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Fact #159617


Short story:

Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards of Chic are refused entry to the exclusive Studio 54 night club in New York City, USA. The pair are so angry that they are inspired to write a song called "F**k Off" which will eventually be released under a more commercially-marketable title, Le Freak.

Full article:

Nile Rodgers : We were invited to meet with Grace Jones at Studio 54. She wanted to interview us about recording her next album. At that time, our music was fairly popular – 'Dance, Dance, Dance' was a big hit – but Grace Jones didn't leave our name at the door and the doorman wouldn't let us in.

We stood there as long as we could take it, until our feet were just finally way too cold. We were really totally dejected. We felt horrible.

We grabbed a couple of bottles of champagne from the corner liquor store and then went back to my place, plugged in our instruments and started jamming. We were just yelling obscenities: Fuck Studio 54 ... Fuck 'em ... Fuck off ... Fuck those scumbags ... fuck them! And we were laughing. We were entertaining the hell out of ourselves. We had a blast. And finally it hit Bernard. He said, 'Hey Nile, what you're playing sounds really good.'

First, we changed it from 'fuck off' to 'freak off,' and that was pretty hideous. Then, all of a sudden it just hit me. One second the light bulb went on and I sang 'Aaaaahh, freak out!'
(Source : interview in Sound On Sound, 2005)