Chic

Good Times

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Three's a charm is a popular saying. After having gold and platinum success with their first two LPs, Chic was in a position to ponder both their past and their future. Having avoided the dreaded hit-stalling sophomore curse, the group was flushed with optimism when the lead single to the third LP, Risque, was put on the release schedule. "My Feet Feel Like Dancing" was a pleasant enough mid-tempo disco record with a sharp string arrangement and a clever "tap dancing" section courtesy of Fayard Nicholas of the famed Nicholas Brothers and Eugene Jackson of Our Gang, aka The Little Rascals. Though Atlantic Records was excited about the record, group founders/songwriters/producers Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards didn't feel quite right about the track being the first single. It caused so much consternation between the two that they gave each other the silent treatment until Rodgers urged his partner to open up. They both came to the conclusion that they really wanted another track titled "Good Times" to be the lead single. The idea of the song came from Rodgers and Edwards' reaction to the media criticism that tried to tagged the group's music as inconsequential. They seemed to miss the point that Chic made good-time dance music and somehow they'd amazingly overlooked the band's formidable playing skills and considerable stylistic range. The thumping "Good Times" stayed at number one R&B for six weeks and hit number one pop in summer 1979. It also had a key part in fueling the emerging rap music genre. The Sugarhill Gang used the song's trademark riff on "Rappers Delight." Rodgers and Edwards didn't start legal action until the record was well on its way to becoming a million-seller, in the end sharing writers' credits on the groundbreaking rap single. "Good Times"'s groove was also the basis of Queen's 1980 number one pop hit "Another One Bites the Dust."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Risqué 1979 Atlantic 8:08
No Image 1979 Atlantic 8:13
No Image 1990
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:44
Sounds of the Seventies: 1979 1990
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:44
Dance, Dance, Dance: The Best of Chic 1991 Atlantic 8:13
No Image 1992
Various Artists
Rhino 0:00
The Disco Years, Vol. 4: Lost in Music 1992
Various Artists
Rhino 3:45
Dance Seventies 1995
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 8:13
Mighty Real Dance Classics 1995
Various Artists
Capitol 3:43
Only Dance: 1975-1979 1995
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 3:40
Disco Nights, Vol. 4: Disco Groups 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records 6:24
No Image 1995 Rhino
18 Disco Superhits 1996
Various Artists
Rhino / JCI Associated Labels 3:40
Street Jams: Back 2 the Old Skool, Vol. 3 1996
Various Artists
Skanless / Rhino 8:07
Disco Mix 96 1996
Various Artists
WEA International
Dance, Dance, Dance & Other Hits 1997 Rhino Flashback 8:15
Disco Hits [Rhino] 1997
Various Artists
Rhino Flashback 3:45
Disco Hits: Good Times 1997
Various Artists
Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback 3:45
Disco Queens: The '70s 1997
Various Artists
Rhino
Dance 70's 1997
Various Artists
Rhino / Essex 8:04
Hot Dance Classics, Vol. 1 1997
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 3:44
Old School Mega Mix, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
Cold Front Records / K-Tel Distribution 3:39
AM Gold: 1979 1997
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:44
Original Party Music 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:44
Pure Funk 1998
Various Artists
Polygram 3:41
Last Days of Disco 1998
Original Soundtrack
Work Group / Sony Music Distribution 3:45
Everybody Dance: Remixed Dance Classics 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 5:18
Disco Fever, Vol. 1 [SPG] 1998
Various Artists
SPG 3:45
Club Cosmo: Through the Decades 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:44
No Image 1998
Various Artists
Atlantic
Disco Box 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 3:44
Street Jams: Back 2 the Old Skool [Box] 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 8:07
The Very Best of Chic & Sister Sledge 1999 Rhino 5:15
Soul Train: The Dance Years 1979 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 3:44
Millennium Dance Party Mix 1999
Various Artists
Webster Hall Records 3:39
Best Disco Album in the World...Ever!, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:31
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Rhino
Millennium Dance Party: Chicago-The Beat 103.5 2000
Various Artists
Webster Hall Records 3:39
The Very Best of Chic 2000 Rhino 8:15
Jammin' Gold 2000
Various Artists
Q Records / Atlantic 3:44
Disco's Greatest Hits 2000
Various Artists
Trans World 3:44
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Experience Music Project
Millennium Dance Party: Magic 102 - Dallas 2000
Various Artists
Webster Hall Records 3:39
Radio's Greatest Hits: The '70s 2000
Various Artists
Trans World 3:44
Disco Freakout 2001
Various Artists
WEA International 3:23
Minnesota Timberwolves: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Alphabet City Sports Records / Alphabet City 3:37
Utah Jazz: Feed the Fever 2001
Various Artists
Alphabet City Sports Records / Alphabet City 3:40
Back to Black: 1900-1999 2001
Various Artists
Universal International 3:38
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 3:45
Welcome to Ibiza 2001 2001
Various Artists
Digidance 3:25
80's Soul Weekender 2001
Various Artists
Import 3:38
Disco Nights [MCA Special Products] 2001 Crimson Productions 0:00
Tom Joyner Presents: The Old School Mix Returns 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 5:04
Get Down Tonight: The Best of Disco 2002
Various Artists
Flashback Records / Rhino 3:42
Disco Fever, Vol. 1-2 [SPG] 2002
Various Artists
SPG 3:45
Body and Soul: Ladies Got Soul 2002
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:43
The In-Laws 2003
Original Soundtrack
Rhino / Bulletproof 3:43
Boogie Nights: Classic Disco Anthems 2003
Various Artists
Party People 3:40
The '70s Sound, Vol. 2 2003
Various Artists
Flashback Records 3:44
Let's Groove [Sony] 2003
Various Artists
Dmg Tv 3:36
Superstars of Seventies Soul 2004
Various Artists
Shout! Factory / Sony Music Distribution 4:51
Time 100: Music of Our Lives 1960-1980 2004
Various Artists
WEA International 3:44
Complete 80's Soul Weekender 2005
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:37
Best of Chic 2005 Warner Music 8:04
Ultimate Summer Hits: Summer Fun 2006
Various Artists
Collectables 3:43
Old School Jams, Vol. 6 2006
Various Artists
SPG 8:06
The Definitive Groove Collection 2006 Rhino 8:15
The Best of 1979: 20th Century Masters 2008
Various Artists
Strategic Marketing / Universal Music 3:45
100 Hits: Mum 2010
Various Artists
100 Hits 3:42
S.O.U.L. 2011 BMG / Sony Music 8:28
We Love the Nightlife 2012
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:44
The Chic Organization: Up All Night - Disco Edition 2013 Rhino 8:06
The Chic Organization 1977-1979 2018 Rhino 8:06
Rarities, Oddities and Exclusives 2019 Atlantic / Rhino
100 Greatest Breakfast Songs
Various Artists
Rhino 3:37
100 Greatest Motivation Songs
Various Artists
Rhino 8:15
100 Greatest Summer Songs
Various Artists
Rhino 8:06
60 #1 Pop Hits
Various Artists
AAO Music / United Audio Entertainment 7:18
Absolute Disco Classics
Various Artists
Eva
All Good
Various Artists
Rhino 8:15
Feel Good
Various Artists
Rhino
Party All Night [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino 8:06
SingALong
Various Artists
Rhino 8:06
No Image
Various Artists
Allegro
Summer BBQ [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino 8:06
Summer Road Trip [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino 8:06