This is disco's Big Bang. So many breakdowns, so intricate.
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"I watched this sweeping change where New York morphed from dangerous to wonderful, a hip mosaic," recalls Chic's mastermind. "Inside a club, it was nirvana."
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1."Girl You Need A Change Of Mind" | Eddie Kendricks, 1973
2."Love To Love You Baby" | Donna Summer, 1975
It was over-the-top erotic, and it was life-changing. It opened my mind to this new music.
3."Cherchez La Femme" | Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band, 1977
A retro record that reeked of the big-band music I loved as a child. This was the essence of the Chic formula – an experience that transformed you back to a different era, but you were still in modern times.
4."Good Times" | Chic, 1979
It was the "disco sucks" summer, but this was a hit anyway.
5."Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" | Santa Esmeralda, 1977
It sets this magical Spanish guitar to a big, building groove.
6."My Love is Free" | Double Exposure, 1976
They wrote about the economy and politics, breaking away from just love and dancing.
7."Supernature" | Cerrone, 1977
It felt like art: Dalí or Picasso with a groove. Later, we ripped off the bass line for "I Want Your Love."
8."In the Bush" | Musique, 1978
This guy just did crazy harmonic stuff. His records were half the foundation of what I've written the rest of my life.