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Nile Rodgers: Sophisticated Funk

Interview by Gene Santoro, Downbeat, September 1985

IN FUNKLAND there are many traditions, only two of which need concern us right now. The first comprises guitarists who could be described as Rhythm ...

Sister Sledge: Sisters In Soul

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, 25 March 1980

Just a year or so back, the sisters Sledge were considering going their separate ways. Happily, 1979 was a fantastic year for the girls and ...

Chic is less than meets the ear

Interview by Jim Farber, Rolling Stone, 19 April 1979

NEW YORK — The Barnum Room is a disco where any man who dresses like a woman can feel like a star. Even on this ...

Chic: C'est Chic (Atlantic K50565)

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 30 January 1979

THE FIVE piece Chic outfit have become one of disco's hottest properties and their 'Le Freak' hit is just about the most played record around ...

What Is Chic in 2018? It's About Time Gives an Unsatisfactory Answer

Review by Alfred Soto, Spin, 4 October 2018

WEALTHY AND COOL ENOUGH to maintain a reputation on the sweet fragrance of thirty years' worth of fumes, Nile Rodgers nevertheless wanted a new Chic ...

Nile Rodgers: "Alright!"

Interview by Davitt Sigerson, High Fidelity, February 1984

What do Southside Johnny, David Bowie, and Diana Ross have in common? ...

Sister Sledge: Love Somebody Today (Cotillion K506639)****

Review by Dave McCullough, Sounds, 15 March 1980

STRANGE ONES, to be sure, are the disco misfits that emerge from (ahem) the Chic Organisation Ltd, aka plain ole Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers, ...

Chic, D-Train, T-Connection: Palladium, New York NY

Live Review by Richard Grabel, New Musical Express, 24 April 1982

FUNK ALWAYS has its conventions, routines and common signals. The difference between great funk and bad is in how they are applied. Funk needs a ...

Nile Rodgers: The Next, Not the Last

Report and Interview by Alan Light, Savoy Magazine, Fall 2018

Nile Rodgers has long been considered one of the coolest artists on the music scene, and shows no sign of slowing down. Following his victory ...

Chic To Take The Disco Wraps Off Inspired Guitar Work

Profile and Interview by Geoffrey Himes, Baltimore Sun, 6 February 1982

ANYONE WHO still suffers from the delusion that disco was simple, unchallenging music should listen again to Chic's hit single, 'Good Times'. Dig under the ...

DIANA stop DIANA stop DIANA stop DIANA

Report and Interview by Danny Baker, New Musical Express, 20 September 1980

THE DPRESS CONFERENCE versus YOUR POCKET ...

Chic featuring Nile Rodgers: Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, The Times, 25 March 2015

THE RETURN of Chic to public prominence has been one of the more uplifting comeback stories of recent years, particularly as Nile Rodgers, the band's ...

Chic: Risqué (Atlantic K50634)****

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, 11 August 1979

Chic at twice the price ...

Sister Sledge: We Are Family (Cotillion K50587)***

Review by David Hepworth, Sounds, 7 April 1979

THE SNAP on the front may be Janet Reger boudoir and the one on the back corn row ethnic, but such image upgrading doesn't alter ...

Source of the Nile

Interview by Adam Sweeting, The Guardian, 22 August 1986

Funk guitar specialist Nile Rodgers is also one of the world's great producers. Adam Sweeting reports ...

Chic: Take It Off (Atlantic SD 19323)

Review by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, 20 December 1981

CHIC ON A COLD STREAK ...

Nile Rodgers: Man of the Moment

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 4 October 1986

Buddies with Bowie, big pals with Duran, mate of Al Jarreau, is there no-one NILE RODGERS doesn't know? Adam Sweeting charts the changing life and ...

Tony Thompson: It Ain't The Meat, It's The Emotion

Interview by J.D. Considine, Musician, March 1986

The Power, the Glory, and the Groove: Our Man from Chic Hits Hard and Hits Big, from Zep to Power Station to Madonna ...

Chic Gets Its Class Act Together

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 8 February 1981

NEW YORK — Chic's 1978 hit, 'Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah. Yowsah, Yowsah)', was the kind of novelty record that can ruin an act's career. The ...

Diana Ross: Diana (Motown STMA 8033)

Review by Pete Wingfield, Melody Maker, 21 June 1980

WITH THE combined forces of the Chic Organization Ltd on the record, and with all the songs written, arranged, and produced by the Organization's Dynamic ...

Chic: Perfection In Planning

Interview by Robin Katz, Smash Hits, 15 November 1979

Or Wolves in Chics' Clothing? Robin Katz finds out. ...

Chic: Tongue In Chic (Atlantic); Sylvester: All I Need (Megatone)

Review by Laura Fissinger, Creem, April 1983

(IN ORDER to take the following two extension courses, students must have successfully completed Disco 101, centered around this basic precept put forth by Chic ...

Props: Chic

Profile and Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, August 1997

AFTER THE riots, bullets, and civil rights battles of '60s America, the national spirit desperately needed uplifting. Tragic visionaries like Marvin Gaye and Sly Stone ...

Chic: Baltimore

Live Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, June 1982

APPEARANCES CAN be deceiving. As the rest of Chic pumped out the urgent, staccato vamp to 'Stage Fright', Nile Rodgers, Alfa Anderson, Luci Martin and ...

Nile Rodgers of Chic: '80s Funk with 60s Roots

Interview by Gene Santoro, Guitar Player, November 1984

GUITARISTS SINCE Charlie Christian have spent a lot of time and effort trying to play guitar like a horn. Nile Rodgers does it differently; he ...

Chic: Sauce of the Nile

Interview by Stuart Maconie, New Musical Express, 20 February 1992

READ THIS! READ THIS! READ THIS! CHIC, the band who soundtracked 1,001 euphoric late-'70s Saturday nights and gave rock cred to disco music, are back ...

Chic Speak

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 12 August 1980

Chic's Bernard Edwards talks about the frustrations of being underestimated outside of the disco sphere; about the problems of producing the Diana Ross album; and ...

Chic: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Danny Baker, New Musical Express, 20 October 1979

HAVING BEEN present at more disco live shows than any one mortal is entitled to or deserving of, I naturally feared the worst. ...

Nile Rodgers: The Winter Of Our Discotheque

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, The Word, November 2011

Chic's Nile Rodgers recalls the chilling dance-music backlash of 1979 — "the more dominant tribe basically saying, It's time to thin out the herd" ...

Diana Ross: Diana (Motown 8033)

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 17 June 1980

'Upside Down'; 'Tenderness'; 'Friend To Friend'; 'I'm Coming Out'; 'Have Fun (Again)'; 'My Old Piano'; 'Now That You're Gone'; 'Give Up'. ...

Chic: Take It Off (Atlantic)

Review by Robot A. Hull, Creem, March 1982

THE TURNTABLE'S smouldering and the needle's popping. And there it is again: that unmistakable duel between Bernard Edwards' wrist-snapping bass work and Nile Rodgers' guitar ...

Chic: Le Freak Scenes

Interview by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, 14 March 1992

As massive an influence on modern dance as Kraftwerk and James Brown, CHIC have finally come back after years producing records for likes of Madonna ...

Norma Jean: The girl from Chic with that certain something...

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, 7 November 1978

One of the brightest new stars on the horizon is a young lady whose voice has already been heard across the world. As lead singer ...

Chic: The Very Best Of Chic

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, June 2000

Another Chic anthology — why buy? An intelligent sleevenote with participation from Nile Rodgers, full-length album cuts where applicable. La musique elle-meme. ...

Kelis, Grace Jones, Lana Del Rey, Chic, Friendly Fires et al: Lovebox Festival, Victoria Park, London

Live Review by Jude Rogers, The Guardian, 18 June 2012

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Grandmasters of Chic

Interview by Danny Baker, New Musical Express, 22 August 1981

Rodgers & Hart... Rodgers & Hammerstein... Rodgers & Edwards... The new age directors of organised rhyme get a witness in DANNY BAKER. ...

Chic: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Davitt Sigerson, Melody Maker, 27 January 1979

Cheers for Chic ...

Norma Jean Wright: Norma Jean

Sleeve notes by Daryl Easlea, Demon Records, July 2011

NORMA JEAN WRIGHT'S sole album on Bearsville, released in 1978, is something of a curio, and is notable for the fact it was the first ...

Raymond Jones, 1958-2011

Obituary by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, August 2011

ALTHOUGH A NAME that doesn't readily trip off the tongue, most of RC's readers have danced at some point or another to the understated beauty ...

Chic: Bernard Edwards 1952-1996

Obituary by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, 4 May 1996

BERNARD EDWARDS of CHIC died last week. Paul Lester celebrates the life and work of a massively influential musician, producer and songwriter ...

Chic: An Interview with Nile Rodgers

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, July 1979

David Nathan talks to Nile Rodgers, co-founder of the fabulously successful Chic, whose new album is being tipped as another world-beater. ...

Chic: Up Chic Creek

Interview by Danny Baker, New Musical Express, 27 January 1979

THERE WERE so many good singles last year that when it came to deciding what I thought were the best 45s to show out, I ...

Chic: How Chic's Bootlegged Single Became A Disco Smash…

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, 6 June 1978

REGARDLESS of whether you happen to be one of the many millions of people who now frequent discos on what has become a vast international ...

Norma Jean Wright: Norma Jean

Review by Paul Lester, Uncut, December 2000

FIRST RELEASE on CD for Chic-album-in-all-but-name from 1978 ...

Chic: A Day In The Life Of Chic

Report and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, 16 January 1979

So what actually happens when you have the No. 1 pop, r&b and disco record in the nation? How does an average day transpire and ...

Chic: Believer (Atlantic Records) *½

Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, 1984

ANYONE FOR aural necrophilia? Like all dead boring musical activities, there is little mutual satisfaction to be gained here. ...

Chic: Est-ce que c'est Chic

Interview by Davitt Sigerson, Melody Maker, 3 February 1979

Yes, it is. For behind Chic's rags-to-Regine's success lies an understanding of style as cool as their musical intelligence. ...

Chic: They're Still Family

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 5 April 1992

AFTER AN 8-year layoff, Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards relaunch their group Chic but worry that their soulful sound may be dated. Can the architects ...

Tony Thompson

Obituary by Daryl Easlea, The Guardian, 15 November 2003

TONY THOMPSON, WHO has died of cancer aged 48, was among the finest of all pop/rock drummers. Although his name is frequently absent from the ...

The Real Chic

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, December 1981

TEAR A STRIP off the sucker. Suddenly everybody's selfconsciously diving for the dancefloor. Most groups have got their 'funky number', even if they're not funky. ...

Chic: Take It Off

Review by Glenn O'Brien, Interview, February 1982

IT'S BEEN ABOUT a year since the last CHIC album. Since then, half of the dance bag bands, in the world have come to resemble ...

Chic: C'est Chic

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, 9 December 1978

DISCO, THE People's Music, is the modern blues: the truest expression of a generation's thoughts, bitter sweetness with a backbeat. The old blues celebrated the ...

Bernard Edwards, 1952-1996

Obituary by Geoffrey Himes, Rolling Stone, 13 June 1996

BACK IN THE DISCO era, when most records went thump-thump-thump, the music produced by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers went bumpity-bip-bop, bing-bang-boom. ...

The Art of Being Chic

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, 9 October 1979

On the eve of their departure for their British concert dates, David Nathan talked to Chic about the chemistry that makes up their hit sound ...

Chic: Risque (Atlantic)

Review by Robot A. Hull, Creem, December 1979

THERE'S ONLY one alternative to being stylish, and that's being trashy. Consider fascist Steve Dahl touring the country with his anti-disco army, a slow funeral ...

Chic: These Are The Good Times

Retrospective and Interview by Daryl Easlea, Mojo Collections, Fall 2001

THINK CHIC, think chic – a passport back to Studio 54, 70s hedonism; good times, guaranteed to bring gravity to the flapping flares and mirrorball-twirling ...

Chic: Risqué

Review by Danny Baker, New Musical Express, 4 August 1979

THIS TIME I really feel entitled to smile. ...

Back to Bass: Bernard Edwards

Interview by Don Snowden, Bass Player, 29 April 1991

"I THINK 'GOOD TIMES' is the song we're remembered most for," said Bernard Edwards of the reunited Chic. "We were a commercial band and a ...

Bernard Edwards, 1952-1996

Obituary by Carol Cooper, The Village Voice, 7 May 1996

Bernard Edwards, Tony Thompson, and Nile Rodgers were in Tokyo for the latest in a recent series of reunion concerts when Rodgers discovered his friend ...

The Return of Chic

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 24 April 1992

THE COMMERCIAL savvy which made Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards hit pop producers for 15 years nearly derailed their Chic reunion. ...

Chic: Hammersmith Odeon, October 1979

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, unpublished, 1998

SO FEW AND FAR between are the live performances that have made any real impression on me that they stick out in the memory like ...

Your Booty, My 12-Inch: Disco Revisited

Guide by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, October 1998

YOWSAH, YOWSAH, YOWSAH. Twenty years after the dizzy heights of Discomania, the monster is back in our midst – in movies like Paul Thomas Anderson’s ...

Nile Rodgers: Brother, Can You Spare a Riff?

Interview by Paul Rambali, The Face, September 1984

THE CHIC SOUND – unique, polished, assertive – was the Motown of the '70s, synonymous with the rising aspirations of black America. It was to ...

see also New York City

see also Nile Rodgers

see also Sister Sledge

see also Norma Jean Wright

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