Wednesday, April 10, 2013

"Rebels We Are" by Chic

Song#:  0317
Date:  08/30/1980
Debut:  77
Peak:  61
Weeks:  6
Genre:  Disco, Dance, R&B

Pop Bits:  With the anti-disco backlash in full swing, many artists who scored big in the era found their careers at an end and Chic was unfortunately a casualty of the time. They were one of the biggest disco/dance acts of the late 70s, grabbing four Top 10 hits including two #1's, "Le Freak" and the highly influential "Good Times." They also had one gold and two platinum albums. But the 80s started real rough and this first single from their fourth album, "Real People," pretty much tanked as the disco fallout hit. They would not recover and after a couple more low charting songs, the group called it quits 1984.

ReduxReview:  This song is not as immediately catchy as their big hits and kind of lags in the middle, but it is definitely danceable and it's kind of hard to not shake your thang with this going. It's just not as killer as some of their other songs.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Although the group was done, it was only the beginning for the driving forces of the group, Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers. They began a successful run as writers and producers for other artists like Diana Ross. Rodgers also produced famous albums like David Bowie's "Let's Dance" and Madonna's "Like a Virgin." The two were nominated for a 1981 Grammy for Best Rhythm & Blues song for writing "Upside Down," the Diana Ross hit


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