Tag: Chic

Wednesday 11/30/22 9pm ET: Feature LP: Chic – Take It Off (1981)

Take It Off is the fifth studio album by American R&B band Chic, released on Atlantic Records in November 16, 1981. It includes the single “Stage Fright”, which reached number 35 on the US R&B chart, but was the first Chic single failing to enter the US Pop charts, and this album only proved to be moderately successful as well, stalling at number 124 on the US albums chart and number 36 on the R&B chart.

Take It Off was one of three albums written and produced by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers in 1981, the other two being Blondie lead singer Debbie Harry’s debut solo album Koo Koo and Johnny Mathis’ I Love My Lady.

“Stage Fright” 3:55
“Burn Hard” 5:12
“So Fine” 4:10
“Flash Back” 4:28
“Telling Lies” 2:28
“Your Love Is Cancelled” 4:12
“Would You Be My Baby” 3:34
“Take It Off” 5:12
“Just Out of Reach” 3:45
“Baby Doll” 3:10

Luci Martin – lead vocals (A1, A2, A5, B3)
Alfa Anderson – lead vocals (B2, B4)
Jocelyn Brown – vocals
Michelle Cobbs – vocals
Fonzi Thornton – vocals
Nile Rodgers – guitar; lead vocals (B1)
Raymond Jones – keyboards
Rob Sabino – keyboards
Bernard Edwards – bass guitar; lead vocals (A4, B3, B4)
Tony Thompson – drums
Manolo Badrena – percussion
Sammy Figueroa – percussion
Roger Squitero – percussion
Michael Brecker – saxophone
Ronnie Cuber – saxophone
Lenny Pickett – saxophone
Vinny Della Rocca – saxophone
Randy Brecker – trumpet, flugelhorn
Ray Maldonado – trumpet, flugelhorn

Sunday 12/27/20 2am ET: Feature LP: Chic – Risqué (1979)

Risqué is the third studio album by American disco band Chic, released on Atlantic Records on July 30, 1979. One of the records that defined the disco era, the album became highly influential not only within the movement, but also in other styles such as hip hop, art rock and new wave. In 2020, Rolling Stone ranked the album at number 414 on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

1. “Good Times” 8:08
2. “A Warm Summer Night” 6:10
3. “My Feet Keep Dancing” 6:38
4. “My Forbidden Lover” 4:39
5. “Can’t Stand to Love You” 2:56
6. “Will You Cry (When You Hear This Song)” 4:06
7. “What About Me?” 4:09

 

Wednesday 2pm ET: Feature Artist – Chic

Chic, currently called Nile Rodgers & Chic, is an American band that was organized during 1976 by guitarist Nile Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards. It recorded many commercially successful disco songs, including “Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)” (1977), “Everybody Dance” (1977), “Le Freak” (1978), “I Want Your Love” (1978), “Good Times” (1979), and “My Forbidden Lover” (1979). The group regarded themselves as a rock band for the disco movement “that made good on hippie peace, love and freedom”. In 2017, Chic was nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the eleventh time.

At the same time, Edwards and Rodgers composed, arranged, performed, and produced many influential disco and R&B records for various artists, including Sister Sledge’s albums We Are Family (1979) and Love Somebody Today (1980); Sheila and B. Devotion’s “Spacer”; Diana Ross’s 1980 album Diana, which included the successful singles “Upside Down”, “I’m Coming Out” and “My Old Piano”; Carly Simon’s “Why” (from 1982 soundtrack Soup for One); and Debbie Harry’s debut solo album KooKoo (1981). An album recorded with Johnny Mathis was rejected by his label and remains unreleased.

Chic also introduced a young session vocalist, Luther Vandross, who sang on Chic’s early albums.

Nile Gregory Rodgers Jr. (born September 19, 1952) is an American record producer, songwriter, musician, composer, arranger and guitarist. The co-founder of Chic, he has written, produced, and performed on records that have cumulatively sold more than 500 million albums and 75 million singles worldwide. He is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a three-time Grammy Award-winner, and the chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Known for his “chucking” guitar style, Rolling Stone wrote in 2014 that “the full scope of Nile Rodgers’ career is still hard to fathom.”

Formed as the Big Apple Band in 1970 with bassist Bernard Edwards, Chic released their self-titled debut album in 1977. It included the hit singles “Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)” and “Everybody Dance”. The 1978 album C’est Chic produced the hits “I Want Your Love” and “Le Freak”, with the latter selling more than 7 million singles worldwide. The song “Good Times” from the 1979 album Risqué was a number one single on the pop and soul charts, and became one of the most-sampled songs of all time, “ushering in” hip-hop via The Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight”, inspiring Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust”, and anchoring the Daft Punk hit “Around the World”.

Bernard Edwards (October 31, 1952 – April 18, 1996) was an American bass player, singer, songwriter and record producer, known primarily for his work in disco music with guitarist Nile Rodgers, with whom he co-founded Chic. In 2017, Edwards was selected as the 53rd greatest bassist of all time by Bass Player magazine.

In 1996 Nile Rodgers was named Japan Tobacco Super Producer of the Year in Japan, and was invited to perform there with Chic in April of that year. Just before the concert at the Budokan Arena in Tokyo, Edwards fell ill, but despite Rodgers’ insistence, refused to cancel the gig. He managed to perform but had to be helped at times. At one point, Edwards blacked out for a few seconds before resuming his playing. Rodgers assumed the absence of bass was a deliberate improvisation and did not learn the truth until after the show. After the concert, Nile went to check on Bernard and asked how he was doing, to which he replied “I’m fine, I just need to rest.” This was the last time Nile spoke to Bernard. Edwards retired to his hotel room where he was later found dead by Rodgers. The medical examiner determined the cause of death was pneumonia. Edwards’ final performance was issued in 1996 as the album Live at the Budokan.

 

Wednesday 2pm: Sounds of The 70’s

This week we feature music from; Beach Boys, Tavares, Olivia Newton-john, Electric Light Orchestra, Tubes, Elton John, Dan Hartman, Police, Eagles, Hot, Dire Straits, Badfinger, Cat Stevens, Boston, Chic, Bad Company and more . . .