Real People (song)

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"Real People"
Single by Chic
from the album Real People
Released1980
Recorded1980
GenreDisco, soul, rock
Length3:46
LabelAtlantic 3768
Songwriter(s)Bernard Edwards
Nile Rodgers
Producer(s)Bernard Edwards
Nile Rodgers
Chic singles chronology
"Rebels Are We"
(1980)
"Real People"
(1980)
"Stage Fright"
(1981)

"Real People" is from Chic's fourth album Real People. It was the second single from this album and like its predecessor, featured a solo lead vocal by Luci Martin. Exploring new directions in the post-Disco era, Chic continued incorporating harder rock elements into their sound as evident by Nile Rodgers' blaring guitar solos which kick-off and end the song. Audiences were caught off guard by the new Chic sound. Prompting some radio programmers to flip the single and play the more upbeat/dancable B-side "Chip Off The Old Block" instead of the A-side. This, combined with other factors, resulted in the single not making much impact on the charts; peaking at #51 on Billboard's "Hot Soul/Black Singles" chart and #79 on Billboard's "Hot 100" chart. In the UK, the song "26" was released as a single in lieu of "Real People", it failed to chart.

Track listings[edit]

Atlantic 3768, September 29, 1980
  • A. "Real People" (7" Edit) - 3:45
  • B. "Chip Off The Old Block" - 4:56
Atlantic promo 12" DMD 247, 1980
  • A. "Real People" - 5:20
  • B. "Real People" (7" Edit) - 3:45