This dance record by Sheila & B. Devotion was a mid-sized black-radio hit in the summer of 1980, but it was much more popular in Europe.
I remember it fondly for its grade-A Chic groove, propelled by the chugging rhythm guitar of Nile Rodgers.
As producers, Rodgers and Bernard Edwards were kings of the world at that point. Sister Sledge had blown up the year before. And Nile and Bernard rocked the charts later in 1980 with “Upside Down” for Diana Ross... and with “Rebels Are We,” Chic’s last Top 10 R&B single.
So... who the heck were Sheila & B. Devotion? “Sheila” was the stage name of Annie Chancel, a pop star in France since the ’60s.
B. Devotion – sometimes known as Black Devotion – were Sheila’s backup singers. You can see them prancing around in the music video for “Spacer.”
Anyway... cheers to the Vinyl Morpher for dropping the needle on this.
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