Main | Friday, January 02, 2009

#1 This Week In 1978

Contrary to popular opinion at the time, Chic's 1978 smash Le Freak was not written to capitalize on the freak dance craze then sweeping the world. The song actually came about when the band was turned away at Studio 54 because Grace Jones forgot to leave their name at the door. Walking home that night, bandmates Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards composed the song as Fuck Off, a message to the Studio 54 staff. The band had serious plans to release the single as Fuck Off, but later changed the hook to "freak out".

TRIVIA: Le Freak was the first single in Billboard chart history to return to #1 three separate times. It remains the greatest selling single for Atlantic Records and is #19 on the Billboard All Time Top 100.

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