10 Songs You Can Expect to Hear at Chic’s Upcoming Belfast Gig
Chic and Nile Rodgers are no strangers to an Irish gig, having graced stages in Belfast and Dublin many a time in recent years.
The disco legends are returning to Belfast’s Waterfront Hall on 4th June armed with a decade-spanning back catalogue and impressive roster of classics, including original Chic favourites and Nile Rodgers-produced hits for other artists.
With such a diverse arsenal of material to delve into, fans can expect to hear everything from soulful 70s Sister Sledge to EDM-flavoured ventures with Daft Punk, switching seamlessly between classic and contemporary.
Gigging NI takes a look at the pioneering influence of the multiple Grammy award-winning Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee before his return to Belfast by revisiting ten tracks blessed with Rodgers’ musical Midas touch…
‘Good Times’ – Chic
Rivalling the record-breaking success of ‘Le Freak’ (which will also undoubtedly get an airing), the unmistakable bassline of this Chic staple has filled dancefloors and been sampled the world over.
‘I’m Coming Out’ – Diana Ross
Produced with fellow Chic member Bernard Edwards in 1980, the lead Supreme’s comeback album Diana also boasted gems like ‘Upside Down’ and unwitting gay anthem ‘I’m Coming Out’. It’s no coincidence that Ross’s vocal prowess and renewed enthusiasm, coupled with Chic behind the production board, was a recipe for the bestselling album of her career.
‘Spacer’ – Sheila and B. Devotion
Perhaps a lesser known Rodgers number, this astro-themed hit for French disco act Sheila and B. Devotion was produced the same year as Diana Ross’s multiplatinum selling self-titled LP. This treasure often crops up in Chic’s live sets and is an electric riff-infused departure from the usual funky breakdowns.
‘Thinking of You’ – Sister Sledge
‘He’s the Greatest Dancer’ or ‘Lost in Music’ may spring to mind more quickly when you think of Philadelphia’s Sister Sledge, but this forgotten classic from the Rodgers-produced We Are Family album sometimes makes a live appearance amongst its more well-known siblings. La crème-de-la- crème of the Chic organisation.
‘Like A Virgin’ – Madonna
A major boost for young Madonna’s career, everyone and their granny knows this ridiculously catchy and ever-parodied classic. Along with ‘Material Girl’ from the same album, Rodgers helped propel Madonna to stardom and cement the track as an 80s staple and a regular at Chic shows.
‘Let’s Dance’ – David Bowie
The turn of the decade marked a change in direction for the Thin White Duke, ditching gloomy German experimentalism for fake tan and bleached blonde hair. The Rodgers-produced funk-influenced smash hit does exactly what it says on the tin and takes pride of place on Chic’s live repertoire.
‘Notorious’ – Duran Duran
Nile Rodgers remixed the 7” and 12” versions of ‘The Reflex’ with innovative use of sampling, giving the English band their biggest selling hit and going on to work with them on their Notorious album. However, it’s the iconic eponymous single which most often features in Chic’s live shows.
‘Lady (Hear Me Tonight)’ – Modjo / ‘Soup for One’ – Chic
One of the tracks most synonymous with the 00s is French duo Modjo’s house classic ‘Lady (Hear Me Tonight)’, which samples Chic’s 1982 A-side ‘Soup for One’. During their gigs, Chic usually play the two songs as a mashup, a nod to both classic disco and turn-of-the-millennium French touch.
‘Get Lucky’ – Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams
You’d had to have been living under a rock during the summer of 2013 to not have heard the deliciously funky collaboration that put Nile Rodgers back on the radar. Teaming up with a different French duo and fellow mega producer Pharrell Williams, ‘Get Lucky’ and Random Access Memories, the disco-inspired album that ensued, were a cert to be a global success. No wonder it’s one of the bestselling songs of all time.
‘Everybody Dance’ – Chic
Historically a set opener for the group (although guaranteed to feature somewhere), this early single is an essay in minimalist disco and a timeless, boogie-inducing number boasting backing vocals from Luther Vandross and a US number one spot on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart upon release.
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