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Everybody Dance
by Chic




This was the first song Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards wrote as 'Chic', pre-dating even their debut hit "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)". Rodgers recalled to NME in 2013: "The Chic concept was a cross between a black version of 'Roxy Music' and the anonymity of 'Kiss'. I wrote 'Everybody Dance' one afternoon. I thought it was too jazzy but I loved it. I played it for Bernard – he loved it too but he said, 'My man, what does it do do do do mean?' I said, 'The same as la la la la.' He said, 'Well, why don't we go, "Everybody dance la la la la?'" I said, 'Because the la la la la era is over.'"

Nile Rodgers told NME that the first album he bought was "Impressions" by John Coltrane. He added: "I can't remember not knowing about 'jazz'. It was almost like religion. I didn't like religion, but I loved music! But when I was able to buy my own records I bought this. The first 'Chic' song I ever wrote, 'Everybody Dance,' is all based on McCoy Tyner's piano playing there."

This was usually played as the opening song of the 'Chic' 'live' sets because of its historical status and popularity, and Luther Vandross sang backing vocals for the track.

The year 2000 UK No. 1 hit "Stomp", by British pop group 'Steps', borrowed the song's chord sequence and string swirls. The single's sleeve stated it was a tribute to Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers. In 1993, the UK production duo 'Evolution' scored a UK No. 19 hit with a 'house' cover of the track. The extended version was appropriately titled "Chic Inspirational Mix".


UK Singles chart: No. 9, May 1978, 9 weeks in Top 40.
US Billboard Hot 100: No. 38, June 1978, 10 weeks in the hundred.
1978 - Atlantic Records - United States - From their self-titled album.
Posted: 18th May 2019
Born in 1954, leaving education by 1972, 'glam' was my thing, "Ziggy" Bowie my hero. I was even the only guy in my town with the haircut (though not the carrot red colouring!). Therefore every seventh selection is a Bowie track.
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