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This song, built around Bernard Edwards' distinctive bassline, is one of the most copied and sampled records ever. With two copies of the record, DJs could create a continuous loop of the instrumental groove, providing a perfect foundation for MCs to rap over. Rap was emerging at New York block parties, and when Sylvia Robinson assembled The Sugarhill gang to put a rap song on record, it was "Good Times" that they used for the track, looping it in the studio just like DJs did at the block parties, and even incorporating the string hits from the song. The result was "Rapper's Delight," which was released later in 1979. It sold a bunch of 12" singles and made the US Top-40 and UK Top-10, becoming the first rap song to do so.

Nile Rodgers of Chic knew that his song was a block party favorite, but he didn't hear "Rapper's Delight" until he was in a club and the DJ played it. He vigorously objected to the use of his song as the track for another, and threatened legal action. Rather than fight it, Sugarhill Records settled with Chic and awarded them full composer credit, so Edwards and Rodgers are listed as the only songwriters on "Rapper's Delight." With no lawsuit, there was no precedent set for sampling, and artists began incorporating tracks from other songs with impunity throughout the '80s. It was Gilbert O' Sullivan whose 1991 lawsuit against Biz Markie finally established the legal ruling that samples must be cleared.
The song is a joyful look back at the roller-disco decade in which after Nixon and Vietnam and the times of recession better days seemed to be ahead.
Another song heavily influenced by "Good Times" was "Another One Bites The Dust" by Queen. Bernard Edwards told the New Musical Express: "Well, that Queen record came about because that bass player spent some time hanging out with us at our studio. But that's OK. What isn't OK is that the press started saying that we had ripped them off! Can you believe that? 'Good Times' came out more than a year before, but it was inconceivable to these people that black musicians could possibly be innovative like that. It was just these dumb Disco guys ripping off this Rock 'n' Roll song."
The lyric, "Our new state of mind" is often mistaken to be "Are you straight or bi?" (thanks, Mjn Seifer - England)
In early 2011, this song was used in a commercial for the Hershey's Drops candy. (thanks, Jerro - New Alexandria, PA)
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Comments (3):

You are right Emma, this is a great roller skating song, and all it's
children.....from Rappers Delight on...
- Bill, pensacola, FL
That was a good roller skating song, crossing may legs infront of me turning around on my skates, can't do that now I have the vinyl.
- Emma, Knoxville, TN
Good Times signaled the end of the black civil rights movement from the Sixties and beckoned the Buppie materialism of the Eighties and beyond.
"Lets put an end to the stress and strife
I think I want to live the sporting life"

Clams on the half shell and roller skates?I love this song musically but feel totally betrayed by the lyrics.
- Doug, Oakland, CA
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