Nile Rodgers secretly created the coolest pop music on the planet

In this BBC documentary called “The Hitmaker,” we learn that Nile Rodgers not only spearheaded Chic, but he is basically the Chuck Norris of pop production. He was classically trained and went on to provide the uber funkiness in the pop, disco and R&B songs of the 70s, 80s, and 90s. You’re going to le Freak when I start embedding some of the songs he produced, after the jump (below). Let’s see… David Bowie, Sister Sledge, Madonna, Duran Duran, and (yes, sadly) Daft Punk’s latest attempt at mining other people’s creative capital for their own good. He migrated the funk and disco aesthetic over to pop music, and you didn’t even see it coming. Here are some examples:

Sister Sledge: “We are Family”

David Bowie: “Let’s Dance”

Duran Duran: “Notorious”

Madonna: “Like a Virgin” (so over-compressed, says the music nerd part of me)

  • Liz

    Neat, he had a VH1 show, too: Thanks, Ramon Cota!

  • Liz

    I didn’t want to mention the sympathy aspect, originally, but I should add this to the discussion for the sake of urgency: Nile was diagnosed with one of those cancers that are hard to treat slash fix. I think his recent resurgence in the electronic music industry is related to him feeling like he needs his peers to validate his work and appreciate what he contributed to the dialog of music, before he decides to check out.

    THX Nile!