Chicago reached its
commercial apex with treachly pop in the 1980s, but with “Street Player”
they showed a suprising ability to satisfy hardcore dancers when so
performed by Rufus, Chicago made the song their own and turned out all the
stops: the rhythm was kicking, Peter Cetera had never sounded so soulful,
the lyrics were a quintessential expression of the streetwise nightlife
aesthetic, and Maynard Ferguson’s characteristic high-pitched horn
parts were the icing on this essential club groove.
song's quality, Chicago's fan base considered the song a blatant
attempt at selling out to disco madness, and it flopped. The
group had the last laugh when "Street Player" was revived in
1995 as the cornerstone of "These Sounds," the massive club hit from Kenny
Dope’s disco tribute side project Bucketheads.