Good Times, My Forbidden Lover, My Feet Keep Dancing
1980: Real People, Chip off the Old Block
1981: Just Out of Reach, Stage Fright
1982: Hangin'
1983: You Are Beautiful
1992: Chic Mystique, High, Your Love, One and Only One
2015: I'll Be There

Albums:


Chic (1977)
TRACKS:   Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)     Sao Paulo     You Can Get By     Everybody Dance     Est-ce Que C'est Chic     Falling in Love with You     Strike Up the Band
"It was an immediate sensation from beat one... [which] during late-1977... began to set New York dance floors on fire. Finally released through the Atlantic label, 'Dance, Dance, Dance'... not only topped the disco charts but also became a major pop hit the world over, selling over a million copies in its first month alone."
         - Saturday Night Forever: The Story of Disco by Alan Jones and Jussi Kantonen (Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing, 1999), page 127

"This is a diverse set from the group which has a major disco hit with 'Dance, Dance Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah).' That good timey cut is included, along with several less gimmicky tracks which could move the group strongly from its disco base into pop, soul and MOR radio formats. These include a super-sexy Diana Ross-styled vocal number, a male vocal cut with good r&b possibilities and a flowing, melodic Brazilian-flavored instrumental. Excellent string arrangements throughout. Best cuts: 'Dance, Dance, Dance,' 'Sao Paulo,' 'You Can Get By,' 'Falling In Love With You.'"
         - Billboard Magazine (week ending December 10, 1977)

Billboard chart positions in the USA:

  • DANCE, DANCE, DANCE (YOWSAH, YOWSAH, YOWSAH) - #1 Disco, #6 R&B, #6 Pop
  • EVERYBODY DANCE - #12 R&B, #38 Pop
    C'est Chic (1978)
    TRACKS:   Chic Cheer     Le Freak     Savoir Faire     Happy Man     I Want Your Love     At Last I Am Free     Sometimes You Win     (Funny) Bone
    "I Want Your Love", with its famous bells, is one of Chic's most popular songs and got plenty of radio play in the 1970s and early 1980s. "Le Freak" was composed after Chic was refused entry into the famous disco club Studio 54. "Savoir Faire" is a superb instrumental that mixes soul with jazz. Listen for the great brass explosion towards the end of the song "Sometimes You Win".

    "...the sound of the greatest party imaginable, and spelt glamour, sex with unthinkably beautiful people, fancy cocktails and always getting past the doorman... ["C'est Chic" featured] imperious classics..."
             - Q Magazine (September 1999): page 136

    "...Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers, another top R&B-disco production/writing team, seem more like minimalistic aural interior decorators than songwriters. C'est Chic perfected their polished signature sound, which echoes Thom Bell's classic Spinners discs. Voices and strings hang like a satin backdrop behind Edwards' elegantly defined bass and Rodgers' scrubby guitar..."
             - Stephen Holden, Rolling Stone Magazine

    "Although 'Le Freak,' already a disco, soul and Top 40 hit, is the standout cut of the eight songs offered, the band proves it is able to work in styles other than disco. 'Savoir Faire' features some nimble guitar work reminiscent of George Benson and 'At Last I'm Free' is a straightforward soul ballad. The rest is disco saved from being run of the mill by the vocals of Alfa Anderson, Bernard Edwards, Diva Gray, Luci Martin, David Lasley and Luther Vandross. Best cuts: 'Le Freak,' 'Happy Man,' 'Chic Cheer,' 'Savoir Faire.'"
             - Billboard Magazine (week ending November 25, 1978)

    "Le Freak" is the theme song of the 2003 American movie "Freaky Friday". It was also included on the soundtrack to the 2005 American movie "Roll Bounce".

    Billboard chart positions in the USA:

  • LE FREAK - #1 Disco, #1 R&B, #1 Pop
  • I WANT YOUR LOVE - #5 R&B, #7 Pop
    Risqué (1979)
    TRACKS:   Good Times      A Warm Summer Night      My Feet Keep Dancing      My Forbidden Lover      Can't Stand To Love You      Will You Cry (When You Hear This Song)      What About Me
    "...Chic hit immortality with a cut taken from their Risqué album. 'Good Times' was to become one of the most celebrated dance music anthems ever, endlessly remixed, illegally sampled and circulated through the next decade of rap music. After the release of 'Good Times', the seemingly simple Rodgers and Edwards formula, with its instantly recognisable trademark bass-lines, was soon copied by funkers and rockers alike..."
             - Saturday Night Forever: The Story of Disco by Alan Jones and Jussi Kantonen (Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing, 1999), page 129

    "As with most soul music, there was little lyrical depth to the Chic songs. They dwelt on love and having a good time. It is rather the mood that was magical. Songs like Good Times, Chic Cheer, and Le Freak, even though they were the bigger hits, have the coarse, brash tone of funk all over them. Good Times, eight weeks at number one in America, went on to become the best-selling record ever on the Atlantic label, with 6m copies worldwide; it also became the most sampled or copied song of all-time."
             - The Sunday Monitor (Kampala Uganda, Sunday, July 18, 1999): Arts and Entertainment section

    "Chic's third album is a stunning showcase for the work of Rodgers and Edwards, who are fast proving themselves as consummate craftsmen in the classic pop tradition of Phil Spector and Holland/Dozier/Holland. Apart from writing, arranging and producing everything here, they provide a rock-solid musical foundation (with Rodgers' mesmerizing rhythm guitar and Edwards' fluid bass lines) upon which the drums, strings and vocals -- soulfully handled by Alfa Anderson and Luci Martin -- are built. The result is the crisp, economic and instantly identifiable sound that's exemplified by 'Good Times,' already a major hit, and 'Forbidden Lover.' And then there's the ultimate disco anthem, 'My Feet Keep Dancing,' a masterpiece of constructive repetition, with layers of sound adding texture as the tune unwinds. Best cuts: 'Good Times,' 'My Forbidden Lover,' 'My Feet Keep Dancing,' 'What About Me.'"
             - Billboard Magazine (week ending August 11, 1979)

    "Chic sports a durable and optimistic signature sound that, unlike much of what is commonly heard in discos, does not intimidate with electronic calisthenics. The single Good Times grips, but does not assault, with crisp, potent hand claps, propelling guitar work, and a string section that neatly slices the song into sections.... A Warm Summer Night is a mindless ballad that suffers from bland eroticism, while Forbidden Lover is driven by bright, snappy vocals and a persistent, prominently defined rhythmic line. Sophisticated funk is paired with an aggressive, hard-hitting handling of lyrics on Can't Stand To Love Ya. Anderson's intensely dramatic attitude on Will You Cry is inappropriate, but the achingly simple What About Me takes on vibrancy and sincerity...."
             - Christopher Petkanas, High Fidelity Magazine (October 1979)

    Billboard chart positions in the USA:

  • GOOD TIMES - #1 Disco, #1 R&B, #1 Pop
  • MY FORBIDDEN LOVER - #3 Disco, #33 R&B, #43 Pop
  • MY FEET KEEP DANCING - #42 R&B, #101 Pop

    A segment of "My Feet Keep Dancing" features the tap dancing of Fayard Nicholas and Eugene Jackson.

    Here is a video clip from Chic's performance of "My Forbidden Lover" on BBC's Top of the Pops in December 1979.


    Real People (1980)
    TRACKS:   Open Up     Real People     I Loved You More     I Got Protection     Rebels are We     Chip off the Old Block     You Can't Do it Alone
    The "Real People" album is ranked #20 in Rolling Stone Magazine's "50 Coolest Records of All Time".

    "Real People" reached #79 Pop in the USA, while "Rebels are We" reached #61 Pop and #8 R&B in the USA.

    "Real People, Chic's fifth album, pales by comparison [to Diana Ross' 1980 album 'diana']. Neither Alfa Anderson nor Luci Martin can match Ross' buoyancy, and there isn't a single cut as compelling as last summer's 'Good Times.' Still, Real People has its highlights. 'Open Up,' an instrumental, sets a Gershwin-like orchestral fragment to the same stop-start format that runs through Diana. 'Rebels Are We' is typically tongue in Chic, with its syntactic inversion of the title phrase intoned by a chorus that sounds about as rebellious as a bunch of mannequins. Generally, however, the group's blasé irony has turned rancid. 'I Got Protection,' which compares love to VD, and '26,' a sendup of the Bo Derek rating system, manage to be snide without being catchy."
             - Stephen Holden, Rolling Stone Magazine (1980)


    Take it Off (1981)
    TRACKS:   Stage Fright     Burn Hard     So Fine     Flash Back     Telling Lies     Your Love is Cancelled     Would You Be My Baby     Take it Off     Just Out of Reach     Baby Doll
    "The sole criticism which could be levied against Chic's 'Real People' last year is that it wasn't adventurous enough: Chic seemed rutted in its instantly-identifiable sound. Here, though, the group takes some chances. Several of the cuts have a harder instrumental edge, leaning more toward rock than r&b at times. (That aspect of the music is reflected in the cover illustration and lettering which makes this look like a B-52's album). Songs like 'So Fine' and 'Just Out Of Reach' are looser and more expansive than Chic's usual ultra-tight approach. And 'Baby Doll,' the closing track, is a hot instrumental with a tenor sax solo worthy of Jr. Walker. Now if only rock stations will ease up on their restrictive programming, this can get the across-the-board exposure it deserves. Best cuts: Those cited plus 'Your Love Is Cancelled.'"
             - Billboard Magazine (the week ending November 28, 1981)

    "...Take It Off is stripped-down Chic: no strings, and the occasional horns are lean and more up front. The strongest dance numbers lead off the album. 'Stage Fright' is the latest development of the famous Chic stutter dynamics, BERNARD EDWARDS... [lets] his fingers do the walking and your rhythm imagination the rest... TONY THOMPSON's drumming is rock solid but full of little slippery surprises. LUCI MARTIN and ALFA ANDERSON are at the top of their voices, delivering with precision, enunciating on the beat, harmonizing with a perfect hard-edged interval... 'Flash Back' is a wonderful dub ballad most sensitively and soulfully sung by Bernard over a spare track that's mainly his perfect lovequake bass, with some very grand piano touches and a lovely soul powered Luci and Alfa chorus... 'Your Love Is Cancelled' is bopping, stop-start-stop-pop... It's a Chic version of bubble gum... 'Would You Be My Baby' is a great ladies' torch tune, sexy, teased and teasing... 'Take It Off' is a modified disco beat stomp, more straight ahead than the usual Chic dance tune arrangement: wise and word-wise, getting directly to the point... this tune has superior horn lines, here stripped down sections of funk punctuation... 'Baby Doll' is a cool, sophisticated soul bop anthem instrumental.... And while they do what they're best known for superbly, that is, make dance music that's highly contagious, Chic takes this opportunity to show that they do everything else as well. They rock, they bop, they do the jazz and the funky Chic one, they make jungle music for Park Avenue and cool jazz for the jungle and everything good in between. A winner and still champ."
             - Glenn O'Brien, Interview Magazine (February 1982): page 72


    For 1982's film "Soup for One", Chic contributed several songs for the soundtrack, including "Soup for One" and "Tavern on the Green". The Nile-produced "Why" by Carly Simon is also included. The "Soup for One" soundtrack was released by Mirage in June 1982 and reached a chart position of #168 in the United States. Chic's "I Want Your Love" and Sister Sledge's "Let's Go on Vacation" are on the soundtrack, too.
    Tongue in Chic (1982)
    TRACKS:   Hangin'     I Feel Your Love Comin' On     When You Love Someone     Chic (Everybody Say)     Hey Fool     Sharing Love     City Lights
    "Chic's latest is far short of past creative and commercial peaks. Problem may lie with the apparent reluctance of Rodgers and Edwards to showcase the talents of vocalists Alfa Anderson and Luci Martin, except on 'Hey Fool,' a catchy, melodic tune that's the best cut on display, and 'When You Love Someone,' a mellow ballad. Instrumentation is faultless, of course, but the spark is missing, even on the first single, 'Hangin.' The Chic reputation will probably ensure reasonable sales activity, however."
             - Billboard Magazine (the week ending November 27, 1982)

    Here is a clip from the video for "Hangin'".


    Believer (1983)
    TRACKS:   Believer     You are Beautiful     Take a Closer Look     Give Me the Lovin'     You Got Some Love for Me     In Love with Music     Party Everybody     Show Me Your Light
    This album is criticized for its overuse of synth-keyboards and drum machines, instead of its previous winning formula of sticking to real instruments. It did not result in any hits. This was the last Chic album to feature Luci and Alfa, and Chic broke up in 1985.

    "Now that Chic's Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards are working day jobs -- cutting first-rate solo LPs and producing other artists -- their contributions to the mother ship are beginning to falter. Try as we may, it's hard to believe in as average a record as Believer (Atlantic) -- or in the band's long-term future..."
             - Playboy (April 1984): page 31

    "You are Beautiful" is included as track number 9 on the multi-artist compilation album Funky Collector Volume 2.


    Chic-ism (1992)
    TRACKS:   Chic Mystique     Your Love     Jusagroove     Something You Can Feel     One And Only One     Doin' That Thing To Me     Chicism     In It To Win It     My Love's For Real     Take My Love     High     M.M.F.T.C.F.     Chic Mystique (Reprise)
    Released March 1992 on the Warner label, this was not a high-selling album, and despite its quality it was ignored by most American radio stations. In place of Luci and Alfa are female vocalists Sylver Logan Sharp and Jenn Thomas. "Chic Mystique" reached number one on the Billboard Dance Chart in the USA in 1992.

    "Nine years after their breakup, and with two new singers, Rodgers and Edwards aim to re-create the magic on Chic-ism, and nearly succeed. A few tacked-on raps are superfluous, and the title track is a throwaway bit of grandstanding. But songs like the elegant club hit 'Chic Mystique' revive the nightlife vibe -- complete with real live orchestration -- and make it funkier for the '90s."
             - David Browne, Entertainment Weekly (1992)

    "...a luscious mix of sophisticated soul and haunting street beats... an irresistable, eclectic sound..."
             - Rolling Stone (March 19, 1992): page 89

    "...refreshingly sophisticated... musically complete... ballads better than Whitney, house hipper than C&C Music Factory, and funk fatter than the Brand New Heavies..."
             - Spin (May 1992): page 80

    "...sounds like they never went away at all..."
             - Q Magazine (April 1992): page 72

    "It's as if the good times never left, as founding fathers Edwards and Rodgers (with new female vocalists Sylver Logan Sharp and Jenn Thomas in tow) assert some retrofunkification on reunion set. Grooves may sound anachronistic to some, but those who recall the late-'70s/early-'80s hits of the original Chic alignment will probably eat it up. Self-mythologizing 'Chic Mystique' and ballad 'My Love's For Real' stand out in the pack."
             - Billboard Magazine (week ending March 14, 1992)


    The 1996 Japanese album "Chic Freak and More Treats" was Bernard Edwards' last studio album with Chic. It features new house versions of several songs that Bernard and his partner Nile had created over the years, including "Dance Dance Dance" (Chic) "Le Freak" (Chic), "I Want Your Love" (Chic), "Good Times" (Chic), "Let's Dance" (David Bowie), "We Are Family" (Sister Sledge), "He's the Greatest Dancer" (Sister Sledge), and "Upside Down" (Diana Ross). But other artists filled in for Diana, David, and the Sledge sisters on these remakes. While Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards performed on the album, a house drumbeat exists instead of the illustrious human drummer Tommy Thompson. The "Chic Freak and More Treats" album contained the new slow message song "Just One World".
    In early 2001 at venues in New York and Nevada, Nile Rodgers performed Chic's many songs along with bass player Jerry Barnes, two drummers (one being Omar Hakim), two keyboardists (one being Merline Nelson), two horn players, and lead singers Sylver Logan Sharp and Audra Lomax. They have a good thing going on and crowds love them. At a concert at B.B. King's Blues Club in New York City on February 16, 2001, Nile said that a new Chic album would be released in 2001, but this got delayed, and the new expected release date is during or soon after April 2006, with release to come first in Japan. In July 2003 Chic was in Stockholm, Sweden and recorded some material in ABBA's former studio Polar. The new album will have 10 new songs, including a reworking of "Everybody Dance".
    The untypical Chic hip-hop song "Let's Bounce" featuring Erick Sermon plays at the end of the movie "Rush Hour 2", which was released in 2001.
    Chic's "I'll Be There" was released as a single on March 20, 2015 and is slated to appear on the forthcoming album "It's About Time". The song samples an unreleased version of Sister Sledge's "Got to Love Somebody" but adds brand new vocals and other characteristics.
    Nile Rodgers of Chic played guitar on the disco track "Sensitivity" by Shapeshifters, released in March 2006. It is partly based on the unreleased Johnny Mathis song "Love and be Loved", which was written by the Chic Organisation.

    Chic Compilations:

  • The Very Best of Chic
  • The Best of Chic, Volume 1: Dance, Dance, Dance
  • The Best of Chic, Volume 2
  • The Very Best of Chic and Remix
  • Ultimate Chic
  • Nile Rodgers presents The Chic Organization: Boxset Volume 1: Savoir Faire - includes classics like Chic's "Good Times", "Savoir Faire", "Chic Cheer", "Stage Fright", "Everybody Dance", "Rebels Are We", "Soup for One", Sister Sledge's "He's the Greatest Dancer", Norma Jean Wright's "Sorcerer", Sheila and B. Devotion's "Spacer", and many more, plus the previously unreleased tracks "Just Call Me" by Chic, "I Want to Fall in Love", "It's Alright to Love Me", and "Something to Sing About" by Johnny Mathis, and "I'll Change My Game" by Fonzi Thornton featuring Chic. Previews of all tracks, and you can order it here from Juno Records in the UK.

    Covers of Chic Songs:

  • "Dance, Dance, Dance" by Irwin the Disco Duck
  • "I Wanna Dance" by Jo Bisso (1978) includes a partial (6 second) cover of "Everybody Dance" as the 6th song in their medley
  • "Everybody Dance" by Players Association (1979)
  • "Mi Amor Prohibido (My Forbidden Lover)" by Charanga 76 (1979) - Spanish version
  • "Como Vamos A Gozar (Good Times)" by Charanga 76 (1979) - Spanish version
  • "Le Freak" by Maskin Sound (1979)
  • "Le Freak" by Roberto Delgado (1979)
  • "Le Freak" by Helen Gamboa (1979)
  • "Intro-Disco" by Discotheque (1979) includes a partial (14 second) cover of "I Want Your Love" as the 7th song in their medley
  • "Good Times" by James Last (1979)
  • "Good Times" by Risco Connection (1979) - reggae-flavored version with extra lyrics
  • "I Want Your Love (Original Mix)" by Norma White and Brentford Disco Set (1979) - reggae version
  • "Pokochaj Mnie" by Ewa Kuklińska (1980) - Polish disco cover of "I Want Your Love"
  • "A Wild and Crazzy Song" by Fenderella (1980) - rap song that has a section covering "Chic Cheer" and another covering "My Feet Keep Dancing"
  • "At Last I Am Free" by Robert Wyatt (1980)
  • "Le Freak" by Jacki Sorensen's Aerobic Dancing (1980)
  • "Le Freak" by Brotherhood of Man (1981) - electro-disco
  • "Ain't No Stopping" by Enigma (1981) includes a partial (25 second) cover of "Le Freak" as the 2nd song in their medley
  • "Good Times Medley (Funkercise)" a.k.a. "Funkercise (The Chic Medley)" by Enigma (1981) includes partial covers of the following Chic songs: "Good Times" (48 seconds), "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)" (39 seconds), "Everybody Dance" (16 seconds), "Le Freak" (15 seconds), "My Forbidden Lover" (39 seconds), and "My Feet Keep Dancing" (19 seconds)
  • "Move Your Body" medley by Stars on 45 includes a partial cover of "Le Freak"
  • "Good Times" (1981, 12" promo from Sam Records) - electro-disco cover and remix of "Good Times" with extra vocals including "here today, groove away, feel the beat, it's so neat, hit the town, party down, where it's at, laid back" and admixture of "Funkin' for Jamaica"
  • "Meddley CHIC" by Cercle of New York (1984) - medley of covers of "Le Freak", "Dance, Dance, Dance", "Rebels Are We", "You Are Beautiful", "Stage Fright", "Believer", "Good Times"
  • "Le Freak" by Zette (1987) - punk-rock version
  • "Le Freak - C'est Chic" by Arabella (1987)
  • "I Want Your Love" by Paul Rutherford (1989)
  • "Hangin'" by Andrew Ridgely (1990)
  • "Freak" by Corn Dollies (1990) - version of "Le Freak"
  • "I Want Your Love" by Sister Sledge (1992) - house version
  • "Good Times" by Sister Sledge (1992) - house version
  • "Everybody Dance" by RuPaul (1993) - electronic dance version
  • "Everybody Dance" by Evolution (1993) - electronic dance version
  • "Everybody Dance (Live)" by Sister Sledge (1995)
  • "I Want Your Love/Dance With Me" by Spectrum featuring Felicia Sorensen (1995)
  • "Good Times" by Blaxone (AK Swift and Franca Morgano) (1996)
  • "Good Times" by Zhané (1997)
  • "Freak Out" by Nutta Butta featuring Teddy Riley and Anonymous (1998) - rap-inflected version of "Le Freak"
  • "I Want Your Love" by Roger Sanchez featuring Twilight (1998) - house remix
  • "Everybody Dance" by X-Rated (1999) - filter-disco
  • "Dance Dance Dance" by Party Tyme Karaoke (1999)
  • "My Forbidden Lover" by Romina Johnson with Luci Martin and Norma Jean Wright (2000)
  • "Everybody Dance" by Hakan Libdo featuring Jasmine (2000) - techno version
  • "I Want Your Love" by Envers Du Plan/Matt Fisher/Jesse Kegan (2000) - mellow jazzy version
  • "Warm Summer Night" by The Isley Brothers (2001) - with extra lyrics
  • "Dance, Dance, Dance" by James Last (2002) - techno version
  • "Le Freak" by Wackside featuring Chic (2003) - disco-house/electro-house remix
  • "At Last I Am Free" by Elizabeth Fraser (2003) - influenced by the Robert Wyatt version
  • "Y.A.B." by Verheyen and Vanvaeck (2004) - cover of "You Are Beautiful"
  • "At Last I Am Free" by Laetitia Sadler (2005)
  • "Le Freak" by GTS featuring Norma Jean and Luci M (2005) - house remix with some new vocals
  • "I Want Your Love" by Jody Watley (2006) - electronic dance version
  • "I Want Your Love" by Ali Love (2007)
  • "I Want Your Love" by Quentin Elias (2010)
  • "Durma" by Aygen Bilge (2010) - Turkish version of "Le Freak"

    Chic-Influenced Songs:

  • "Rapper's Delight" by Sugarhill Gang (1979) - rap song with a bassline based on "Good Times"
  • "Bounce, Rock, Skate, and Roll" by Vaughan Mason and Crew (1979) - bassline and background melody partly based on "Good Times"
  • "Rappin' With Mr. Magic" by Mr. Magic (1979) - rap song with a bassline based on "Good Times" by way of sampling "Bounce, Rock, Skate, and Roll"
  • "S.A.M." by Sam Brothers Five featuring Daddy Good Rockin' Sam (1979) - bassline based on "Le Freak"
  • "Manhattan Fever" by Roundtree (1979) - disco song that samples the bassline of "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)" and recreates its rhythm guitar patterns
  • "Rhapazooty In Blue" by Sicle Cell and Rhapazooty (1979) - rap song that samples "Good Times"
  • "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen (1980) - rock-disco song with riffs based on "Good Times"
  • "Monster Jam" by Spoonie Jam meets the Sequence (1980) - rap song with riffs based on "Good Times"
  • "Boutique" by Ewa Kuklińska (1980) - Polish funky electro-disco song based on "Le Freak"
  • "In the Good Times" by Defunkt (1980) - funk song that copies the bassline of "Good Times"
  • "Jive Time" by I-Roy a.k.a. Roy Reid (1980) - samples "Good Times"
  • "The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel" by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five (1981) - rap song that excerpts from "Good Times" as well as Queen's Chic-influenced "Another One Bites the Dust" and two other songs
  • "Wikka Rap" by the Evasions (1981) - rap song with a brief disco section that copies or samples the bassline and some of the lyrics and lyrical style of "Good Times"
  • "Feel the Beat (C'est Si Bon...)" by C.H.A.D. featuring G.G. Gibson (1981) - English and French song with portions of the bassline similar to "My Forbidden Lover"
  • "Wildstyle" by Timezone feat. Afrika Bambaata (1983) - samples "Good Times"
  • "SuperGood" by Club House (1983) - samples "Good Times" mixed with Stevie Wonder's "Superstition"
  • "Dance" by Earth People (1990) - house song that samples "Dance, Dance, Dance"
  • "Doowutchyalike" by Digital Underground (1990) - samples "Good Times"
  • "Show Me How to Dance" by Bingo Boys featuring Princessa (1991) - electro-dance/rap hybrid song that briefly samples vocals from "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)"
  • "A Rollerskating Jam Named Saturday" by De La Soul (1991) - rap song that samples "Good Times" as well as several other songs
  • "The House the Dog Built" by Jibri (1991) - rap song that samples "Good Times"
  • "Everything's Gonna Be Alright" by Father MC (1992) - samples "Good Times"
  • "13 and Good" by Boogie Down Productions (1992) - samples "Good Times"
  • "Let's Get Down" by Aquarius (1993) - samples "I Want Your Love"
  • "Hustlers Dance" by Hustlers Convention (1993) - disco-house song that samples vocals from "Dance, Dance, Dance"
  • "Happy Just To Be With You" by Michelle Gayle (1995) - R&B song that samples "Good Times"
  • "Grand Larceny" by The Beat Criminals (1997) - house song that samples "Le Freak"
  • "Need Your Love" by Big Bub featuring Queen Latifah and Heavy D (1997) - R&B/rap hybrid song that samples "I Want Your Love"
  • "Made It Back" by Beverley Knight (1998) - hip-hop song that samples "So Fine"
  • "Love Like This" by Faith Evans (1998) - samples "Chic Cheer"
  • "Will You Be Free?" by Ron Smith (1998) - samples "Warm Summer Night"
  • "Deep Love" (2nd Vocal Version) by Island Groove featuring Keith Thompson (1998) - house song that samples "My Forbidden Lover"
  • "Freestyle Over Chic 'Good Times'" by Busy Bee (1998) - rap song sung over "Good Times"
  • "Superstar" by Navigators (1999) - uses instrumental elements from "I Want Your Love"
  • "Let's Get Down" by Spacedust (1999) - house song that samples "I Want Your Love"
  • "What You Gonna Do Baby" by Funk Legacy (1999) - techno song that samples "Chip off the Old Block"
  • "Be Faithful" by Fatman Scoop featuring Crooklyn Clan (1999) - hip-hop song that samples "Chic Cheer" indirectly via Faith Evans' "Love Like This"
  • "Sunshine and Happiness" by Nerios Dubwork featuring Darryl Pandy (1999) - house song that samples "My Forbidden Lover"
  • "Electronet" by Funk Legacy - techno song that samples "My Forbidden Lover"
  • "How Long" by Full Intention (2000) - dance song that samples "Dance, Dance, Dance"
  • "Mr. Devil" by Big Time Charlie (2000) - samples "My Forbidden Lover"
  • "Do You Know" by Rhythm Section featuring Donald O (2000) - house song with a bassline based on "My Forbidden Lover" by way of sampling "Feel the Beat (C'est Si Bon...)" by C.H.A.D. featuring G.G. Gibson
  • "Body Dance" by DJ Pierre with Queen Mary (2000) - dance song that samples "My Forbidden Lover"
  • "Good Time" by Fafa Monteco (2000) - house song that samples "(Funny) Bone"
  • "Clap Your Hands" by DJ Pierre a.k.a. The Don (2000) - house song that samples "Everybody Dance"
  • "I Swear Ta God" by Poor Righteous Teachers (2000) - samples "Le Freak"
  • "Lady (Hear Me Tonight)" by Modjo (2000) - house song that samples "Soup for One"
  • "Chillin'" by Modjo (2001) - house song that samples "Le Freak"
  • "Jus 1 Kiss" by Basement Jaxx (2001) - house song that samples "You Can't Do It Alone"
  • "Sexual Guarantee" by Alcazar (2001) - disco song that samples "My Forbidden Lover"
  • "Shame" by Filur (2001) - house song that is inspired by "My Forbidden Lover"
  • "It's in the Music" by Now Warm (2001) - samples "My Forbidden Lover"
  • "I Can't Kick That Feeling When It Hits" by Moodymann - techno song that samples "I Want Your Love"
  • "No More Drama (Remix with P. Diddy)" by Mary J. Blige (2002) - samples "Just Out of Reach"
  • "Full Moon (Rascal Extended Mix)" and "Full Moon (Rascal Dub)" and "Full Moon (Damien Mendis Remix)" by Brandy (2002) - disco/R&B song that uses instrumentation from "I Want Your Love"
  • "Gotta be JB" by Jocelyn Brown and the Significant Others (2002) - house song that samples "Chip off the Old Block"
  • "Santiago" by Reza pres. Santiago Soul (2002) - house song that samples "Sao Paulo"
  • "Se tu mi vuoi" by Mariadele (2002) - Italian song that samples "I Want Your Love" on the single version but not the album version
  • "Chega Mais" by Banda Rod Hanna (2002) - Portuguese electro-disco studio-recorded song on their album "2070" that samples bass and guitar riffs from "Le Freak"
  • "Soulreply" by Stylophonic (2003) - house song that samples "Sometimes You Win"
  • "Dancefloor Docusoap" by Alcazar (2003) - disco song that samples "I Want Your Love"
  • "I Go Shopping" by Alcazar (2003) - pop song that samples "What About Me"
  • "Get It While It's Hot" by Nodesha (2003) - samples "I Want Your Love"
  • "LSD/Love, Sex, and Dynamite" by Chester Beatty and DJ Shuffleman (2003) - house song that samples "I Want Your Love"
  • "Body Hot" by Joe Budden (2004) - hip-hop song that samples "Good Times"
  • "Top of the World Pt. 2" by Common Difference (2004) - rap song that samples "Savoir Faire"
  • "Dance 2 Da Musik" by Eddie Matos (2004) - house song that samples "Savoir Faire"
  • "Just a Moment" by Nas featuring Quan (2004) - rap song that samples "Will You Cry"
  • "I Won't Let You Get Me Down" by DJ Farouche vs. Le CHIC (2006) - house song that samples "Le Freak"
  • "Shine" by Luther Vandross (2006) - R&B song that samples "My Forbidden Lover"
  • "Shine" by Booty Luv (2007) - electronic dance song that samples "My Forbidden Lover"

    Books about Chic:

  • Chic: Everybody Dance: Chic and the Politics of Disco by Daryl Easlea, paperback, ISBN 1900924560, published by Helter Skelter Publishing, Oct. 2004 - This book puts the rise and fall of Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers, the emblematic disco duo behind era-defining records like "Le Freak", "Good Times," and "Lost in Music," at the heart of a changing landscape, taking in sociopolitical and cultural events such as the Civil Rights struggle, the Black Panthers, and the U.S. oil crisis. There are drugs, bankruptcy, uptight artists, fights, and Muppets but, most importantly, an in-depth appraisal of a group whose legacy remains hugely underrated.


    HOW TO ORDER YOUR FAVORITE CHIC SONGS

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    Real People Amazon.com iTunes
    Tongue in Chic Amazon.com iTunes
    Chic-ism Amazon.com iTunes Barnes and Noble WOW HD Sverige
    The Very Best of Chic Amazon.com Amazon.ca iTunes Barnes and Noble WOW HD Sverige

    MP3 DOWNLOADS:

  • Everybody Dance
  • Strike Up the Band
  • Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)
  • Est-Ce Que C'est Chic
  • Sao Paulo
  • I Want Your Love
  • Le Freak
  • Happy Man
  • Sometimes You Win
  • Savoir Faire
  • At Last I Am Free
  • Good Times
  • My Forbidden Lover
  • What About Me
  • Real People
  • Open Up
  • Chip Off the Old Block

  • Related links:
    Related artists and bands

  • Norma Jean Wright - sang on Chic's debut album
  • Sheila and the Black Devotion - worked with Nile and Bernard
  • Sister Sledge - worked with Nile and Bernard
  • Diana Ross - worked with Nile and Bernard
  • Deborah Harry - worked with Nile and Bernard
  • Power Station - worked with Nile and Bernard

    Other Chic, Nile, and Bernard sites

  • Sumthing Distribution: Nile Rodgers Musical Biography
  • Nile Rodgers and Chic's Musical Timelines
  • The First Ladies of Chic - Norma Jean Wright and Luci Martin
  • Chic Tribute
  • Chic Tribute: Chic News
  • Chic Tribute: Chic History
  • Chic Tribute: Forum - discuss Chic's music with other fans
  • C'est Chic: Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers - in French
  • Fiebre en la Ciudad: Biografia Chic - in Spanish
  • 105Classics: Chic - in Italian
  • Wilson and Alroy's Record Reviews: Reviews of Chic albums
  • DiscoMuseum: Chic
  • Dance70: Chic
  • Ed Dolista's Disco Profiles: Chic
  • Disco Funk: Chic
  • SoulTracks: Chic
  • Chic: Introduction and Picks
  • The Nile and Bernard Tribute Page at Disco Inferno
  • Liner Notes to "The Very Best of Chic"
  • Randy's Rodeo: Chic
  • And We Danced: Chic
  • Deep Groove Encyclopedia: Chic
  • Freqüência Disco Dance: The Best of Chic

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