Chic – Real People (1980) and Sister Sledge – Love Somebody Today (1980)

How much Chic is too much Chic?  If you like Rogers, Edwards et. al, there’s nothing particularly wrong with these records but I’m coming to the conclusion that Chic magic is best experienced 12 inches at a time.  Real People opens with an instrumental fusion piece called “Open Up”; after that we’re on familiar territory, a couple self-empowing disco numbers whose syncopated fade out choruses go on for at least a minute too long, followed by a kiss-off ballad.  While Chic’s outward style is firmly entrench in the party ethic of the late 1970s, lyrically, the band contrarily trades on the hippy dream of peace, love and understanding and a boiled down/updated version of 40s crooner romance.

There are likewise few surprises among Love Somebody Today‘s solid tracks and, perhaps inevitably, nothing as attention grabbing as “We Are Family” with the added pall, on a couple songs, of an adult easy listening vibe, reflected in that gross Lady’s Knitware Journal cover. There was a copy of the post-Edwards/Rogers Sledge record from 1981 All American Girls in the same boot fair batch, but I thought I was pushing my luck as it was.

Having said that, I’m looking forward to compiling a best of The Chic Organisation Ltd. Productions when I get King of the World by Sheila and B. Devotion, 1980 being my cut off point.

Published in: on January 22, 2011 at 11:57 am  Comments (3)  

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  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by mika loews, Thrifty Vinyl. Thrifty Vinyl said: Chic – Real People (1980) and Sister Sledge (1980) […]

  2. “…I’m looking forward to compiling a best of The Chic Organisation Ltd. Productions…”

    bagsy that!

  3. I’m expecting the ratio of dance number to ballads to be approximately 5:1. And it will only be available on cassette–I assume that’s acceptable to you. 😉

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