Daft Punk’s new single revolves around a guitar line from Nile Rodgers that’s groovy enough to both overcome Pharrell’s terrible singing and make you wonder — what the heck has Nile Rodgers been up to lately? The man helped found the band Chic, a group that ruled disco and changed pop in the late 70s. Then in the 80s, Rodgers was an unstoppable writer of hits, helping out the likes of Madonna, David Bowie and Mick Jagger. But he hasn’t put out any exciting music in a while.
When he wasn’t in the studio with celebrities, Rodgers also put out a couple under appreciated solo albums in 1983 and 1985, Land Of The Good Groove and B-Movie Matinee respectively. Land Of The Good Groove has the better title, but B-Movie is the better album, filled with driving, brittle drums, jabbing synthesizers, and waves of Rodgers’ intricate guitar parts.
Below, an excellent music video for “State Your Mind,” one of the best tracks off of B-Movie. Hopefully he’s got a B-Movie sequel in him.