Published on November 25th, 2013 | by seenheard0
Boomtick pres. Chic and Nile Rodgers
There can be little argument CHIC was, and is, discos greatest band.
Working in a heavily producer-dominated field, they were most definitely ‘a band’. By the time CHIC appeared in the late ’70s, they bucked the trend by stripping disco’s sound down to its basic elements; their funky, stylish grooves had an organic sense of interplay which was missing from many of their overproduced competitors.
CHIC’s sound was anchored by the scratchy, James Brown-style rhythm guitar of Nile Rodgers and those indelible, widely imitated (sometimes outright stolen) basslines; as producers, CHIC used keyboard and string embellishments economically, which kept the emphasis on rhythm. CHIC’s distinctive approach not only resulted in some of the finest dance singles of their time, but also helped create a template for urban funk, dance-pop, and even hip-hop in the post-disco era. Not coincidentally, Rodgers and Edwards wound up as two of the most successful producers of the ’80s. CHIC has been nominated for inclusion in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame eight times — 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 & 2013. CHIC, now billed as Nile Rodgers and CHIC, continue to perform to sold-out venues worldwide.
Boomtick pres. Chic and Nile Rodgers – nilerodgersandchic.com.au