By: G. H. Harding

Nile Rodgers

David Bowie
GET LUCKY-DAFT PUNK --- All the pundits and cognoscenti have unanimously agreed that Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” is the song of the summer; but, running a very, very close close second is an amazing record called “Get Lucky,” by the European-aggregation Daft Punk. They’ve been hovering around for years and have enjoyed some much deserved international success, but the reason that this record has become big news stateside, is the unmistakable guitar in the background – that belongs to one Nile Rodgers. Yes, that Nile Rodgers from Chic (“Good Times”), Sister Sledge (“We Are Family”), David Bowie (“Let’s Dance”), and Madonna (“Like A Virgin). I’ve known Nile for years and was always in constant awe of his taste-setting style. That Chic-Greatest Hits CD I still listen to almost weekly and who could forget what his did with Sister Sledge. I mean, they still play those records in the clubs today. This new track grows on you literally in seconds. 

Daft Punk is a French electronic music duo consisting of musicians Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter. They reached their biggest success in the late 1990's house movement in France and met with continued success in the years following, combining elements of house with synthpop. The duo is credited with producing songs that are considered essential in the French house scene. 

What I’m curious about is how this collaboration came together; Rodgers has stated the when the duo played him their demo of the song; he asked them to remove ... almost everything; then he came up with the simply infectious rhythm guitar track that carries the whole tune.

However it happened – it’s kismet for us. Simply said: It’s a major, major hit. One more for the Rodgers-cannon.

The Concealers

KAUFMAN’s CONCEALERS --- The gremlins were out-and-about in Monday’s column, as we gave the wrong title to James J. Kaufman’s new book. Let the record show that it is called The Concealers; the second in his trilogy. His previous one, The Collectibles was an Amazon bestseller. 

The former judge and business executive is building a platform on relationships and trust. Says James, “Trust is a simple word, but as a core value, it seems to be fading … and, I’d like to change that.” With names like Weiner, Spitzer, and Filner in the news almost daily … he seems to be correct. 

He’s also the CEO of Imaging the World; a non-profit organization active in Uganda and Southern Africa that is saving lives. Check them out HERE

ELMORE LEONARD --- We lost a giant today, writer Elmore Leonard, from a stroke. The author of countless bestsellers; many of them were transferred to the screen, including Get Shorty; Out Of Sight; and Jackie Brown (which he published as the novel Rum Punch). The current F/X series Justified is based on his stories. 

26 of his novels have been made into movies; some twice like “3:10 to Yuma.” Mike Fleming in today’s Deadline Hollywood, said Leonard found Hollywood always frustrating, claiming they always re-wrote everything. The movies that were successful, were the ones where nothing was changed. 

His movies made stars out of Dennis Farina and Jimmy Gandolfini; as well as giving great material for actors like John Travolta, George Clooney, and Robert DeNiro. A giant for sure.

Lady Gaga

N*SYNC RE-UNITED --- Be still my heart, at this Sunday's VMA's ... in addition to Lady Gaga and Robin Thicke ... N*sync will re-unite.