It is not so common that I give you some very personal things, but I’ll make an exception to the rule and to share with you one of my musical passions.
Indeed the first Thursday evening in August 2013 I was in Vence right next to Nice to attend a concert that I “dreamed” all my life!
I really realized a dream and what a beautiful reality that I was there! I had missed thems when they produced at the Mogador Theatre in Paris about thirty years ago
I went to see Nile Rodgers, one of the two founders of the group CHIC. Of course you’ll say, CHIC making machine discos commercial hits … well yes but not only that. I am really went to see his talented guitarist and I really enjoyed.
This story began in 1977 in the record store named Point d’Orgue boulevard Malesherbes in Paris, France . I became a client and friend of the shop hard which was held at the time by Caroline and Marie-Agnes .I was working in a company near the shop.
I had the privilege and the right to open all the boxes of new arriving almost daily. So I had the chance and find the first album called CHIC simply, and at first listen I fell in worship on his unique sound of guitar that appears on almost all the songs on this first disc. Tubes with Dance, Dance, Dance and Everybody Dance, or Strike up the band. All the pieces you will hear the guitar solos with a beautiful soaring brass and violins. This album was considered disco music, although I do not hate, but his unique sound of guitar does not exist. There were plenty of things resembling soul and funk but nothing really unique as its Nile Rodgers.
Ce disque n’a pas pratiquement jamais quitté ma platine et je le réécoute avec autant de plaisir que 35 ans (eh oui !!) auparavant. Et là ce disque a été le déclencheur d’une véritable passion pour ce musicien.
This disc has almost never left my turntable and I replay with as much fun as 35 years (yes!!) before. And there was the hard trigger a real passion for this musician.
At the same time produced simultaneously CHIC Group and Sister Sledge, and both groups had the same sound that dominant bass Bernard Edward (now disappeared) and that his unique sound of guitar of Nile Rodgers.
From 1978 to 1979 came the tubesLe Freak, Good Times, Lost in Music, We are Family, He’s the greatest dancer… After Good Times, the recording career of CHIC group as such was less successful, but I was always a fan by finding the sound that I had discovered.
Meanwhile Nile Rodgers began appearing as a guitarist with other artists: Cindy Lauper, Duran Duran, INXS, KID Creole, Paul Simon ….
Quickly the group CHIC became producer and composer of many groups and not least surprises and even some French artist had his English career that was produced by CHIC.
David Bowie : Let’s Dance
Diana Ross : Coming out
SB Devotion : (Sheila) : King of the world , Spacer
Debbie Harry : Kookoo
Musique du film Soup for One : des mesures de ce moprceau de musique ont servi au morceau Lady de MODJO
Madona : Like a Virgin
Mick Jagger : She is the boss
Grace Jones, Brian Ferry….
In short, the list is long and it’s not going to stop including today tube Daft Punk, Get Lucky is still Nile Rodgers. He is working with Etienne Daho for the next album which is expected in October 2013.
Revenons à ce concert ou j’ai été gâté, Nile Rodgers a joué tous les morceaux légendaires de CHIC et Sister Sledge mais aussi il nous a joué
Returning to the concert where I was spoiled, Nile Rodgers played all the legendary pieces of CHIC and Sister Sledge but he played also Diana Ross, David Bowie, Modjo, INXS, Duran Duran, Sheila, Madonna highlighting his guitar and being really happy to be here.
Oh and surprise we had the chance to see U2′s Bono on stage which made a very brief appearance
It was like seeing a “kid” who comes having pleasure playing music and being happy to share this with an audience. He asked us, throughout the concert, and a sweet and funny way.
Two hours together moving (for me), it remembered me a lot of memories for those years CHIC I have shared too!
Nile Rodgers was invited by FNAC in Paris Saint lazaire on June 25, 2013.
Un very truth interview made by the French magazine Télérama
Discographie de Chic
Finally to complete a compilation containing all the success of CHIC, Sister Sledge and CHIC productions with unreleased remix, this is a beautiful cabinet that includes most of the career of this group