Remember those beautifully smooth disco songs from way back in the seventies? Chances are some of the tracks that you danced to back then were written and performed by the band Chic and its founding member Nile Rodgers.
By the late seventies Chic had developed a sound which was extremely popular with the working class folk who ventured into the city on a Friday night looking to spend their hard-earned money and release some pent up steam. Although Chic music would have been just as at home on a turntable at a middle class hotel function or, for that matter, on board a rich man’s yacht as the jet setting elite boogied on down to the beats of Chic.
By the early eighties Nile Rodgers was working alongside David Bowie who asked the American musician and producer to do what he did best and give Bowie some hits. Niles’ duly obliged with the hit song, ‘Let’s Dance,’ turning Bowie’s unfinished and poorly-crafted effort into the highly accomplished and well-polished winner that went thundering up the charts.
Before the eighties Chic had had hit after hit and were something of an institution on the dance floors of the world. Hits like, ‘Le Freak’, ‘I Want Your Love’. ‘Everybody Dance’ and ‘My Forbidden Lover’, all sold millions and made the band a fortune.
If you were a fan of Chic back then, you’ll be pleased to learn that this legendary band has quite a busy tour schedule impending in Britain, which naturally includes coming to London. You can see Chic in London July 27 at Indig02, a smaller entertainment venue next to the O2 Arena.
“Ain’t no party like a disco party,” Nile Rodgers once said. And Chic’s gig in London this July certainly promises to be a great party.