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One of the key groups in the Disco genre. Formed in New York in 1976 by Bernard Edwards (bass) and Nile Rodgers (guitar), they recuited drummer Tony Thompson and vocalist Norma Jean Wright to make a self-titled debut album which included the hits "Dance Dance Dance (Yowsah Yowsah Yowsah)" and "Everybody Dance". Wright went solo and Chic continued with various other vocalists including Alfa Anderson, Luci Martin and Fonzi Thompson. A young Luther Vandross was a back-up singer.
Rodgers and Edwards were the group's songwriters and producers; both went on to produce other acts.
- Chic (1977)
- C'est Chic (1978) (The One With... "Le Freak" and "I Want Your Love")
- Risque (1979) (The One With... "Good Times")
- Real People (1980)
- Take it Off (1981)
- Tongue in Chic (1982)
- Believer (1983)
- Chic-ism (1992)
Rodgers & Edwards joint productions for other artists
- Norma Jean Wright Norma Jean (1978)
- Sister Sledge We Are Family (1979)
- Sister Sledge Love Somebody Today (1980)
- Sheila and B. Devotion King Of The World (1980)
- Diana Ross Diana (1980)
- Debbie Harry Koo Koo (1981)
- Various Artists: Soup For One OST (1982)
Also unreleased projects with Johnny Mathis and Fonzi Thornton.
Chic's work provides examples of:
- B Side: Averted hard. They never threw anything away as a B-side, instead putting something else from the same album on the flip (usually something as different to the A side as possible).
- Dance Sensation: Have you heard about the new dance craze? It's called "Le Freak", they're doing it night and day...
- Everything Sounds Sexier in French / Gratuitous French: Well, they were called Chic. "Est-ce que c'est Chic" and "Le Freak" are the most blatant examples.
- Heterosexual Life Partners: Bernard and Nile. In a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming (with just a little bit of Ho Yay), on the Live at Budokan album (their last performance together), Rodgers actually introduces Edwards as "My partner in music and my partner in life".
- Incredibly Lame Pun: Tongue In Chic
- Lead Bassist
- Self-Titled Album
- Spelling Song: "Chic Cheer"