Are you feeling lucky? We sure are, and not only because Nile Rodgers will have the East End on its feet tonight at AFTEE’s Nile Rodgers Dance Party. No, every music lover’s has been celebrating fates’ bringing together Rodgers and Daft Punk for the latest in our Top 100 Songs of Summer Countdown, a cut that has defined not only summer 2013 but, it is safe to say, will serenade many summers to come.
Hamptons 100 Songs of Summer #17
“Get Lucky” by Daft Punk, featuring Pharrell and Nile Rodgers
Nile Rodgers has been making hits since Jimmy Carter was in the White House—performing classics such as “Le Freak” and “Good Times” with his band Chic, writing “We Are Family” for Sister Sledge and “I’m Coming Out” for Diana Ross, producing Madonna’s Like a Virgin and David Bowie’s Let’s Dance and Duran Duran and Britney Spears and…the list goes on longer than a Hypagon remix. This summer he hit a whole new high when he teamed up with Daft Punk on their album Random Access Memories and created “Get Lucky,” a hit that, Rodgers is proud to say, went “number one in more than 90 countries”—a hit Rodgers has called one of the most influential of his career. That’s akin to Babe Ruth picking a most influential home run, Warren Buffett a most influential day of trading. But neither of those guys can groove like Nile Rodgers.
Rodgers will likely leave another musical mark on the summer with “Lay Me Down,” his collaboration with Adam Lambert and Avicii, and he has hinted that the “lost” Chic material he recently discovered may be cause for his working with Daft Punk yet again. Perhaps a Top Nile Rodgers Songs of Summer Countdown is in order?