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How radio is nothing like ‘Frasier’

Firstly, let’s get this straight - I love Frasier. So much in fact that I’ve probably watched each and every one of the 264 episodes at least six times. I also love radio, having spent most of my child-hood sitting alone in my bedroom pretending to be a DJ, and now being lucky enough to work in radio for a living. But despite all this, let me be clear - real radio is NOTHING like Frasier, for the following reasons ...

1) When he casually rocks up for his show with seconds to go.

2) When he needs a stand-in so just asks his brother.

3) When he’s asked to make his own jingle (seriously - they can afford to pay him enough to live in THAT apartment but they can’t afford their own jingles?)


Concert date: 20th March 2015

If you came here expecting something other than a nauseatingly sycophantic eulogy to the musical genius of Nile Rodgers - then you might be advised to stop reading now. Because otherwise I make no excuse for the Grade A tush-tasting that is about to ensue.

Nile Rodgers and Chic

I’ve always been a Chic fan, from long before I saw them live at the Roundhouse in Camden last night. But even when you’re familiar with their entire back catalogue it still never ceases to amaze just how many hits Nile Rodgers, along with his now departed partner in crime Bernard Edwards, has been responsible for.

After a heartfelt speech from Rodgers explaining how his cancer diagnosis four years ago persuaded him to make more music than ever before, the group embarked on a non-stop parade of history’s greatest floor-fillers. They opened with the hit that introduced the concept of Chic to the world, Everybody Dance, followed by two of their more under-rated tracks Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah) and I Want Your Love, with the latter featuring a particularly spectacular guitar and bass combo from Rodgers and the man who nowadays fills Bernard Edwards’ shoes - Jerry Barnes.

Then came the time for hits written or produced by Rodgers and Edwards for some of the worlds biggest artists. I’m Coming Out and Upside Down as made famous by Diana Ross, Lady (Hear Me Tonight) by Modjo - a song whose bass line is ripped straight from Chic's...