Real People (album)

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Real People
Chic - Real People.jpg
Studio album by Chic
Released June 30, 1980
Recorded 1980
Genre Disco, funk, R&B, jazz, samba
Length 37:03
Label Atlantic
Producer Nile Rodgers, Bernard Edwards
Chic chronology
Les Plus Grands Succès De Chic: Chic's Greatest Hits
Real People
Take It Off
Singles from Real People
  1. "Rebels Are We"
    Released: 1980
  2. "Real People"
    Released: 1980
  3. "Chip off the Old Block"
    Released: 1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A[2]
Smash Hits 8/10[3]

Real People is the fourth studio album by American R&B band Chic, released on Atlantic Records in 1980. It includes the singles "Rebels Are We" (US R&B #10, Pop #61) and "Real People" (#51 R&B, #79 Pop).

The album was one of four written and produced by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers in 1980, the other three being Sister Sledge's Love Somebody Today, Sheila and B. Devotion's King of the World, and Diana Ross' multi-platinum selling album Diana.

The album peaked at #30 on the US Albums chart and #8 on the US R&B chart, a modest commercial success in comparison both to the Diana Ross project and their previous albums, most likely due to the so-called "anti-disco backlash". Though in spite of the backlash, all of the album cuts peaked at #29 on the American dance charts.[4]

Real People was released on CD by Atlantic Records/Warner Music in 1991. It was digitally remastered and reissued by Wounded Bird Records in 2003.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers.

Side A[edit]

  1. "Open Up" - 3:52
  2. "Real People" - 5:20 About this sound Listen 
  3. "I Loved You More" - 3:06
  4. "I Got Protection" - 6:22

Side B[edit]

  1. "Rebels Are We" - 4:53 About this sound Listen 
  2. "Chip Off the Old Block" - 4:56
  3. "26" - 3:57 About this sound Listen 
  4. "You Can't Do It Alone" - 4:39



  • Bernard Edwards - producer for Chic Organization Ltd.
  • Nile Rodgers - producer for Chic Organization Ltd.
  • Bob Clearmountain - engineer
  • Lucy Laurie - assistant engineer
  • Jeff Hendrickson - assistant engineer
  • Garry Rindfuss - assistant engineer
  • Dennis King - mastering
  • All songs recorded and mixed at Power Station, New York.
  • Mastered at Atlantic Studios, NY.


  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Real People – Chic | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Chic". Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Hillier, Bev. "Albums". Smash Hits (July 24 – August 6 1980): 29. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 57.