Chic good times


Three's a charm is a popular saying. After having gold and platinum success with their first two LPs, Chic was in a position to ponder both their past and their future. Having avoided the dreaded hit-stalling sophomore curse, the group was flushed with optimism when the lead single to the third LP, Risque, was put on the release schedule. "My Feet Feel Like Dancing" was a pleasant enough mid-tempo disco record with a sharp string arrangement and a clever "tap dancing" section courtesy of Fayard Nicholas of the famed Nicholas Brothers and Eugene Jackson of Our Gang, aka The Little Rascals. Though Atlantic Records was excited about the record, group founders/songwriters/producers Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards didn't feel quite right about the track being the first single. It caused so much consternation between the two that they gave each other the silent treatment until Rodgers urged his partner to open up. They both came to the conclusion that they really wanted another track titled "Good Times" to be the lead single. The idea of the song came from Rodgers and Edwards' reaction to the media criticism that tried to tagged the group's music as inconsequential. They seemed to miss the point that Chic made good-time dance music and somehow they'd amazingly overlooked the band's formidable playing skills and considerable stylistic range. The thumping "Good Times" stayed at number one R&B for six weeks and hit number one pop in summer 1979. It also had a key part in fueling the emerging rap music genre. The Sugarhill Gang used the song's trademark riff on "Rappers Delight." Rodgers and Edwards didn't start legal action until the record was well on its way to becoming a million-seller, in the end sharing writers' credits on the groundbreaking rap single. "Good Times"'s groove was also the basis of Queen's 1980 number one pop hit "Another One Bites the Dust."

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