C'est Chic

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C'est Chic
Studio album by Chic
Released August 11, 1978
Recorded 1978
Genre Disco, funk, R&B
Length 41:23
Label Atlantic
Producer Nile Rodgers, Bernard Edwards
Chic chronology
Chic
(1977)
C'est Chic
(1978)
Risqué
(1979)
Singles from C'est Chic
  1. "Le Freak"
    Released: July 10, 1978
  2. "I Want Your Love"
    Released: 1978
  3. "Chic Cheer"
    Released: 1978
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B[2]
Rolling Stone 4.5/5 stars[3]
Chic's "Le Freak" from C'est Chic

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C'est Chic is the second studio album by American R&B band Chic, released on Atlantic Records in 1978.

C'est Chic includes the band's classic hit "Le Freak", which topped the US Hot 100 chart, US R&B, and US Club Play in October 1978, selling six million copies in the US alone and is to date both Atlantic Records' and parent company Warner Music's best-selling single ever – a record it's held for 35 years. C'est Chic also contains follow-up single "I Want Your Love" (#5 R&B, No. 7 Pop February 17, 1979) and the track that has since become the band's anthem; "Chic Cheer".

The C'est Chic album reached No. 4 on Billboard's album chart and topped the US R&B chart for eleven weeks. C'est Chic was Billboard Magazine's 1979 R&B Album of the Year, claiming the number one spot on Billboard's Year End Review. The album was certified platinum by RIAA, selling well over a million copies.

C'est Chic was transferred to compact disc and re-released by Atlantic Records/Warner Music in 1991 (catalogue number 7567-81552-2). The album was digitally remastered and re-issued by Warner Music Japan in 2011.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers.

Side A
  1. "Chic Cheer" – 4:42
  2. "Le Freak" – 5:23 About this sound Listen 
  3. "Savoir Faire" – 5:01
  4. "Happy Man" – 4:17
Side B
  1. "I Want Your Love" – 6:45 About this sound Listen 
  2. "At Last I Am Free" – 7:08
  3. "Sometimes You Win" – 4:26
  4. "(Funny) Bone" – 3:41

LP only hidden track- moog solo

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Bernard Edwards – producer for Chic Organization Ltd.
  • Nile Rodgers – producer for Chic Organization Ltd.
  • Bob Clearmountainsound engineer
  • Burt Szerlip – engineer
  • Jeff Hendrickson – engineer
  • Ray Willard – engineer
  • All songs recorded and mixed at Power Station in New York. Mastered at Atlantic Studios, N.Y.

Trivia[edit]

In 1979 Chic Cheer was used by Dutch satirists Van Kooten & De Bie in a sketch about two scheming gangsters (Jacobse & Van Es) purchasing an equally dodgy car.

Early 1980 their compatriot Dingetje (more or less the Dutch Weird Al Yankovic) made it the backing track for Dit is de zender van Illegale Joop chronicling a 27 MC-conversation on soon-to-be-closed pirate-radio.

In 1980 Robert Wyatt released his version of "At Last I Am Free" as a 7" single on Rough Trade Records. The same recording was later included on the 1981 album Nothing Can Stop Us.

The intro cinematic in the video game Krazy Ivan has this song as part of its background music.

"Le Freak" is one of the featured songs in the video game Dance Dance Revolution SuperNova 2.

"Chic Cheer" was sampled in Faith Evans' "Love Like This", which in turn was sampled in Fatman Scoop's "Be Faithful".

"Le Freak" is heard in the 2004 movie Shrek 2.

"Le Freak" was also used in a 2013 commercial for the Toyota Corolla vehicle.

See also[edit]

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