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REVIEW: Nile Rodgers Presents – The CHIC Organization “Up All Night” (Greatest Hits)

By Gerald Lynch on July 5th, 2013

nile-rodgersThe Don of Disco; the Patriarch of Pop: you love Nile Rodgers’ music even if you don’t know the man behind the tunes.

It occurred to me and my pals that a beast of an all-night house party playlist we’d put together was unwittingly made up of at least 50% Rodgers related tracks, be they from his Chic days, the innumerable samples pooled by hip-hop and dance luminaries such as Grandmaster Flash and Modjo, his 80s/90s run as uber producer behind the mixing desk for the likes of Bowie, the B-52s and Madonna, or his recent collaboration with Daft Punk for ‘Get Lucky’, a track that’s soundtracking the summer and on the verge of entering that strange realm of “pop song as cultural phenomenon”, a tune that babies will be born being able to hum along to.

It’s all in a day’s work for Rodgers, as proved by this latest compilation ‘Nile Rodgers Presents – The NRCHIC-GreatestHits2013_900xCHIC Organization “Up All Night”’. Featuring Chic’s best alongside hits that had a helping hand from Rodgers $1.3 billion “Hitmaker” Fender Stratocaster and production skills, it’s the perfect introduction for those that only know Rodgers as Daft Punk’s mate.

For tracks approaching their 40th anniversary, the Chic cuts here still sound vital. Sticking more closely to their rhythmic funk roots than other groups that came under the disco umbrella, there’s a sophisticated (sometimes sparse) sonic layering that Chic’s peers lacked, relegating them to the dreaded wedding disco playlist for eternity, a fate that Rodgers and co once unfairly seemed destined to join them in. Take the manic string stabs of ‘Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)’. Or the bassline to ‘Everybody Dance’, which remains as insane as ever, or the cocktail-sipping groove to ‘Good Times’, as infectious as the first time you heard it – each a testament to the late, great bass player Bernard Edwards, Rodgers’ key Chic collaborator who shouldn’t be forgotten during this most recent revival of interest in Chic’s music.

For the most part, Rodgers collaborations beyond Chic represented here are frighteningly indelible, sunset-swathed skyscrapers on the musical landscape too. The chorus to Sister Sledge’s ‘He’s The Greatest Dancer’ is enough to make even these two do the dirty, and his work with Diana Ross was the best the diva ever managed beyond the Motown majesty of The Supremes. It’s only Johnny Mathis’ confused samba-infused ‘I Love My Lady’ and Debbie Harry’s failed attempt to recapture the magic of Blondie’s ‘Rapture’ on ‘Backfired’ that fall flat across the 25 tracks on the two-disc compilation.

It’s a pity that Rodgers’ influential later production jobs aren’t better represented here too – from the mid-80s through to the early 90s, Rodgers was as important a producer for his times as Phil Spector was in the 1960s. (David Bowie’s continued success owes Rodgers a great debt, given Rodgers basically saved his career with the ‘Let’s Dance’ album.)

But to moan about what’s not here when met with some of the most instantly-recognisable tracks of the 20th century is churlish. After too many years in the shadows Rodgers is now rightfully being recognised as a musical legend, with a whole new generation of fans in the enviable position of being able to hear his tunes for the first time. ‘Up All Night’ is the perfect companion for that sonic journey of discovery.

Nile Rodgers Presents – The CHIC Organization “Up All Night” (Greatest Hits) is available from Amazon, priced £8.99 

 

 



Heroes and Celebrities, News

It’s different for boys: Jamie Hince, more shabby than chic?

By admin on December 1st, 2008

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Looking at this image of Jamie Hince stepping after a night at girlfriend Kate Moss‘ flat I started thinking about how the Croydon-born model always manages to look chic and stylish is shabby rock-y vintage while Hince looks a little raggedy.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure the sight of me on a Sunday morning in pjs scuttling to the newsie is far, far worse but the point I’m trying to make is that women are armed with an array of stylistic tools. Mixing mussed up hair with a fancy dress, or shabby jeans with a flashy jewellery has long been Moss’ preserve. When a man dresses scruffy he isn’t in possession of as much to work with to make those well-worn basics look smart, by replacing the well-worn suede boots with a pair of new shoes or the Britpop-era jacket with a duffel coat Hince could have gone from scuzzy to artfully skewhiff.

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Accessories, Luggage & Travel

Monsoon manbags

By ShinyMedia on May 16th, 2007

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Monsoon have got the best manbags at the moment, combining neutral canvas with leather for an aged feel which are perfect for taking on holiday. The leather trims give an air of professorly insouciance, these are made for storing your heavy philosophical tomes. More importantly they look like an old find you might have been carrying around for years which will add chic to any casual outfit. See after the jump for product links.

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Clothing

Topman St Germain cardie

By Isabelle on March 23rd, 2007

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Get yourself down to Topshop this weekend because it’s cold outside and you need to look chic so look no further than their St Germain striped green and black cardigan (£35). Somehow the combination of minty green and black give such an air of aloofness that even if you decided to pair it with men’s leggings you’d give off icy cool vibes. See after the jump to find out what I’d wear it with.

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