2013’s comeback king, Nile Rodgers declared that he “loves being a gun for hire” on the latest episode of Prince Paul’s All Purpose Show, available on YouTube. The Chic maestro also lists his 5 favorite records that he’s produced, in a career that has reached a new apex this year thanks to the success of his collaboration with French electronic duo Daft Punk.
Rodgers lists Chic’s eponymous disco funk debut, Diana his ’80 album with Motown legend Diana Ross, Sister Sledge’s We Are Family, as well as Madonna’s Like a Virgin. Also included is Let’s Dance, Rodger’s 1983 album with David Bowie – an album that propelled the Thin White Duke into mid-eighties mega stardom. Clearly on a beeline for the mainstream, Rodgers claims that Bowie approached him to do what he does best – hits. This certainly worked; Let’s Dance shifted around 8 million copies and spawned multiple hits, including the titular chart topper. This interestingly contradicts Bowie’s previous statements that the album’s commercial appeal was a surprise to him.
The All Purpose Show has been popping up on YouTube as of late. Presented by hip-hop Renaissance man, Prince Paul, the Brooklyn based show features a kaleidoscopic array of guests, from punk icons The Melvins to director and pop icon John Waters.
Check out the Nile Rodgers interview clip below, and the full episode below that.