Billboard #1 Hits: #456: “Le Freak”- Chic. December 9, 1978. #1 for 6 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.
- Single: “Le Freak”- Chic
- Record Company-Atlantic
- Genre: Disco, Funk
- Written by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers
- Time: 3:30
- B-side:”Savoir Faire”
- Album- C’est Chic
- Grade: A+
- Peaked at #1 6 weeks in Billboard Hot 100. #7 in UK Singles Chart. #1 in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa.
Buckle your seat belts- “Le Freak” has an interesting chart history. It replaces “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” at #1 on December 9. The following week the lame ass “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” returns to #1 for a week. Then on December 23 and December 30th “Le Freak” spends two more weeks at #1. The Bee Gees who owned 1978- start 1979 at the top for two weeks with “Too Much Heaven.” Starting the week of January 20th “Le Freak” reclaims the #1 position for the third different time and stays at #1 for 3 weeks this time. Along the way the single sold 7 million copies. Most Disco seemed to be to be disposable but Chic stood out as pretty high quality along with say Donna Summer and The Bee Gees.
This song commemorates Studio 54 in New York City for its notoriously long customer waiting lines, exclusive clientele, and discourteous doormen. According to guitarist Nile Rodgers , the song was devised during New Year’s Eve 1977, as a result of him and bassist Bernard Edwards being refused entrance to Studio 54, where they had been invited by Grace Jones due to her failure to notify the nightclub’s staff. He said the lyrics of the refrain were originally “Fuck off!” rather than “Freak out!”; for the documentary “How to Make It in the Music Business”, he said that ‘fuck off’ was what the doorman had said to him when he slammed the door on them; first it was changed to “freak off” after Rodgers mused that they wouldn’t be able to say ‘fuck off’ on the radio, but that sounded “terrible”, so he changed it to ‘freak out’.