Good Times (Chic song)

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"Good Times"
Single by Chic
from the album Risqué
B-side "A Warm Summer Night"
Released 1979
Format
Recorded 1979
Genre Disco
Length 3:24
Label Atlantic 3584
Writer(s) Bernard Edwards
Nile Rodgers
Producer(s) Bernard Edwards
Nile Rodgers
Chic singles chronology
"I Want Your Love"
(1978)
"Good Times"
(1979)
"My Forbidden Lover"
(1979)
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"Good Times" is a 1979 song composed by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers. It was first recorded by their band, Chic, for their 1979 album, Risqué. In August of that year it became the band's second number one single on both the Billboard Hot 100 and soul singles chart.[1] Along with the tracks, "My Forbidden Lover", and "My Feet Keep Dancing", "Good Times" reached number three on the disco charts.[2] The song has become one of the most sampled tunes in music history, most notably in rap and hip-hop music. Billboard magazine named "Good Times" the number one R&B single for 1979.

The song is ranked #229 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Lyrics[edit]

The lyrics are largely based on Milton Ager's "Happy Days Are Here Again." It also contains lines based on lyrics featured in "About a Quarter to Nine" made famous by Al Jolson. Nile Rodgers has stated that these depression-era lyrics were used as a hidden way to comment on the then-current economic depression in the United States.[3]

Track listings[edit]

Atlantic 7" 3584, June 4, 1979
  • A. "Good Times" (7" Edit) - 3:24
  • B. "A Warm Summernight" - 6:08
Atlantic 12" DK 4801, 1979
  • A. "Good Times" - 8:13
  • B. "A Warm Summernight" - 6:08
Atlantic promo 12" DSKO 192, 1979
  • A. "Good Times" - 8:13
  • B. "Good Times" (7" Edit) - 3:24

Chart positions[edit]

Charts (1979) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 26
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 3
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Singles 1
UK Singles Chart 5

Sampling and motifs[edit]

The backing track of "Good Times" was notably recreated in The Sugarhill Gang's 1979 single "Rapper's Delight", a key track in the development of hip hop. Rodgers and Edwards threatened legal action over copyright, which resulted in a settlement and their being credited as co-writers.[4] Rodgers admitted that he was originally upset with the song, but would later declare it to be "one of his favorite songs of all time" and his favorite of all the tracks that sampled Chic. (Although it wasn't sampled, it was re-created)[5] He also stated that "as innovative and important as 'Good Times' was, 'Rapper's Delight' was just as much, if not more so."[6] Traditionally, Chic's live performances of "Good Times" incorporate a portion of "Rapper's Delight" including audience participation call-and-response.

This is a list of songs that either use direct samples from "Good Times", or feature an original recording where Bernard Edwards's bassline or other motifs (particularly that of the instrumental break) are inspired by the song.

Covers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 116. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 56. 
  3. ^ EMP Museum, "Happy Days Are Here Again", EMP Oral History Videos, Category: Black History Month, Nile Rodgers interviewed June 25, 2002, Seattle, Washington
  4. ^ "The Story of Rapper's Delight by Nile Rodgers". RapProject.tv. Retrieved October 12, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Nile Rodgers interviewed by Peter Paphides". Twentyfirstcenturymusic.blogspot.com. November 10, 2011. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ Video on YouTube
  8. ^ "Seamus Haji V Mark Knight & Funkagenda - Good Times". Missspelt Music. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 

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Preceded by
"Bad Girls" by Donna Summer
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
August 18, 1979
Succeeded by
"My Sharona" by The Knack
Preceded by
"Bad Girls" by Donna Summer
Billboard's Hot Soul Singles number one single
July 28 - September 1, 1979
Succeeded by
"Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" by Michael Jackson