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New York City, USA (1976 – 1983, 1992 – present)

Chic (sometimes fully capitalized as CHIC) is an and band that was formed in 1976 by guitarist Nile Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards in New York City, USA. It is best-known for its commercially successful songs, including “Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)” (1977), “Everybody Dance” (1977), “Le Freak” (1978), “I Want Your Love” (1978), “Good Times” (1979), and “My Forbidden Lover” (1979).

There can be little argument that Chic was ’s greatest band; and, working in a heavily producer-dominated field, they were most definitely a band. By the time Chic appeared in the late ‘, was already slipping into the excess that eventually caused its downfall. Chic bucked the trend by stripping ’s sound down to its basic elements; their , grooves had an organic sense of interplay that was missing from many of their overproduced competitors. Chic’s sound was anchored by the scratchy, James Brown-style rhythm guitar of Nile Rodgers and the indelible, widely imitated (sometimes outright stolen) bass lines of Bernard Edwards; as producers, they used keyboard and string embellishments economically, which kept the emphasis on rhythm. Chic’s distinctive approach not only resulted in some of the finest singles of their time, but also helped create a template for , , and even in the era. Not coincidentally, Rodgers and Edwards wound up as two of the most successful producers of the ‘.

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