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Linda's version of Get Lucky is alright by me, reveals Rodgers


Linda Martin. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Linda Martin. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Linda Martin. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

HER version of Daft Punk and Nile Rodgers' hit song Get Lucky has had tens of thousands of hits online.

While Linda Martin's cover of the song – performed on The Saturday Night Show – might not be to everyone's taste, she certainly has at least one fan – Rodgers himself.

Rodgers, who co-wrote the song with Daft Punk and features in the video alongside the duo and Pharrell Williams, described Linda's performance as the "highest form of flattery".

The musician and producer also told of how he goes back a 'gazillion years' with Eurovision winner Linda to her days with showband Chips.

The 60-year-old musician had been travelling back from a gig last Sunday when he first became aware Linda's performance on Saturday night.

"I saw all this stuff about my song and Linda and didn't really know what it all meant. I haven't heard Linda's version but do I mind? Absolutely not.

"A cover version by someone is the highest form of flattery, you use someone's song because it moves you, and there is nothing wrong with that," Nile told the Herald.



Sending support to Linda, who came under fire for the cover, Nile added: "I've done a lot of stuff in the past that people didn't like so I can identify with Linda. Things will be fine."

In R&B acts since the early seventies, Rodgers said he had crossed paths with Linda in the past.

"I know Linda about a gazillion years. All the way back to Chips," he said referencing the Irish showband who toured in the UK and Ireland in the early seventies, when they appeared on ITV talent show Opportunity Knocks in 1974.

Rodgers and his group Chic were one of the headliners at the Forbidden Fruit festival on Sunday night, after which he met fans and signed autographs in the Hotpress tent.

An online sensation, the Linda Martin performance has made The Saturday Night Show the most watched show on the RTE player – and has attracted more than 100,000 hits on YouTube.

Meanwhile, the official version of Get Lucky is firmly locked at Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart for a second week as sales of the tune accelerate yet again, shifting a staggering 163,000 copies since last weekend.

The disco-drenched Get Lucky featuring N.E.R.D's Pharrell Williams and Chic guitarist Rodgers is the fastest selling single of the year.