From The Desk Of Britta Phillips: “Le Freak: An Upside Down Story Of Family, Disco, And Destiny” By Nile Rodgers

You know Britta Phillips from the bands Luna and Dean & Britta, but now she has a debut solo album, Luck Or Magic. The record features five Phillips originals alongside covers of songs by the Cars, Evie Sands, Fleetwood Mac, Dennis Wilson and ABBA’s Agnatha Fältskog. Phillips will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week.

Nile

Phillips: I rediscovered Nile Rodgers when Random Access Memories came out, or, rather, when “Get Lucky” was released. I love great disco, and the way Nile describes how people felt dancing together on the floor back in the day makes me misty. I know there was a lot of coke and ecstasy, but I like to think that some people got high on a communal body buzz, as well. I used to listen to disco in my car alone when I was a teenager because all my friends though it sucked. I loved rock ‘n’ roll, too, but back in 1979 you had to choose. I’m glad that’s all over. I just watched Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense and kept thinking, Chic! Nile and Bernard! I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve only just realized what an amazing bassist Tina Weymouth is … I mean, I knew she was, I just didn’t get it on the level I should have before. I can’t play that funky, but I did play a little funkier on my solo album than I have in the past, and it’s thanks to Nile and Daft Punk and going back to those early Chic songs. Bernard Edwards. Why isn’t he on all the “greatest bass players” lists? Maybe I’m looking at the wrong ones, but he should be on all of them. Back to Nile. He has an amazing story and went through a hell of a lot, but the book is a fun, light read.

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