Everybody Dance (Chic song)
"Everybody Dance" is a song by American band Chic. The disco song, which features Norma Jean Wright on lead vocals and Luther Vandross, Diva Gray, Robin Clark on background vocals, was released as the second single from the band's self-titled debut album Chic. According to guitarist Nile Rodgers, it was the first song written for Chic, due to its historical status and popularity, is played as the opening song of the band's live set, it was heavily sampled by British group Steps on their song "Stomp" and by the Manic Street Preachers on their single " Just the End of Love". The song has featured in films such as The Last Days of Disco and Summer of Sam and is featured in the Grand Theft Auto IV expansion pack The Ballad of Gay Tony on the radio station K109. According to Rodgers speaking for the BBC4 documentary "How to Make It in the Music Business", the session the song was recorded during cost the band $10, which went on bribing the elevator engineer not to tell the manager they were recording in there.
Unlike most Chic singles, its 12" version was not included on a regular album, nor was it available upon original release, with the 12" format being issued only as a promo. The extended 12" version has, subsequently been issued on numerous compilations. Unlike most Chic singles, the b-side "You Can Get By" was edited down from the original album track. "Everybody Dance" became another hit for the band in the United States, topping the Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart in 1977, peaking at number 38 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 12 on the Billboards Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in 1978. Atlantic 7" 3469, 1978A. "Everybody Dance" - 3:30 B. "You Can Get By" - 3:59Atlantic promo 12" DSKO 109, 1978A. "Everybody Dance" - 8:25 B. "You Can Get By" - 5:36Atlantic 12" DK 4621, 1978 / Atlantic Oldies promo 12" DSKO 179, 1979A. "Everybody Dance" - 8:25 B. "Dance, Dance" - 8:21 1990sIn 1993, RuPaul recorded a version of the song for his debut album Supermodel of the World. In 1993, British dance group Evolution scored a UK Top 20 hit with a house cover of the track, released on Deconstruction Records.
The extended version was appropriately titled'Chic Inspirational Mix'.2000sIn 2007, Canadian singer Deborah Cox reinterpreted the track as "Everybody Dance", incorporating a sample of the original Chic vocals in the mix. The track hit the US Hot Dance Club Songs Chart, peaking at No.17.2010sIn 2011, British singer Kimberly Walsh covered the song for Horrid Henry: The Movie. Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
Daft Punk are a French electronic music duo formed in Paris in 1993 by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter. They achieved popularity in the late 1990s as part of the French house movement, had success in the years following, combining elements of house music with funk, disco and synthpop, they have worn ornate helmets and gloves to assume robot personas in most public appearances since 1999 and grant interviews or appear on television. The duo were managed from 1996 to 2008 by the head of Ed Banger Records. After Bangalter and Homem-Christo's indie rock band Darlin' disbanded, they began experimenting with drum machines and synthesisers, their debut studio album Homework was released by Virgin Records in 1997 to positive reviews, backed by singles "Around the World" and "Da Funk". Their second album, had further success, supported by hit singles "One More Time", "Digital Love" and "Harder, Faster, Stronger". In March 2005, Daft Punk released their third album, Human After All, to mixed reviews, though the singles "Robot Rock" and "Technologic" achieved success in the United Kingdom.
Daft Punk toured throughout 2006 and 2007 and released the live album Alive 2007, which won a Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album. They composed the score for the film Tron: Legacy, released in 2010 alongside its soundtrack album. In 2013, Daft Punk left Virgin for Columbia Records, released their fourth album, Random Access Memories, to acclaim. Random Access Memories won five Grammy Awards in 2014, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for "Get Lucky". In 2016, Daft Punk gained their first number one on the Billboard Hot 100 with the song "Starboy", a collaboration with The Weeknd; as of 2015, Daft Punk had sold over 12 million albums worldwide. Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter met in 1987 while attending the Lycée Carnot secondary school in Paris; the two recorded demos with others from the school. This led to the formation of a guitar-based group called Darlin' with Laurent Brancowitz in 1992. Bangalter and Homem-Christo played bass and guitar while Brancowitz was brought on board after the two sought an additional guitarist.
The trio had branded themselves after The Beach Boys song of the same name, which they covered along with an original composition. Both tracks were released on a multi-artist EP under Duophonic Records, a label owned by the London-based band Stereolab, who invited the trio to open for stage shows in the United Kingdom. Bangalter felt that "The rock n' roll thing we did was pretty average, I think, it was so brief, maybe six months, four songs and two gigs and, it." A negative review in Melody Maker by Dave Jennings subsequently dubbed the music "a daft punky thrash." Instead of dismissing the review, they found it amusing. As Homem-Christo stated, "We struggled so long to find Darlin', this happened so quickly." Darlin' soon disbanded. Bangalter and Homem-Christo experimented with drum machines and synthesisers. In September 1993, Daft Punk attended a rave at EuroDisney, where they met Stuart Macmillan of Slam, co-founder of the label Soma Quality Recordings; the demo tape given to Macmillan at the rave formed the basis for Daft Punk's debut single, "The New Wave", a limited release in 1994.
The single contained the final mix of "The New Wave" called "Alive", to be featured on Daft Punk's first album. Daft Punk returned to the studio in May 1995 to record "Da Funk", it became the duo's first commercially successful single the same year. After the success of "Da Funk", Daft Punk looked to find a manager; the duo settled on Pedro Winter, who promoted them and other artists at his Hype night clubs. The band signed with Virgin Records in September 1996 and made a deal through which the duo licensed its tracks to the major label through its production company, Daft Trax. Bangalter stated that while the duo received numerous offers from record labels, they wanted to wait and ensure that Daft Punk did not lose creative control, he considered the deal with Virgin to be more akin to a partnership. In the mid-to-late nineties, Daft Punk performed live without costumes in many places including the United States. In 1996, the duo were featured at an Even Furthur event in Wisconsin, their first public performance in the U.
S. In addition to live original performances, they performed in various clubs using vinyl records from their collection, they were known for incorporating various styles of music into their DJ sets at that time."Da Funk" and "Alive" were included on Daft Punk's 1997 debut album Homework. In February of that year, the UK dance magazine Muzik published a Daft Punk cover feature and described Homework as "one of the most hyped debut albums in a long long time." According to The Village Voice, the album revived house music and departed from the Eurodance formula. As noted by critic Alex Rayner, Homework brought together established club styles and the "burgeoning eclecticism" of big beat. In 1997 Daft Punk launched their Daftendirektour to promote Homework in several cities throughout the world. For this tour the duo opted to utilize their home studio equipment for the live stage; as Bangalter stated, "Everything was synched up -- the bass lines. The sequencer was just controlling the beats and bars.
On top of this structure we built all these layers of samples and various parts that we could bring in whenever we wanted to." 25 May 1997 saw them perform at the Tribal Gathering festival at Luton Hoo, headlining with Orbital an
"The Reflex" is the eleventh single by Duran Duran, released worldwide on 16 April 1984. The song was remixed for single release and was the third and last to be taken from their third album Seven and the Ragged Tiger. "The Reflex" became the band's most successful single. It was their second single to top the UK Singles Chart, after "Is There Something I Should Know?" in 1983, topping the chart on 5 May, would prove to be their last UK no. 1. The single entered the charts in America on 21 April 1984 at no. 46, became Duran Duran's first of two singles to hit no. 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 on 23 June 1984, was a huge hit internationally. It was the first of two songs that kept "Dancing in the Dark" by Bruce Springsteen out of the top spot; the band wanted it to be the lead single from Seven and the Ragged Tiger, but their label didn't like the warbling singing during the "why don't you use it" segments, thinking this would hinder its success as a stand-alone single track. The remixes for both the 7" and 12" singles were created by Nile Rodgers, of Chic fame.
It was his first work with the band, he would go on to produce "The Wild Boys" single as well as the album Notorious and several tracks on Astronaut. Producer Ian Little recalled the sound Nick Rhodes came up with on his Roland Jupiter-8 keyboard: "...whenever I hear that steel-drum part it always brings a smile to my face because it's so out of tune. Steel drums always are, but it was right in terms of rhythm and tone. So a wood-block sound was mixed in to make it more percussive and it did the job." Main photography for the video for "The Reflex" took place during the Seven and the Ragged Tiger tour at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario on 5 March 1984. Director Russell Mulcahy filmed some of the closeup footage in the indoor arena that afternoon, the band's performance was filmed live during that evening's concert."The Reflex" is a concert video portraying Duran Duran's Sing Blue Silver tour performance style. However, in keeping with the band's insistence that their videos "never be ordinary", the video screen above the stage displayed bits of naked models wearing collars and chains illuminated with black light interrupted by computerized video white noise.
At one point, a computer graphics generated waterfall appears to pour out of the video screen above the stage to soak the audience. Keyboard enthusiasts have taken special note of the Fairlight CMI that Nick Rhodes operated with a light pen in this video, throughout the tour; some symbolic scenes from the official video were taken and mixed with the alternate version shown in the band's concert film Arena. In addition to the 4:26 single remix, the 12" included an extended remix of "The Reflex"; the live b-side "Make Me Smile" is a cover of a Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel song, recorded 16 November 1982 at Hammersmith Odeon in London, with lead Rebel Steve Harley joining the band onstage. A second live b-side released on the US single, "New Religion", was recorded 7 February 1984 at The Forum in Los Angeles; this is not the same live version. "The Reflex" – 4:20 "Make Me Smile" – 4:54 "The Reflex" – 6:35 "The Reflex" – 4:20 "Make Me Smile" – 4:54 "The Reflex" – 4:25 "New Religion" – 4:52 The Dance Mix-Edited is the same version as the regular 7".
"The Reflex" – 6:35 "The Reflex" – 4:25The Dance Mix-Edited is the same version as the regular 7". "The Reflex" – 4:20 "Make Me Smile" – 4:54 "The Reflex" – 6:35 Apart from the single, "The Reflex" has appeared on: Albums: Seven and the Ragged Tiger Tiger Tiger! ep Decade Night Versions: The Essential Duran Duran Greatest Strange Behaviour Singles: Capitol Gold Cuts Videos: Dancing on the Valentine Greatest Duran Duran are: Simon Le Bon – vocals Nick Rhodes – keyboards John Taylor – bass guitar Roger Taylor – drums Andy Taylor – guitarAlso credited: Michelle Cobbs – backing vocals B J Nelson – backing vocals Raphael Dejesus – percussion Mark Kennedy – percussion Alex Sadkin – producer Ian Little – producer Nile Rodgers – remixer Jason Corsaro – remix engineer Cover versions have been recorded by Less Than Jake and the duo of Kylie Minogue and Ben Lee. The song has been featured in the soundtracks of several movies, including American Wedding and Corky Romano, it was used in an episode of the short-lived 2002 television series That'80s Show, in which bassist John Taylor made a guest appearance.
The song is featured in the video games DDRMAX2 Dance Dance Revolution 7thMix, Dance Dance Revolution Extreme and Saints Row 2, as part of its 1980s radio station. A chain of 1980s-themed nightclubs in the UK is named after the song; the Birmingham branch is located directly opposite the former site of the Rum Runner, Duran Duran's early home base. Comedian Dave Chappelle sings an excerpt from the song during a "St
A music genre is a conventional category that identifies some pieces of music as belonging to a shared tradition or set of conventions. It is to be distinguished from musical form and musical style, although in practice these terms are sometimes used interchangeably. Academics have argued that categorizing music by genre is inaccurate and outdated. Music can be divided into different genres in many different ways; the artistic nature of music means that these classifications are subjective and controversial, some genres may overlap. There are varying academic definitions of the term genre itself. In his book Form in Tonal Music, Douglass M. Green distinguishes between form, he lists madrigal, canzona and dance as examples of genres from the Renaissance period. To further clarify the meaning of genre, Green writes, "Beethoven's Op. 61 and Mendelssohn's Op. 64 are identical in genre – both are violin concertos – but different in form. However, Mozart's Rondo for Piano, K. 511, the Agnus Dei from his Mass, K. 317 are quite different in genre but happen to be similar in form."
Some, like Peter van der Merwe, treat the terms genre and style as the same, saying that genre should be defined as pieces of music that share a certain style or "basic musical language." Others, such as Allan F. Moore, state that genre and style are two separate terms, that secondary characteristics such as subject matter can differentiate between genres. A music genre or subgenre may be defined by the musical techniques, the style, the cultural context, the content and spirit of the themes. Geographical origin is sometimes used to identify a music genre, though a single geographical category will include a wide variety of subgenres. Timothy Laurie argues that since the early 1980s, "genre has graduated from being a subset of popular music studies to being an ubiquitous framework for constituting and evaluating musical research objects". Among the criteria used to classify musical genres are the trichotomy of art and traditional musics. Alternatively, music can be divided on three variables: arousal and depth.
Arousal reflects the energy level of the music. These three variables help explain why many people like similar songs from different traditionally segregated genres. Musicologists have sometimes classified music according to a trichotomic distinction such as Philip Tagg's "axiomatic triangle consisting of'folk','art' and'popular' musics", he explains that each of these three is distinguishable from the others according to certain criteria. The term art music refers to classical traditions, including both contemporary and historical classical music forms. Art music exists in many parts of the world, it emphasizes formal styles that invite technical and detailed deconstruction and criticism, demand focused attention from the listener. In Western practice, art music is considered a written musical tradition, preserved in some form of music notation rather than being transmitted orally, by rote, or in recordings, as popular and traditional music are. Most western art music has been written down using the standard forms of music notation that evolved in Europe, beginning well before the Renaissance and reaching its maturity in the Romantic period.
The identity of a "work" or "piece" of art music is defined by the notated version rather than by a particular performance, is associated with the composer rather than the performer. This is so in the case of western classical music. Art music may include certain forms of jazz, though some feel that jazz is a form of popular music. Sacred Christian music forms an important part of the classical music tradition and repertoire, but can be considered to have an identity of its own; the term popular music refers to any musical style accessible to the general public and disseminated by the mass media. Musicologist and popular music specialist Philip Tagg defined the notion in the light of sociocultural and economical aspects: Popular music, unlike art music, is conceived for mass distribution to large and socioculturally heterogeneous groups of listeners and distributed in non-written form, only possible in an industrial monetary economy where it becomes a commodity and in capitalist societies, subject to the laws of'free' enterprise... it should ideally sell as much as possible.
Popular music is found on most commercial and public service radio stations, in most commercial music retailers and department stores, in movie and television soundtracks. It is noted on the Billboard charts and, in addition to singer-songwriters and composers, it involves music producers more than other genres do; the distinction between classical and popular music has sometimes been blurred in marginal areas such as minimalist music and light classics. Background music for films/movies draws on both traditions. In this respect, music is like fiction, which draws a distinction between literary fiction and popular fiction, not always precise. Country music known as country and western, hillbilly music, is a genre of popular music that originated in the southern United States in the early 1920s; the polka is a Czech dance and genre of dance music familiar throughout Europe and the Americas. Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and particular
Diana Ross is an American singer and record producer. Born and raised in Detroit, Ross rose to fame as the lead singer of the vocal group the Supremes, during the 1960s, became Motown's most successful act, are the best charting girl group in US history, as well as one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time; the group released a record-setting twelve number-one hit singles on the US Billboard Hot 100, including "Where Did Our Love Go", "Baby Love", "Come See About Me", "Stop! In the Name of Love", "You Can't Hurry Love", "You Keep Me Hangin' On", "Love Child", "Someday We'll Be Together". Following her departure from the Supremes in 1970, Ross released her eponymous debut solo album that same year, featuring the number-one Pop hit "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", she released the album Touch Me in the Morning in 1973. She continued a successful solo career through the 1970s, which included hit albums like Mahogany and Diana Ross and their number-one hit singles, "Theme from Mahogany" and "Love Hangover", respectively.
Her 1980 album Diana produced another number-one single, "Upside Down", as well as the international hit "I'm Coming Out". Ross' final single with Motown during her initial run with the company achieved her sixth and final US number-one Pop hit, the duet "Endless Love" featuring Lionel Richie, whose solo career was launched with its success. Ross has ventured into acting, with a Golden Globe Award and Academy Award-nominated performance for her performance in the film Lady Sings the Blues, she starred in two other feature films and The Wiz acting in the television films Out of Darkness, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award, Double Platinum. Ross was named the "Female Entertainer of the Century" by Billboard magazine. In 1993, the Guinness Book of World Records declared Ross the most successful female music artist in history, due to her success in the United States and United Kingdom for having more hits than any female artist in the charts, with a career total of 70 hit singles with her work with the Supremes and as a solo artist.
In 1988, Ross was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as member of the Supremes, alongside Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard. She was the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2007, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016, she is a 12-time Grammy nominee, never earning a competitive honor, but became the recipient of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. In December 2016, Billboard magazine named her the 50th most successful dance artist of all time. In Billboard magazine's Greatest of All Time Hot 100 Artists chart, she ranked 16th as the lead singer of the Supremes and 26th as a solo artist. In December 2018, Diana Ross consolidated her status as a dance diva by ranking #3 in the Billboard Dance Club Songs Artists year-end chart. Diana Ross was born at the Hutzel Women's Hospital in Detroit on March 26, 1944, she was the second eldest child for Ernestine and Fred Ross, Sr.. Ross's older sister is American physician Barbara Ross-Lee. According to Ross, her mother named her "Diane", but, a clerical error resulted in her name being recorded as "Diana" on her birth certificate.
She was listed as "Diane" during the first Supremes records, she introduced herself as "Diane" until early in the group's heyday. Her friends and family still call her "Diane". Ross's grandfather John E. Ross, a native of Gloucester County, was born to Washington Ross and Virginia Baytop. Virginia Baytop's mother Francis "Frankey" Baytop was a former slave who had become a midwife after the Civil War. Ross and her family lived on Belmont Road in the North End section of Detroit, near Highland Park, where her neighbor was Smokey Robinson; when Ross was seven, her mother contracted tuberculosis, causing her to become ill. Ross's father moved with his children to live with relatives in Alabama. After her mother recovered, her family moved back to Detroit. On her 14th birthday in 1958, her family relocated to the working-class Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects settling at St. Antoine Street. Attending Cass Technical High School, a four-year college and preparatory magnet school, in downtown Detroit, Ross began taking classes including clothing design, pattern making, tailoring, as she had aspired to become a fashion designer.
She took modeling and cosmetology classes at the school and participated in three or four other extracurricular activities while there. Ross worked at Hudson's Department Store where it has been claimed in biographies, she was the first black employee "allowed outside the kitchen". For extra income, she provided hairdressing services for her neighbors. Ross graduated from Cass Tech in January 1962. At fifteen, Ross joined the Primettes, a sister group of a male vocal group called the Primes, after being brought to the attention of music manager Milton Jenkins by Primes member Paul Williams. Along with Ross, the other members included Florence Ballard, the first group member hired by Jenkins, Mary Wilson, Betty McGlown. Following a talent competition win in Windsor, Ontario, in 1960, the Primettes were invited to audition for Motown records. Ballard declined the offer, due to unsavory rumors of the unscrupulous business practices of Motown's founder, Berry Gordy. Following local success via live performances at sock hops, etc. Ross approached former neighbor, William "Smokey" Robinson, who insisted that the group a
Soup for One (song)
"Soup for One" is a song performed by the band Chic. It is featured on the soundtrack album Soup for One. In 2000, it was sampled by the French house duo Modjo for their single "Lady". In live performance, Chic play "Soup for One" in a medley with "Lady"; the song is written in A minor. USA Mirage 7", WTG 4032 A. "Soup for One" - 3:08 B. "Burn Hard" - 3:39USA Mirage 12", DM 4827 A. "Soup for One" - 7:58 B. "Burn Hard" - 5:12 Discogs entry
We Are Family (song)
"We Are Family" is a song recorded by American vocal group Sister Sledge. Composed by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers, they both offered the song to Atlantic Records. Along with the tracks "He's the Greatest Dancer" and "Lost in Music", "We Are Family" reached number 1 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs, it was the theme song for the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates. In 2017, the song was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally or artistically significant." Billboard magazine named the song number 20 on their list of 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time. "We Are Family" was the first song that Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards wrote for any act other than their own band Chic. After their first hit, "Dance, Dance", Atlantic Records President Jerry L. Greenberg wanted the pair to write and produce for other acts on the label, they felt that if they worked as Greenberg had suggested, credit for a hit would just go to those established people, Rodgers/Edwards would not gain proper notice as songwriter/producers.
So the pair suggested that they produce a song for the label's least established act. According to Rodgers, the verses were verbatim based on how Greenberg described Sister Sledge to them when first commissioning the work. Rodgers/Edwards simply walked to the studio, rearranged their notes from the meeting into lyrics, wrote a song melody underneath them; the chorus makes reference to the fact. The song has since gone on to be used more as an expression of solidarity in various contexts, notably as the anthem of the We Are Family Foundation, named after it; the lead vocals to "We Are Family" were recorded in a single take by then-19-year-old Kathy Sledge. A promotional video was filmed in 1979. Artists who have covered the song include Dusty Springfield, Jump5, The Goldman Girls, Jordan Pruitt, Spice Girls, The Corrs, Nobody's Angel, Babes in Toyland and Lodovica Comello. Babes in Toyland's version of the song was more rock oriented and it was a left field Dance club hit in the U. S, it peaked at number 22 on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in 1995.
In addition, Rodgers organized a re-recording of the song in 2001 as a benefit record for the September 11 attacks. This in turn led to his co-creation of the We Are Family Foundation, a global charity named for the song and designed to inspire and educate young people to find solutions to problems such as hunger and illiteracy that impede world peace. Rodgers produced a version featuring characters from popular television shows from PBS Kids and Disney such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Sesame Street, etc; this version aired on Disney Channel, Playhouse Disney, Nick Jr. and PBS Kids as a controversial public service announcement. In December 2007, the song was announced as one of the 2008 inductees to the Grammy Hall of Fame. Kinshuk Nath in 2009 with his own office rendition of "We Are Family"; the song is covered in the 2009 film Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. Japanese trio Home Made Kazoku covered this song in Japanese. In 2013, the Aristofreeks remixed the song with newly re-recorded vocals by Kathy Sledge to be released on The Pacific Electronic Music label in November 2013.
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