Once upon a time (in late 1978), I owned the 12-inch dance single played in the video below. Pretty funky vinyl print; not sure what happened to it.
Sure, the song was (and is) overplayed, but it is a true classic disco single – superbly produced by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers. To this day it remains the biggest selling single for the Atlantic Records label, with seven million copies sold to date (four million of those sold in 1978 and 1979).
Number one in the dance clubs this week in 1978…
“Le Freak” by Chic (#1, 1978)
Edwards and Rodgers were truly superb producers. “C’est Chic,” the album on which “Le Freak” appeared, is an excellent set of R&B and dance music. “I Want Your Love,” my favorite all time Chic record, was the follow up single. Produced, arranged, and engineered to perfection, it is a far superior record than “Le Freak” in my opinion. It was also a number one hit on the Disco/Dance Club chart (top ten overall).
On this night, when Americans collectively give thanks, and are doing so THIS year, one of the most difficult in our nation’s history, the man who is president of the United Statescalled a press conferenceto whine and moan and cry like a fucking baby, perpetuating baseless and dangerous conspiracy theories, berating reporters, and undermining democracy.
“This year, our turkey will be smaller and the clatter of cooking a little quieter. There will be no family walks in the cold or playful bickering amongst the grandkids. Like millions of Americans, we are temporarily letting go of the traditions we can’t do safely.”
“It is not a small sacrifice. These moments with our loved ones — time that’s lost — can’t be returned. Yet, we know it’s the price of protecting each other and one we don’t pay alone. Isolated in our own dining rooms and kitchens, scattered from coast to coast, we are healing together.”
An eclectic music mix that can serve as your Thanksgiving soundtrack, should you so choose. Set runs the gamut: From Ella Fitzgerald to Khruangbin, Tom Jones to Bob Mould, Nat King Cole to Elton John, plus new music from the Ghost Twins, Smokey Brights, and Jessica Winter. (Full track listing below the Spotify link.)
Click through, press play, and enjoy.
Have a great Thanksgiving.
Playlist: Thinking of You – Sister Sledge Peg – Steely Dan Love’s a Game – The Magic Numbers Evil Ways – Rusted Root She’s a Lady – Tom Jones California Soul – Marlena Shaw Lady Marmalade – LaBelle People Everywhere (Still Alive) – Khruangbin Save Me – Gotye A Little Bit – The Ghost Twins Hand Over My Heart – The Secret Sisters Faraway Look – Yola Something Got Me Started – Simply Red Every Kinda People – Robert Palmer Stoned – Lewis Taylor Saint – Texas When We Are Together – Texas Squeeze Me – Kraak & Smaak Wine Glass Woman – Mayer Hawthorne History Repeating – The Propellerheads with Shirley Bassey This Town – Frank Sinatra Maybe Tomorrow – Stereophonics I Love You but Damn – Smokey Brights The Fox – Elton John Emotional Love – John Mellencamp Kiss and Tell – Bryan Ferry Lose That Girl – Saint Entienne Sad Music – Jessica Winter When the Morning Comes – Daryl Hall and John Oates Sugar Tongue – Indigo Girls Sooner or Later – Fleetwood Mac Don’t You Want Me – Stella Starlight Trio Never Going Back Again – Fleetwood Mac Jolene – Dolly Parton Light of a Clear Blue Morning – Dolly Parton Me and My Arrow – Harry Nilsson Where Will I Be – Emmylou Harris Share the Moon – Indigo Girls The Power – Cher I Saved the World Today – Eurythmics I Love Paris – Ella Fitzgerald Carla Etude/Fanfare/Chloe – Elton John Sunspots – Bob Mould Goodbye – Emmylou Harris The Very Thought of You – Nat King Cole
The Supreme Court has ruled that the state of New York cannot enforce strict COVID restrictions on houses of worship.
Neil Gorsuch proves what a smug asshole he is in this ruling. He and his merry band of Fascists say the health and welfare of the general public must be put at risk so the American deplorables can worship their little imaginary blonde Jesus in the sky.
And he should be the future of the Republican Party.
Politico takes a lookat Mr. Van Langevelde, and the major, patriotic role he played in keeping our democratic republic intact against the authoritarian, dangerous president. The piece is definitely worth your reading time.
As of 10:00am, PT, 25 Nov: Biden/Harris: 80,086,825 (51.1%) Trump/Pence: 73,8902,604 (47.1%)
Biden’s current total breaks Barack Obama’s record for most votes ever won by a presidential candidate by over 10 million.
Biden’s percentage of the vote (a solid majority of 51.1%) is the highest figure for a challenger who beat a sitting president since 1932, when Franklin Roosevelt won a whopping 57.4% against President Herbert Hoover during the Great Depression. Ronald Reagan won 50% against President Jimmy Carter in 1980, and Bill Clinton won 43% (in a three way race) against President George H.W. Bush in 1992.
Biden’s six million vote margin, while nowhere near a landslide, is rather comfortable. The allocated 306 votes in the Electoral College is also a relatively comfortable total.
For reference, Harry Truman was elected to a full four year term of his own in 1948 with 49.5% of the popular vote and 303 electoral votes; John Kennedy was elected in 1960 with 49.7% of the popular vote and, like Truman, 303 electoral votes. Both men are often considered among the 10 best presidents in U.S. history.
I would say, then, that while we need to see how he and his team perform, Joe Biden starts out in pretty damn good company.