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Nile Rodgers thoughts … (Read this)

Walking on Planet C – Big Time!

Last night while I slept, I had crazy cancer nightmares that were suddenly interrupted by high-pitched screams. Justin Bieber was on NBC’s Today Show and the screams were his fans freaking out. He told his story about being into music since he was a very young and that he’d started out playing drums. My first thought was his music is current big time pop. Drums and drummers are very important in big time pop. My brain cycles were seriously oscillating as I left the house.

Power Station
Power Station – Robert Palmer, Andy Taylor, John Taylor, Tony Thompson

I went walking in today’s brutally cold 17º F wind chill factor obsessed with big time pop drums. The Surfaris’ “Wipeout,” Bonham’s “Whole Lotta Love” solo by Led Zepplin, “Love Rollercoaster” by the Ohio Players, Tony Thompson’s “Some Like It Hot” opening by Power Station and many more as I my legs whisked me along. After singing a bunch of distinctive drum riffs I started thinking about my friend Narada Michael Walden, one of the greatest multifaceted drummers with a keen sense for pop.

Madonna's "Like a Virgin"
Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” – my biggest selling album

When I produced Madonna’s Like A Virgin album, Narada was the only other producer she was seriously considering. Like A Virgin is my biggest selling big time pop album and Madonna, Narada and I all came from the underground. Before any of us made it, we put in many years trying to make it. It was hard but struggling artists used to be able to eek out a living working in the underground. I wondered if artists today have an easier or harder time making it?

It seems like if you make it, you really make it big time – but is there a way that you can play your own music and just get by? Strangely, this gave me a new point of view about how I looked at cancer. Regardless, of how difficult it is, I don’t want to just get by, I want to really make it big time!

Tony Thompson
Tony Thompson John Bonham
John Bonham Narada Michael Walden
Narada Michael Walden The Surfari's - with Ron Wilson (Drummer)
The Surfari’s – with Ron Wilson (Drummer)

(taken from  http://nilerodgers.com/blog/ )

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www.nickzois.com

2 thoughts on “Nile Rodgers thoughts … (Read this)

  1. Hi Niles,

    Thanks for mentioning Ron Wilson, Wipe Out and the Surfaris. It’s interesting that you mention this in context with underground and pop music mixed together. The Surfaris considered their music to be pretty much the punk rock of their day. Those huge pounding drums did not come from a teen idol producer! It was just so catchy, energetic, and unique it got picked up by pop radio.

    – Joel

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  2. And it is remains catchy and energetic , cause some songs are forever!
    I think that Nile, didn’t confuse pop music, it’s just that today’s idols are more manufactured than other decades in music. You used to be original, more of today’s artists aren’t!

    Thanx 4 ur comment Joel,
    Nick

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