Nile Rodgers met up with Debbie Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie and "Blood Orange" a few days ago, and one immediately thinks about a new collaboration between them. Even if the last, Debbie's first solo album Koo Koo, was not as successful as they, perhaps, expected, it was still selling well, reaching no. 6 in the UK and for instance no. 7 in my country of Sweden and top 30 in the US pop chart. And the album contained many gems and very interesting tracks. I would love if they had another go!
Nile wrote this comment:
"BlondieOfficial nilerodgers DevHynes aka Blood Orange in the studio - Now that's a f-ing collaboration."
Both Chris Stein and Blondie posted photos of that meeting, and Chris posted Nile's Hitmaker guitar with Nile playing it. Indeed indicating that we may very well look forward to another song from the three of them.
I think Koo Koo was great, and one of my favorite tracks have this ending that suggest that there would be a part II of that track. Check out the last 35 seconds of "Oasis" in the clip below.
Now wouldn't that be a great basis for a new track... I would add some nice staccato-ish vocals, a great rhythm guitar and perhaps an electric guitar (Stein), and, this time, the CHIC choir as back-up and have Mark Ronson put his special touch on it...like he did with Duran Duran's "Pressure Off" another Nile collaboration....An "Oasis Part II".
Check out the promo video of Debbie Harry's "Backfired" GO! Check out the promo video of Debbie Harry's "The Jam Was Moving" GO! Check out the promo video of Debbie Harry's "Now I Know You Know" GO! Check out the Rolling Stone magazine review of Koo Koo GO! Check out Debbie Harry's CHIC produced Koo Koo album GO!
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In an interview, published today, with Las Vegas Weekly, Nile says he has recently heard a recording of a live show CHIC did playing the Tropicana in Las Vegas back in the 70s, and he says it is really good quality!
"Have you had any memorable experiences or shows in Las Vegas? Absolutely! Oh, my God! The first time we played in Las Vegas, we were playing for the Warner Bros. convention, a party for all of the Warner labels. We played, I believe, the Tropicana, and it was the first time I had met a person named Nile other than my father and myself—and the spelling is like the river, N-i-l-e, as opposed to the English or Irish version of Nile, N-i-a-double-l. And I couldn’t believe it! I was going, “Wow, your name is Nile?” He said, “Yeah.” And he was white, and he worked for Don King, the boxing promoter. It was amazing.
Somebody recently played a recording of that show for me—I don’t know where it came from, because this was years ago, it was back in the ’70s. And I couldn’t believe how flawless the show sounded. I was just blown away."
All we here at chictribute can say is that we want to hear that recording, that we want all CHIC fans to hear that recording!! Ideally it should be released commercially, and we hope it will, but as we all know, there are a lot of CHIC stuff that should be released but never seems to get released. So whoever you are, who played that for Nile, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or post the recording publicly somewhere.
Thanks to Dario Salvi for posting the above Image of CHIC live at Illinois State Fair back in the 70s.
CHIC is currently at Nile Rodgers FOLD (Freak Out Let's Dance) Festival in London the UK. It is the first time the festival is being held outside of the US.
CHICtribute.com's long time collaborator CHCHICfan Luc from Switzerland have provided us with a series of photos from CHIC's performance on Friday the 24th and Saturday the 25th of June, 2016. They are posted in the CHICtribute.com Gallery section.
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