Sunday, June 9, 2013

"Real People" by Chic

Song#:  0401
Date:  11/15/1980
Debut:  89
Peak:  79
Weeks:  3
Genre:  R&B, Dance

Pop Bits:  Things cooled off for Chic when the lead single from their "Real People" album, "Rebels Are We," peaked at a lowly #61. This second title single did even worse and couldn't grab an audience. The lack of singles support made this the first Chic album to not even reach gold status. And although it did peak at #8 on the R&B album chart, it was their lowest peaking pop album at the time reaching #30. The "Good Times" were certainly over for the group.

ReduxReview:  Their previous single "Rebels Are We" wasn't great, but it still made you wanna groove a bit. This doesn't even come close to that. It's kind of a message song done at an almost mid-tempo speed that is just flat. This is a song that maybe The Pointer Sisters and their producer Richard Perry could have cleaned up on and made exciting, but as-is, Chic is just sounding tired. Although I will give props to some nice guitar work in the last third of the song.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  Although it debuted as just "Real People" when it hit the chart, the single turned into a double-sided entry the following week as the b-side "Chip Off the Old Block" got some attention. But even that was short-lived and both songs fell off the chart a couple weeks later.


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