Risqué is the third studio album by American disco band Chic, released on Atlantic Records on July 30, 1979. One of the records that defined the disco era,[3] the album became highly influential not only within the movement, but also in other styles such as hip hop, art rock and new wave.[4] In 2020, Rolling Stone ranked the album at number 414 on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[5]

Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 30, 1979
StudioPower Station, New York City
Chic chronology
C'est Chic
Les Plus Grands Succès De Chic: Chic's Greatest Hits
Singles from Risqué
  1. "Good Times"
    Released: June 1979 [1]
  2. "My Forbidden Lover"
    Released: September 1979
  3. "My Feet Keep Dancing"
    Released: December 1979 [2]

Release edit

Risqué includes three classic Chic hits; "Good Times" (#1 US Pop, #1 US R&B June 23, 1979, #5 UK), "My Forbidden Lover" (#33 US R&B, #43 US Pop October 13, 1979, #15 UK) and "My Feet Keep Dancing" (#42 US R&B, #101 US Pop December 8, 1979, #21 UK). Risqué reached #5 on the US albums chart and #2 on the US R&B chart. It has been certified Platinum by the RIAA for sales over 1 million copies. It peaked at #29 in the UK and was certified Silver by the BPI.

Risqué was released on compact disc by Atlantic Records/Warner Music in 1991 (catalogue number 7567-80406-2). The album was digitally remastered and re-issued by Warner Music Japan in 2011.

Critical reception edit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [4]
Christgau's Record GuideA−[6]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music     [7]
Mojo     [8]
MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide     [9]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide     [11]
Smash Hits8½/10[12]
Sounds     [13]
Spin Alternative Record Guide9/10[14]

Risqué received widespread critical acclaim for its lyrics and tone. The Bay State Banner wrote that "one hears lyrics that are sometimes almost indictments and other times reflective... The beat is more aggressive, the sound tougher and the vocals—while still repetitive and delivered flatly—are arranged and produced so that they demand attention and focus in quickly on a song's sentiments."[15]

In a review for BBC, Daryl Easlea called the album "one of the greatest exhibits in the case for disco's defence," and saying that it was "Chic's most sustained artistic statement, a celebration of a 70s that was collapsing under its own excess and hedonism."[16]

Legacy edit

"Good Times" has been extensively sampled in other artists' works, most notably in the first top 40 rap single, "Rapper's Delight" by Sugarhill Gang, that same year. "Will You Cry" was sampled in "Just a Moment" by Nas from the 2004 album Street's Disciple.

Accolades edit

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Blender United States The 100 Greatest American Albums of All time[citation needed] 2002 36
Dave Marsh and Kevin Stein The 40 Best of Album Chartmakers by Year [citation needed] 1981 7
Robert Dimery 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die[citation needed] 2013 *
Rolling Stone The Essential 200 Rock Records[citation needed] 1997 *
The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time[17] 2020 414
Tom Moon 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die[citation needed] 2008 *
The Guardian United Kingdom 100 Albums that Don't Appear in All Other Top 100 Album Lists[citation needed] 1999 34
1000 Albums to Hear Before You Die[citation needed] 2007 *
My Favourite Album Series[citation needed] 2011 *
Guardian Writers' Favourite Albums Ever[citation needed] 2013 17
Mojo Mojo 1000, the Ultimate CD Buyers Guide[citation needed] 2001 *
The Mojo Collection, 3rd and/or 4th Edition[citation needed] 2003/2007 *
Paul Morley Words and Music, 5 x 100 Greatest Albums of All Time[citation needed] 2003 *
NME Albums of the Year[citation needed] 1979 23
NME's The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time[citation needed] 2013 208
Q The 50 Best Albums of the 70s[citation needed] 1998 45
The Rough Guide Soul: 100 Essential CDs[citation needed] 2000 *
Gilles Verlant France 300+ Best Albums in the History of Rock[citation needed] 2013 *
Les Inrockuptibles 50 Years of Rock'n'Roll[citation needed] 2004 *
Philippe Manœuvre 100 Necessary Albums[citation needed] 2014 *
Rock & Folk The 300 Best Albums from 1965-1995[citation needed] 1995 *
The Best Albums from 1963 to 1999[citation needed] 1999 *
555 Albums from 1954-2014[citation needed] 2014 *
Télérama The Best Albums of All Time[citation needed] 1993 *
(*) designates lists that are unordered.

Track listing edit

All tracks are written by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers

Side one
1."Good Times"8:08
2."A Warm Summer Night"6:10
3."My Feet Keep Dancing"6:38
Side two
4."My Forbidden Lover"4:39
5."Can't Stand to Love You"2:56
6."Will You Cry (When You Hear This Song)"4:06
7."What About Me?"4:09

Personnel edit

Tap Dancers on "My Feet Keep Dancing"

Production edit

  • Bernard Edwards – producer for Chic Organization Ltd., arrangements and conductor
  • Nile Rodgers – producer for Chic Organization Ltd., arrangements and conductor
  • Bob Clearmountain – sound engineer
  • Jim Galante – assistant engineer
  • Jeff Hendrickson – assistant engineer
  • Peter Robbins – assistant engineer
  • Jackson Schwartz – assistant engineer
  • Raymond Willard – assistant engineer
  • Dennis King – mastering
  • Carin Goldberg – art direction
  • Ken Ambrose – photography
  • All songs recorded and mixed at The Power Station (New York, NY)
  • Additional recording at Electric Lady Studios (New York, NY) and Kendun Recorders (Burbank, CA)
  • Mastered at Atlantic Studios (New York, NY)

Certifications edit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[18] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[19] Platinum 1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References edit

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  3. ^ Hamsley, David (2015). To Disco, with Love: The Records That Defined an Era. Flatiron Books. p. 285. ISBN 978-1250068453.
  4. ^ a b Henderson, Alex. "Risqué – Chic". AllMusic. Retrieved February 4, 2016.
  5. ^ "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time". Rolling Stone. September 22, 2020. Retrieved October 27, 2020.
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Chic: Risque". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor and Fields. ISBN 0-89919-026-X. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  7. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). "Chic". The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0-85712-595-8.
  8. ^ Brown, Geoff (October 2018). "Three Cheers!". Mojo. No. 299. p. 39.
  9. ^ MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Visible Ink Press. 1996. p. 137.
  10. ^ Beta, Andy (December 12, 2018). "Chic / Sister Sledge: The Chic Organization 1977–1979". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  11. ^ Sisario, Ben (2004). "Chic". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 161. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  12. ^ Starr, Red (September 6–19, 1979). "Albums". Smash Hits. Vol. 1, no. 20. p. 25.
  13. ^ Silverton, Peter (August 11, 1979). "Chic: Risqué (Atlantic K50634)". Sounds. Retrieved October 27, 2020 – via Rock's Backpages.
  14. ^ Walters, Barry (1995). "Chic". In Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig (eds.). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. pp. 81–82. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  15. ^ Lane, George (30 Aug 1979). "Shades of Blue". Bay State Banner. No. 47. p. 21.
  16. ^ Easlea, Daryl (2011). "Review of Chic - Risqué". BBC. Retrieved April 17, 2022.
  17. ^ "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time". Rolling Stone. 22 September 2020.
  18. ^ "British album certifications – Chic – Risque". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved December 17, 2019.
  19. ^ "American album certifications – Chic – Risque". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 17, 2019.

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