Time Marches On, Just Can’t Wait

There’s no need to guess what today’s song is: it’s “Good Times” by Chic.

“Good Times” marks an unofficial line of demarcation in music history. It was the last great disco song to hit #1 on the pop charts (if you use most folks’ definition; there were certainly danceable songs that were #1 later in 1979, notably Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.” But I guess that wasn’t considered a pure “disco” song.). It was also the #1 song at the time of the now-infamous “Disco Demolition Night” that was held at Chicago’s Comiskey Park. Its famous bassline was famously ripped off to form the backbone of “Rapper’s Delight” by the Sugarhill Gang, the first rap song to become a national hit. It was also the basis for a clever rewrite (though some have called it an outright ripoff as well) by Queen for “Another One Bites The Dust.” According to the website Whosampled.com, “Good Times” has been sampled in some form in 175 songs.

“Good Times,” along with many of Chic’s great hits, was the brainchild of Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, one of the great production teams and musical pairings of the late 1970’s. Rodgers and Edwards would go on to produce hits for Diana Ross (“Upside Down,” “I’m Coming Out”) and Sister Sledge (“He’s The Greatest Dancer,” “We Are Family”) to name a couple acts. Their sound also inspired many groups after them, most famously the group Change, who modeled their sound after Chic.

As good as the songs were, the pair were also great musicians. Paired with the outstanding drummer Tony Thompson, the sound on Chic’s hits was as instantly recognizable as any name production team over the course of the last thirty years. Rodgers’ guitar and Edwards’ bass formed a one-two punch that most bands were unable to match. Hearing the guitar line in Daft Punk’s recent smash hit “Get Lucky,” I instantly knew who was playing. That same Nile Rodgers guitar line, or something similar to it, has been a staple of dance music for a long time, and powered many of Chic’s best hits. Edwards was certainly among the front line of bassists of the era; while he may not have been as greatly celebrated as Louis Johnson of the Brothers Johnson, his bass lines and solos were greatly appreciated by fans.

Please enjoy one of the most influential songs ever, and as always, thanks for listening and reading.


33 Replies to “Time Marches On, Just Can’t Wait”

  1. Oh boy I remember all those songs and groups…great groups that I still listen to today hehe…
    I had no idea how many times that was sampled ..well great songs to start will last a lifetime…
    How has this week been treating you my friend???

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    1. Hi Suzette! Yes, great songs will last a lifetime, and this is one of them!

      So far so good, on the week. Finally shaking this cold I’ve had for the last week or so. I hope the week is treating you well also.

      Love the hugggs!

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      1. Hey T. Wayne my friend!!!…
        Yes so true …
        Oh glad to hear so far so good for you…Oh I am sorry to hear that you have a cold I hope that you get better soon my friend…
        Not a bad week at all…the usual pains but hey that is life when you get old huh lolol…jk not calling you old …just me lol…
        aww anytime you need a huggg imma here …lol…

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  2. Sometimes I like this song and then sometimes I don’t. I’m not really too sure why (or why not). Sometimes I hear it on the radio and I’m like yea, turn up the volume and other times I’m like eh, change it.

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    1. Hey Lisa!
      I get what you mean.

      In “My Jams 79” I mentioned that this one has an underlying bit of melancholy to it. It’s saying one thing lyrically “Good times…” but then the music is subtly giving off a little sad vibe in the background.

      ***Sorry for the shameless plug Twin.

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      1. Hi Gwin! Hmm, I never thought of it like that! You make a really good point! I think I get annoyed with the chick’s voice and even the tune. Like when she shouts GOOD TIMES! Ugh! πŸ˜•

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  3. You hit on one of my fav disco tunes. Good times! I love it so much I say it sarcastically when the situation is apropos. Nile Rodgers is a great producer and when Get Lucky was big 2 years ago, I could immediately tell from the guitar line that he produced the joint. I’m glad to see he’s active again. Great choice, T. Wayne!

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  4. You are absolutely right Twin, this song marks the change while introducing a new genre!
    I guess I can’t help feeling it is the beginning of a downward…at least for awhile.

    But for reasons that you mentioned (Comiskey Park episode) I always feel a little sad whenever it plays πŸ™‚
    That doesn’t stop me for loving it though!
    It’s a beast!

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      1. As we both know, disco music never really went away; it just reinvented itself out of the pop spotlight and came back with a vengeance on the pop charts later in the decade. Far as R&B goes, it never really left at all there either, but songs were more prominent there than in the pop market.

        “Good Times” is one of those songs that is a signpost of music history. So much has surrounded it in terms of influence, and I barely scratched the surface. So many acts and groups tried to copy that style with their own little tweaks, long after they had faded as a pop music force. It’s a shame that their albums after RisquΓ© didn’t do quite as well, for there was certainly some good music being made, but times were changing, as we’ve discussed countless times.

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