- 03 Jul 18
One of the world’s greatest live acts, Chic – who, like Hot Press, have spent 40 years at the apex of planet pop – recommenced their love affair with Ireland at Malahide Castle last month. The band’s legendary frontman, Nile Rodgers, talks about their special relationship with fans here, Prince, the Rolling Stones, the similarities between James Brown and James Joyce – and goes into exclusive detail about the recording of David Bowie’s Let Dance.
1977 was an auspicious year for rock and pop: it was the year Hot Press launched, and across the Atlantic, Nile Rodgers’ Chic kickstarted the disco revolution with their self-titled debut album. Containing classics like ‘Dance Dance Dance (Yowsah Yowsah Yowsah)’ and ‘Everybody Dance’ – both titles indicating Rodgers’ primary aim with Chic’s output – the album was a landmark in ‘70s music.
Cut to Dublin 2010. I’d gone along to Tripod – one of the city’s best venues, now sadly gone – to see Chic in action. I knew that the band had created the aforementioned disco hits (and many others), and that Rodgers had one of the most immaculate production CVs in pop history, having overseen iconic hits for the likes of David Bowie, Madonna, Duran Duran and many others.
Excitingly, there would be a generous helping of those tunes in the set, and I was expecting an impressive show. Still, I wasn’t prepared for what a special evening it proved to be. By song three or four, I was out of my seat and dancing. I remained in a blissful trance for the next several numbers, hypnotised by the group’s infectious rhythms.