Good Times (Chic song)

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"Good Times"
Good Times by Chic US 12-inch Side-A.png
Side one of US 12-inch single
Single by Chic
from the album Risqué
B-side"A Warm Summer Night"
ReleasedJune 4, 1979
Recorded1978
GenreFunk, disco
Length
  • 8:08 (LP version)
  • 3:42 (7-inch edit)
LabelAtlantic (3584)
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Bernard Edwards
  • Nile Rodgers
Chic singles chronology
"I Want Your Love"
(1979)
"Good Times"
(1979)
"My Forbidden Lover"
(1979)

"Good Times" is a song by American R&B band Chic from their third album Risqué (1979). It ranks 68th on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time,[1] and has become one of the most sampled tunes in music history, most notably in hip hop music.

Lyrics and inspiration[edit]

The lyrics include a reference to 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 Great Depression-era lyrics were used as a hidden way to comment on the then-current economic conditions in the United States.[2]

In a 2015 interview Rodgers stated that "Good Times" was partly inspired by the 1974 Kool & The Gang song "Hollywood Swinging".[3]

Chart performance[edit]

The song hit number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 on August 18, 1979, before being ousted by The Knack's smash hit "My Sharona" the following week.[4] Along with the songs "My Forbidden Lover" and "My Feet Keep Dancing", "Good Times" reached #3 on the disco chart.[5] It reportedly sold more than 5 million copies, making it, at the time, the best-selling 45 rpm single in the history of Atlantic Records.[6] Billboard magazine named "Good Times" the number one soul single of 1979. Cash Box praised the "excellent production" and "bright, sassy female vocals."[7]

Track listing and formats[edit]

7" vinyl single

  • A. "Good Times" – 3:42
  • B. "A Warm Summer Night" – 6:08

12" vinyl single

  • A. "Good Times" – 8:10
  • B. "A Warm Summer Night" – 6:08

Promo 12" vinyl single

  • A. "Good Times" – 8:08
  • B. "Good Times" – 3:42

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[17] Silver 200,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[18] Gold 1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Disco Montego version[edit]

"Good Times"
Single by Disco Montego featuring Selwyn, Katie Underwood, Peta Morris and Jeremy Gregory
ReleasedNovember 4, 2002 (2002-11-04)[19]
Recorded2002
Length4:01
LabelWarner Music
Songwriter(s)
Disco Montego singles chronology
"Magic"
(2002)
"Good Times"
(2002)
"U Talkin' to Me"
(2002)
Selwyn singles chronology
"Like This, Like That"
(2002)
"Good Times"
(2002)
"Boomin'"
(2004)
Katie Underwood singles chronology
"Magic"
(2002)
"Good Times"
(2002)
"Danger"
(2003)
Peta Morris singles chronology
"The Sound of Breaking Up"
(2001)
"Good Times"
(2002)
"Sunshine Eyes"
(2005)
Jeremy Gregory singles chronology
"Good Times"
(2002)
"That's What's Goin' Down"
(2003)

"Good Times" was covered by Australian musicians Disco Montego, Selwyn, Katie Underwood, Peta Morris, and Jeremy Gregory and released on November 4, 2002. It was released as part of Australia's 'Rumba' music festival, which took place in November and December 2002 across Australia.[20][21] The song peaked at number 52 on the ARIA Singles Chart in December 2002 in its sixth week.

Track listing[edit]

CD single

  1. "Good Times"
  2. "Good Times" (karaoke version)
  3. "Disco Montego Megamix"
  4. "Good Times" (extended mix)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[22] 52

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. Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards threatened legal action over copyright, which resulted in a settlement and them being credited as co-writers.[23] 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[24] (the song used samples of the strings, and an interpolation of the bass line).[25] He also stated that "as innovative and important as 'Good Times' was, 'Rapper's Delight' was just as much, if not more so."[26] Traditionally, Chic's live performances of "Good Times" incorporate a portion of "Rapper's Delight" including audience participation call-and-response.[citation needed]

UK garage group Da Click's 1999 debut single "Good Rhymes" interpolated the song's bassline and chorus along with vocals from Luther Vandross' "Never Too Much".

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chic, 'Good Times'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 10, 2021.
  2. ^ EMP Museum, "Happy Days Are Here Again" Archived September 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, EMP Oral History Videos, Category: Black History Month. Nile Rodgers interviewed June 25, 2002, Seattle, Washington.
  3. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "Nile Rodgers Discusses Legendary Bassline of "Good Times," Sampling & FOLD! Festival". YouTube.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 116.
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 56.
  6. ^ George, Nelson (1988). The Death of Rhythm & Blues. New York, NY: Pantheon Books. p. 157. ISBN 0142004081. Retrieved June 14, 2015.
  7. ^ "CashBox Singles Reviews" (PDF). Cash Box. June 16, 1979. p. 20. Retrieved January 1, 2022.
  8. ^ a b "Top 100 Músicas Mais Tocadas em 1979" [Top 100 Most Played Songs of 1979] (in Portuguese). Retrieved June 18, 2022.
  9. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Chic" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  10. ^ "Chic – Good Times". Top 40 Singles.
  11. ^ "Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  12. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Chic – Good Times". GfK Entertainment charts. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  13. ^ "Top 100 Singles (1979)". RPM. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  14. ^ Musicoutfitters.com
  15. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs – Year-End 1979". Billboard. Retrieved August 6, 2021.
  16. ^ "Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 29, 1979". Archived from the original on July 13, 2014. Retrieved October 15, 2017.
  17. ^ "British single certifications – Chic – Good Times/I Want Your Love". British Phonographic Industry.
  18. ^ "American single certifications – Chic – Good Times". Recording Industry Association of America.
  19. ^ "The ARIA Report: New Releases Singles – Week Commencing 4th November 2002" (PDF). ARIA. November 4, 2002. p. 30. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 23, 2008. Retrieved May 8, 2022.
  20. ^ "Rumba kicks off in Australia". Sydney Morning Herald. December 4, 2002. Retrieved June 25, 2016.
  21. ^ "RUMBA 2002 - RUMBA 2002". Frontier Touring. 2002. Retrieved June 25, 2016.
  22. ^ "Issue 668" ARIA Top 100 Singles. National Library of Australia. Retrieved May 8, 2022.
  23. ^ "The Story of Rapper's Delight by Nile Rodgers". RapProject.tv. Archived from the original on December 13, 2021. Retrieved October 12, 2008.
  24. ^ "Nile Rodgers interviewed by Peter Paphides". Twentyfirstcenturymusic.blogspot.com. November 10, 2011. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  25. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "Nile Rodgers Discusses Legendary Bassline of "Good Times," Sampling & FOLD! Festival". YouTube.
  26. ^ [1] Archived October 13, 2007, at the Wayback Machine

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