Chic

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2002 (The 2003 Induction Ceremony)

Nominated in: 2003   2006   2007   2008   2009   2011   2013   2014   2015   

Previously Considered? Yes  what's this?


Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2022 (ranked #197) .


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Le Freak (1978)
Good Times (1979)

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Will Chic be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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Put Chic in ALREADY, where they belong! Pulling a full 110% for them!

Posted by DJ Dave M on Wednesday, 11.1.06 @ 08:53am


Visiting the rap question, you can't put ANY rap artists in until you put Chic in. End of story.

Posted by AZ Dave on Sunday, 03.4.07 @ 10:41am


If Hip Hop music evolved out of Disco then put Chic in the Hall now. Remember "Le Freak" and "Good Times". Oooh!!! Wait a minute there's more.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Thursday, 06.28.07 @ 11:31am


Chic...IS NOT A DISCO group. It is R&B at its highest level. Listen to all the sh*t out on the waves...Chic is the GRANDADDY of all of it.

No Madonna,SRV,Bowie,Duran2,...

Get it?

Posted by wallywurld on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 19:49pm


Uh, sorry wallywurld, Bowie was already a HUGE star LONG before there ever was a Chic. His first hit in England was in 1969. In fact, considering he was appearing on Soul Train and the black music charts with his unique take on American R&B/dance music several years before Chic's first record, I'd say it's a safe bet that it was HE who influenced THEM.

Posted by ezwriter on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 20:08pm


Are the drummer and the two original female voices of Chic, who sang Good Times and Le Freak considered a part of the group? Were they just backing members? Will all of them be inducted? Or will it be just Rogers and Edwards?

Nile Rodgers
Bernard Edwards
Tony Thompson
Norma Jean Wright
Alfa Anderson

Posted by Roy on Friday, 04.4.08 @ 09:15am


Are the women in this group considered members? Will they be inducted too?

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 09.23.08 @ 05:10am


Pardon my ignorance, but I am not seeing it. Chic had several hits in the disco era--but so did quite a few others not yet inducted (Donna Summer the most notable). One of their hits, "Good Times", also provided the background track for the first (I believe) rap song ever--but if that is why they deserve to be in the Hall, shouldn't the be behind the Sugar Hill Gang? And their members produced the disco albums of others, but wouldn't that make it more sensible to induct Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, rather than the group Chic?

Posted by Joe on Tuesday, 09.23.08 @ 18:39pm


Strike Up The Band

Posted by Joe-Skee on Friday, 09.26.08 @ 13:18pm


Hey I think Nile Rodgers produced some tracks on Madonna's "Like A Virgin" album. ???

Posted by Joe-Skee on Friday, 09.26.08 @ 13:21pm


Hey I think Nile Rodgers produced some tracks on Madonna's "Like A Virgin" album. ???
Posted by Joe-Skee on Friday

Thank god! something new other than Coven.

I'm not evena big Chic fan,but ANYTHING is better then reading that claptrap.
Nile Rodgers produced Jeff Beck's album "Flash" too.
Beck's playing as usual is great but I didn't care for the album as a whole.
I do like the song "Ambitious" which feautered former Wet Willie (a fave band of mine)
Jimmy Hall on lead vocals.

Chic RRHOF ? "maybe"

Posted by Gary James CA on Friday, 09.26.08 @ 13:40pm


I'm up on Wet Willie too... Capricorn Records. Macon,Georgia. Hard hittin' Country/Funk at it's best.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Friday, 09.26.08 @ 13:51pm


I'm up on Wet Willie too...
Posted by Joe-Skee

Yes,My fave albums by them are Dixie Rock,Keep On Smilin,Drippin' Wet.

Sadly they best remembered for the single Keep On Smilin which i like but they have way better songs.
Jimmy Hall could really belt it out too,I had hoped he would of become Beck's fulltime vocalist back then.
Take care Gary

Posted by Gary James CA on Friday, 09.26.08 @ 14:29pm


I think it is time to finally induct Chic! And I think they should induct not only Nile Rodgers, Bernard Edwards, Tony Thompson, Norma Jean Wright, and Alfa Anderson, but also keyboardist virtuoso Rob Sabino, who recorded their first 3 albums with them and played on all their big hits. His R&B keyboarding that he contributed to that album was very influential to 80s Rock keyboarding and Sabino himself also played on all of Chic's offshoots (Power Station, Sister Sledge, Norma Jean), many Nile's produced albums (Diana Ross, Carly Simon, Debbie Harry), and played keyboards on Madonna's hugely influential Like a Virgin album.

If they induct Chic and leave out Robert Sabino as a performer, then it will be one the most unfortunate travesties made by the Hall of Fame

Posted by Bill Martin on Tuesday, 09.30.08 @ 17:36pm


the entire stigma of disco and rap negates the term rock and roll.so i guess loretta lynn is eligible now!please people pushing for coven and chic but are against ringo 25 solo singles ,4 top 40 ,5 top 5,2# 1 singles .not to mention that group he was in back in the sixties.ringo had to songs in the last four years choose love and liverpool 8 .chic and coven remind me of a song by another singer of their talent "what have you done for me lately"

Posted by segovia on Saturday, 10.4.08 @ 16:24pm


Just looking through the list of previously considered artists has made me think that there is one reason for Chic repeatedly reaching the ballot without being inducted.

That being the fact that Chic and solo Peter Gabriel are the only non-rap artists eligible since 2000 who have not already been inducted but are still viewed as legitimate candidates by the Nominating Committee.

It seems to me that other non-rap artists eligible since 2000 and listed "Previously Considered: Yes" (Cheap Trick, Devo, the Cars, Def Leppard, the B-52s, the Eurythmics, Depeche Mode, the Replacements) have been firmly rejected after brief discussion and Chic are the only ones the Committee consideres viable and able to make them seen as not biased toward rap.

Posted by Julien Peter Benney on Friday, 10.17.08 @ 20:19pm


classy band

Posted by mrxyz on Friday, 10.17.08 @ 21:23pm


That's a terrible thing if these bands aren't being considered still. If you simply stop considering new arists, after a while you're gonna stop inducting people in general, unless this is Stave Van Zandt's way of placing the entire decade of the 60's in there retroactively. Does this necesasarily mean that new artists inducted in will, by virtue of not having a second chance, have to go in on their first try or just quit hoping? If that's gonna be the viewpoint regarding the 80's, then Metallica's already done! They had their chance last year, and now they'll never get in.

I'd say it was a good thing inasmuch as folks like Rush, the Stooges, Genesis, etc., the folks that get tossed around these pages, will get a shot. Still though, that would suck knowing that you got in only because a board of voters opted to choose you in essence by default. They wouldn't really be getting in on their own merits, but rather by the prejudice of a board that doesn't want to see anything from the 80's in there. I know I wouldn't want it that way.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Saturday, 10.18.08 @ 05:40am


Cheesecrop,

Did you notice my qualification "who have not already been inducted" ?? U2, the Pretenders, R.E.M., the Police, the Clash etc. would have remained legitmate candidates were they not elected first-up.

I'm sorry about Metallica! I would place them with Chic and solo Peter Gabriel (I can easily see him getting in without Genesis doing so).

Posted by Julein Peter Benney on Sunday, 10.19.08 @ 03:19am


While I have no problem with disco acts getting in, there are other acts more deserving than Chic.Donna Summer, KC and the Sunshine Band, and Kool and the Gang all had a bigger and longer lasting impact than Chic.Their songs are still hugely popular at weddings and Bar Mitzvahs as well as the county fair circuit.I really believe that Chic keeps getting nominated by industry types looking to honor Nile Rodgers.He may be a great producer but that doesn't qualify this act as influential enough to go in the hall.The other acts have all had more hit records that continue to resonate today.Contrary to what the hall officials say, mainstream success is a big factor in defining influence.It's like the nominations are being made by kids who would rather be cool than accurate.

Posted by Rob Silber on Sunday, 11.30.08 @ 17:32pm


Joe,
During Chic's unbelievably productive 1978-1981 heyday, the Sister Sledge, Sheila and B. Devotion, Debbie Harry, Diana Ross, etc. albums were all "composed, written, and arranged by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers" and "produced by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers for the CHIC Organization", and featured all the musicians of Chic. If they get in, it's as the group.

Should Chic be in the RnRHOF? Yes, as ridiculously talented musicians and musical unit with huge respect from their peers, makers of the "Rappers Delight"/"Another One Bites the Dust" riff, the not-since-Led-Zep drum sound on "I'm Coming Out", and their contributions as producers and musicians to a lot of rock artists. Maybe not, as Chic's own music isn't not rock 'n' roll.

I'm listening to CHIC: Live at the Budokan, with Slash tearing up "Le Freak". "Good Times" indeed.

Posted by skierpage on Friday, 01.2.09 @ 15:14pm


Rebels Are We

Posted by Joe-Skee on Friday, 01.2.09 @ 15:49pm


Chic

Nile Rodgers
Bernard Edwards
Tony Thompson
Norma Jean Wright
Alfa Anderson
Luci Martin
Sylver Logan Sharp

I NEED AN ANSWER! ARE THE FEMALE VOICES CONSIDERED A PART OF THE GROUP? WILL THEY BE INDUCTED AS WELL?

Posted by Roy on Friday, 01.2.09 @ 16:32pm


Thats a good question Roy, a really essential one. Heres an 'unofficial' answer (my best shot).
Rolling Stone biography for Chic only mentions:
Nile Rogers - guitar
Bernard Edwards - bass, vocals
Tony Thompson - drums
Alfa Anderson - vocals
Norma Jean Wright - vocals

I would expect thats the "group" that is nominated. But Norma Jean Wright was only around for 2 years before being replaced by Alpha Anderson. Diva Gray and Luci Martin were also Chic singers. Sylver Logan Sharp was a late comer in the 1990s, so I would not include her.

Posted by Telarock on Friday, 01.2.09 @ 21:25pm


Which women sang on Good Times and Le Freak? Those are the ones that should be inducted!

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 01.3.09 @ 03:13am


CHIC

The Billboard 200 Albums Chart

01. 1978 - # 4 C'est Chic
02. 1978 - # 27 Chic
03. 1979 - # 5 Risque
04. 1980 - # 30 Real People
05. 1980 - # 88 Chic's Greatest Hits
06. 1982 - # 34 Stage Fright
07. 1982 - # 124 Take It Off
08. 1982 - # 173 Tongue In Chic
09. 1992 - # 39 Chic-Ism

The Billboard 100 Singles Chart

01. 1978 - # 6 Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)
02. 1978 - # 38 Everybody Dance
03. 1978 - # 1 Le Freak
04. 1979 - # 1 Good Times
05. 1979 - # 7 I Want Your Love
06. 1979 - # 43 My Forbidden Lover
07. 1980 - # 79 Chip Off the Old Block
08. 1980 - # 79 Real People
09. 1980 - # 61 Rebels Are We
10. 1982 - # 80 Soup For One

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 05.30.09 @ 13:58pm


Is chart performance the determining factor on whether to grant an induction??

Posted by interviewer on Saturday, 05.30.09 @ 14:21pm


Chic was influencing everyone from early rappers to art rockers. A group that many rock critics were so quick to dismiss was having an impact in many different areas.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Tuesday, 07.21.09 @ 08:05am


http://rockhall.com/inductees/nominees/chic/

Chic’s founding partnership consisted of songwriter-producers Nile Rodgers (guitar) and Bernard Edwards (bass, whose untimely death occurred in 1996), abetted by future Power Station drummer Tony Thompson (who passed away in 2003). They pushed disco forward in 1977 with a combination of groove, soul and distinctly New York City studio smarts. Rodgers’ chopping rhythm guitar beside Edwards’ deft bass lines were the perfect counterpart to melodic arrangements with their two female vocalists Alfa Anderson and Norma Jean Wright (replaced by Luci Martin). Out-of-the-box chart smashes “Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah),” the #1 “Le Freak” and #1 “Good Times” (ranked on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Singles of All Time) made Chic the preeminent disco band – emphasis on the word ‘band’ – of the late ’70s. Their music also extended disco’s tenure at a critical moment, as hip-hop (and later in the ’80s, New Jack Swing) began to take the stage. Over the years, artists such as Sugar Hill Gang and Diddy have turned to Chic for beats and samples: “Good Times” has been checked everywhere from “Rapper’s Delight” and Blondie’s “Rapture,” to Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust.” Rodgers and Edwards followed their five years in Chic with careers as top-flight producers and writers working for an A-list of megastars. Edwards worked with Rod Stewart, Kenny Loggins and Robert Palmer among others, while Rodgers produced David Bowie, Madonna, Mick Jagger and countless more. Under Rodgers’ leadership, Chic has continued to tour, releasing live performances of its shows in Japan and Amsterdam.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 09.28.10 @ 15:25pm


FROM THE DIGITAL DREAM DOOR

Chic

The greatest self-contained disco group in rock history, Chic has multiple nominations without getting in, despite their achievements which include two #1 hits for themselves, plus numerous hits that their founders, guitarist Nile Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards, wrote and produced for others. Those two, along with drummer Tony Thompson, were widely considered the greatest and most influential rhythm section of any group in the past 35 years. The cultural backlash against what is widely perceived to be an excessive and decedent style and era has likely kept their support for the Hall from growing, but disco was far too big a piece of rock for a full decade to be ignored. The nominating committee, which has certainly had its share of personal biases effect who gets selected for the ballot, should in this case be commended for trying to ensure that this shamefully neglected area of rock gets proper representation in the Hall, despite massive resistance from some public quarters.

Qualifications: 7 - Solid Choice

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 09.28.10 @ 20:08pm


http://songhall.org/vote/entry/1095

Chic nominated for 2011 Songwriters Hall of Fame

Nile Rodgers/Bernard Edwards

With the late Bernard Edwards, fellow producer Nile Rodgers formed Chic--one of the most important bands of the disco era. Both “Le Freak” and “Good Times” went to No. 1 on the pop charts, prompting Rodgers and Edwards to produce and write for other artists on their Atlantic Records roster, including Sister Sledge, whose “We Are Family” was a huge hit--and remade by Rodgers as a benefit recording for his “We Are Family Foundation” after 9-11. But Rodgers and Edwards also wrote and produced for other artists including Diana Ross (her hits “Upside Down” and “I’m Coming Out"), and Rodgers went on to compose soundtracks while continuing his songwriting and production efforts.

Key songs in the Rodgers and Bernard catalogs include “Good Times,” “I’m Coming Out,” “Le Freak,” “Upside Down” and “We Are Family.”

Posted by Roy on Monday, 10.25.10 @ 20:22pm


I would think no musical expert could miss the fact that the Chic influence in modern POP music is tremendous worldwide. One must credit the initial snowball that begins the roll as responsible for the creation of even the boulder 100 times it's size that becomes a result of it. For instance, listen to Tony Thompson play on the 12 inch version of one of Chic's lesser-known songs "Soup for One" and you will hear at some point the classic drumbeat that became "When Dove's Cry" and "Kiss" by Prince. Listen to Alfa and Luci sing the little-known song "Stage Fright" and many another by Chic and note how they influenced Aretha Franklin's "Jump to It". And Chic is the "EGG" that gave birth,you see,to Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards.

Posted by Ki Ro on Saturday, 12.18.10 @ 11:41am


The Chic Inductees

Nile Rodgers
Bernard Edwards
Tony Thompson
Alfa Anderson
Norma Jean Wright
Luci Martin

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 02.19.11 @ 04:31am


Nile Rodgers is dying. He will be inducted into both the Rock Hall and the Song Hall in 2012 and join that elite group, as will Bernard Edwards.

Posted by Roy on Friday, 03.4.11 @ 05:50am


I don't think he's dying, cancer isn't an absolute death sentence like it used to be.

Also I think that if the hall is to consider disco than Chich are an must. I don't like them but gotta give them respect.

Posted by GFW on Saturday, 07.2.11 @ 17:02pm


Influence: Chic is a big influence on R&B and rap. 30
Innovation: They didn't invnet disco, but they certainly helped defne it. 15
Critical Respect: Out of all the disco groups, apart from myabe the bee gees, they are the most respected. 20
Commercial Sucess: CHic had quite a number of hits in the 70's. 10

75, should be in.

Posted by GFW on Tuesday, 10.11.11 @ 14:43pm


Hip Hop owes it's life to Chic! Chic deserves to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Stop discriminating against Disco music. Chic Influenced many bands and artist of the eighties. Without Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards. There would be no David Bowie- Let's Dance , Madonna- Like a Virgin, Duran Duran- Notorious, Sugar Hill Gang- Rapper's Delight, Power Station- Some like it Hot..etc...

Posted by MUSICFAN77 on Wednesday, 05.9.12 @ 16:36pm


Certainly a great wave of musical influence began with the group Chic. You can hear the writing/playing style of Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards everywhere. You can hear Alfa Anderson, Luci Martin and Norma Jean Wright's singing style in many, many groups such as Change, the Luther Vandross background and others. And as I listen to Tony Thompson play a certain drum part of Chic's "Soup for One", it becomes easy to deduce how classic Prince songs that use the beat such as "Kiss" and "When Doves Cry" came to be. The band is was SEED that has grown worldwide both itself and through artists that do not bear it's name.

Posted by Ki Ro on Wednesday, 05.30.12 @ 17:35pm


Locks for 2013:

Chic(nominated SEVEN times XD)
Nirvana(self explanitory)
Donna Summer(based on all the snub guilt)


Others who SHOULD get in VERY soon:

Deep Purple(holy shit)
Yes(holy shit)
Kate Bush(british hate)
Jethero Tull(prog hate)
Fairport Convention(british hate)
Rush(prog hate)
Nina Simone(holy shit)
King Cripson(Prog hate)

Also since the hall enjoys nominating women and late acts before they deserve it (Like Pretenders, Patti Smith, beastie boys, and Blondie who are not at all as important as the acts listed above) these are likely to be inducted, Even though I don't much care for them:

Joan Jett,
Heart,
Whiteney Houston(snub guilt)

Posted by mikhail on Thursday, 07.26.12 @ 16:40pm


Fairport Convention are not as deserving as Patti, Blondie and the Beastie Boys.

Posted by GFW on Thursday, 07.26.12 @ 17:30pm


Deep Purple is borderline. Don't mind if they get in. Don't care if they don't. And what's the story with Child In Time and Bombay Calling?

I would support Yes and Jethro Tull.

I like King Crimson but they were not really successful enough. And you already had bands like Floyd and the Moody Blues.

Nina Simone should get in, although she didn't write her main hits.

Rush is a band that sold a lot of albums but their music is just Ok outside of Moving Pictures. Their fans whine a lot though. Almost as bad as Kiss fans.

I'd say no on Fairport Convention and Kate Bush.

I like prog rock but it hasn't been relevant for decades. Was there a prog rock revival I missed? Although I agree that it does get unfairly excluded as a genre. Some of these acts like the Moody Blues deserve recognition.

And if we need to pick on bands like the Pretenders (admittedly I always do because they got inducted 1st ballot)), why not pick on the Ramones or the Sex Pistols or the Talking Heads?

Posted by astrodog on Friday, 07.27.12 @ 01:44am


woah woah Kate Bush is more than deserving.

Also why pick on Ramones, Sex Pistols and Talkign Heads? Much more deserving than the Pretenders!

Posted by GFW on Friday, 07.27.12 @ 06:47am


I just don't find Kate Bush's music that impressive. She is one of those artists that gets by on her image. Even Wuthering Heights is just a weird song written by lifting lyrics from the novel. But all that aside, she just never made it in the US. Maybe that's not the end all, but it makes her nomination an uphill fight.

I personally think lots of bands are more deserving than the Pretenders, whose reputation sinks while the reputation of other bands rise. It's just interesting that whenever we get a complaint about bands being inducted while supposedly more deserving bands are left out, it's almost always female artists that get singled out. When you keep seeing that it's worth asking why no one ever questions a band like the Ramones, a creatively limited band with limited success (they used to get pelted on stage) that has little relevance to contemporary music. I get that they were placed on some sort of pedestal during the halycon "grunge" days, but get over it. I love the punk era and I'm glad to see it recognized, but the mythologizing does get nauseating. This may come as a surprise, but the initial amateurish sound wasnt the goal, only the means, and it flowered into post-punk which was better. Objectively, beyond the fact that they became the loveable losers of American Rock ("the American Beatles!") and that no one wants to seem uncool by questioning them, I just want to say that's its OK to ask why they got in on the 1st ballot while bands like Rush or Kiss never got an invitation. And while your at it, how about Elvis Costello, and the Pistols and the Talking Heads and how many other bands whose music hasn't really endured. Hate should be equal opportunity.

Posted by astrodog on Friday, 07.27.12 @ 13:32pm


Well I find Hounds Of Love to be ana amazing album but oh well.

Yeah, I never got the hype about the Ramones, no way are they one of the greatest bands of all time as we ranked them.

Not sure about Costello but the Sex Pistols deserve in for the fact that they helped kickstart the whole brit alt rock movement. Their gig in manchester inspired The Fall, The Smiths and Joy Division to form, three huge bands in british post 70's rock.

In regards to Talking Heads, again, I'm not sure. But i'd argue that they've probably had a bigger influence on todays music than, say, Kiss or Rush.

Posted by GFW on Friday, 07.27.12 @ 13:45pm


"woah woah Kate Bush is more than deserving.

Also why pick on Ramones, Sex Pistols and Talkign Heads? Much more deserving than the Pretenders!"

I think Kate Bush is a great artist. Will she get in? Probably not, but I'd say she's deserving. Now to take on the others:

Sex Pistols: I've never cared much for the Sex Pistols, but I wouldn't argue against their induction, I was going to defend their induction, but GFW's reasoning is enough.

The Ramones: Are they overrated? Sure, but since they were (and are) pretty much one of the frontrunner punk bands of their era (save arguably the Clash) it sort of goes with the territory (being considered overrated and being a more well-known name that is). If the Hall is supposed to be respective of its position as a museum of rock history, a museum without the Ramones would be a head-scratcher. Also, just a personal opinion but I find the Ramones better and much more listenable than the Sex Pistols.

Talking Heads: Never really been a fan, but I've heard enough convincing justification over time to support and defend their induction.

The Pretenders: A real head-scratcher for sure. First ballot? Honestly, if the Pretenders had never been inducted would people even notice? Maybe I'm being harsh, but I just never really got this one (though since we're in the area, I'd say Patti Smith is less deserving than the Pretenders).

Elvis Costello and the Attractions: See my comment on the Talking Heads.

Now, here's a thought to ponder. Why did the Hall induct the Lovin' Spoonful and not say, the Grass Roots or the Turtles? All three bands have about the same number of well-known hits. All three bands are (somewhat) similar stylistically and all three bands are from about the same era. So what does the Lovin' Spoonful have that the Turtles and the Grass Roots don't? I've found quite a few modern bands who cite the Turtles as an influence (The Coral, Apples in Stereo and Animal Collective for instance), but couldn't find any that claim to be influenced by the Spoonful. This begs the question, did the Spoonful have friends in the right place or what? What gives?

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 07.27.12 @ 15:18pm


They must have, I can think of no decent reason the Spoonful were inducted.

Posted by GFW on Friday, 07.27.12 @ 15:34pm


The Lovin' Spoonful have two classics (Do You Believe In Magic? and Summer In The City) and a few other good songs, but if they are considered hall worthy, then the bar is kinda low IMO. Nothing really separating them from other bands with little influence and alot of hits, like Huey Lewis and The News/Foreigner/Poison etc.

Posted by Jim on Saturday, 07.28.12 @ 13:36pm


Regarding my comment above, I think the Pretenders, Patti Smith and the Ramones reflect a certain degree of media favoritism. I think the Ramones (and the Sex Pistols) should be in the R&RHF. But as to the Ramones, from the perspective of the musical landscape today I don't think it was so automatic. They were a 1st ballot inductee that benefitted from a massive media push in the early 1990s. I think they deserve to be included as a first wave punk band, but I have trouble seeing them as a 1st ballot worthy act. Certain factors contributed to the very elevated position they were given in the early 90s, and certain factors detract from that position today. My real point is that I never understood the distinction between the supposedly "cool" underground rock acts and the "uncool" ones. That the Ramones are always on the cool band track was very manufactured. Point is that cool or uncool, hip or unhip should not be a criteria, just the objective merits. But alas I am a dreamer and bound to be disappointed.

I think in the case of the Pretenders (I believe quite proudly that I'm the first one to question how the hell they merited a 1st ballot induction), it was a case of having friends in the right places. That tends to happen too often, as with the Loving Spoonful example. Hynde started as a music journalist, and I always get the impression that the music press was always in her corner. At this point if the Pretenders never got inducted at all no one would be too worked up about it. They are just so out of public consciousness that you rarely get a "how the hell are the Pretenders in the Hall of Fame" rant.

Posted by astrodog on Sunday, 07.29.12 @ 17:43pm


On kate and fairport, the reason I nominated them is purly influence.

kate is probrably one of the most influencial artists ever. She can claim way more influence than Laura Nyro and leonard cohen (with Bjork, muse,sex pistols,Suede, Outkast,PJ harvey, Tori amos, Pat Benatar, Maxwell,Lilly Allen, Coldplay, Natalie Cole, Pink Floyd, and Florence Welch to name a few, not even mentioning hundreds more that are not houshold names and mercury/grammy winners who would make this very long) If artists like leonard cohen and Laura Nyro belong, so too does kate. Her reasoning for not being inducted is the same as Nick Drake. Not much sucesss. But influence is much more important than success. And those two have ALOT of influence. If some of the names I mentioned keep getting in (sex pistols and pink floyd already have) then they will have absolutly no choice.

On Fairport convention, I'll agree my nom was a bit out of the blue. But They Basically stated the English folk rock movement. Shoe ins for a british hall of fame no doubt. (they make the same "genre" themed case as kraftwork)

agree with the prog points(for the lessers like king cripson and my personal favorite gentle giant) you all made though. Time will tell if they deserve it. Lots of brilliant cult following artists will nver get in after all.

In the spirit of being out of the blue, I would also like to add frank sinatra and Thomas Edison(who is the reason we can basically even listen to music) as early influnces. and though she does not deserve to get in at all, i have a soft spot for mary ford, first person ever to be double tracked.

and in the spirit of unlikly inductions, i think sunny and char would have been cute in the hall.

ramons and talking heads do not hold a candle for the hatred of the induction of Jann Wenner. (at least for me)

Posted by Mikhail on Monday, 07.30.12 @ 16:44pm


http://songhall.org/vote/entry/1095

Chic has been nominated 6 times now for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011) and once for the Songwriters Hall of Fame (2011). If any more artists will be joining that short list of people who have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in the same year, it will most likely be Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards.

Chic members nominated for 2011 Songwriters Hall of Fame

Nile Rodgers/Bernard Edwards

With the late Bernard Edwards, fellow producer Nile Rodgers formed Chic--one of the most important bands of the disco era. Both “Le Freak” and “Good Times” went to No. 1 on the pop charts, prompting Rodgers and Edwards to produce and write for other artists on their Atlantic Records roster, including Sister Sledge, whose “We Are Family” was a huge hit--and remade by Rodgers as a benefit recording for his “We Are Family Foundation” after 9-11. But Rodgers and Edwards also wrote and produced for other artists including Diana Ross (her hits “Upside Down” and “I’m Coming Out"), and Rodgers went on to compose soundtracks while continuing his songwriting and production efforts.

Key songs in the Rodgers and Bernard catalogs include “Good Times,” “I’m Coming Out,” “Le Freak,” “Upside Down” and “We Are Family.”

ARTISTS WHO WERE INDUCTED INTO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME AND THE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME IN THE SAME YEAR

01. 1986 - Chuck Berry
02. 1997 - Joni Mitchell
03. 1999 - Bruce Springsteen
04. 2000 - James Taylor
05. 2010 - Jesse Stone
06. 2011 - Leon Russell

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 09.4.12 @ 08:54am


Chic is more than just the songs that they performed under their name. Many hits by Sister Sledge and Diana Ross were basically written and performed by Chic. What they achieved was more than disco. They are responsible for the fusion of pop and dance music in the 80s. Nile Rodgers produced albums for so many people - including Blondie, David Bowie, Madonna, Mick Jagger, Duran Duran, Sheena Easton. They stamped their influence on so much of 80s pop.

Those rockers who complain that "it's just disco" and prefer technically gifted musicians should just try playing Bernard Edward's bass parts themselves before opening their mouths. Nile Rodgers is the best rhythm guitarist this side of Keith Richards.

Posted by sieteocho on Saturday, 10.6.12 @ 05:49am


Pure disco trash. 7 years of nomination consideration is obscene. They don't belong. Oh, but they had all these hits! Bon Jovi has a ton of hits. Def Leppard has 2 records that went 10+ million, over 80+ million all told. Steve Miller Band moved tens of millions of records for 2 generations. Boston has one of the biggest records EVER and every track has been a rock and classic rock staple for decades. Boston and Steve Miller band collectively have a list of top 40 hits a yard long. Priest and Maiden are both 50+ million.

But hey, those are ACTUAL ROCK AND METAL ACTS so they will get snubbed for disco. Chic nominated 7 times and Chicago and King Crimson and Cheap Trick zero times is why the Hall is a joke, by the way. Is Chic is a pet band of Jan Wenner and David Marsh or what? What the hell is the explanation here? I don't see the reason why these 4th rater worms should get 7 bites at the apple.

Posted by Neckbeard on Wednesday, 10.10.12 @ 15:46pm


"Is Chic is a pet band of Jan Wenner and David Marsh or what? What the hell is the explanation here? I don't see the reason why these 4th rater worms should get 7 bites at the apple."

Good grief, why don't you tell us how you REALLY feel?

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Wednesday, 10.10.12 @ 16:06pm


Pure disco trash. 7 years of nomination consideration is obscene. They don't belong. Oh, but they had all these hits! Bon Jovi has a ton of hits. Def Leppard has 2 records that went 10+ million, over 80+ million all told. Steve Miller Band moved tens of millions of records for 2 generations.

etc., etc.

Posted by Neckbeard on Wednesday, 10.10.12 @ 15:46pm
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Here's a better idea - why not let Chic And Bon Jovi And Def Lep in?

This way, everyone's represented, all genre's are covered, & you don't have to spew hate all over the place...

Posted by Cheesecrop on Wednesday, 10.10.12 @ 16:34pm


I spew hate because Chic is gonna get in before Black Flag and Iron Maiden, which is just silly.

Look, if the first SIX TIMES didn't get you there, get off the ballot. Chic is the Art Monk of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Sorry Art, but Andre Reed and Cris Carter need to go in first.

Posted by Neckbeard on Wednesday, 10.10.12 @ 19:08pm


I spew hate because Chic is gonna get in before Black Flag and Iron Maiden, which is just silly.

Posted by Neckbeard on Wednesday, 10.10.12 @ 19:08pm
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I have to admit, you are right when you say this. For the record, I do think Chic deserve to make the Hall. However, I also agree w/you that Black Flag & Iron Maiden also belong, & should've been inducted at least three or four yrs. ago, at the minimum (I forget the exact yrs. they were first eligible).

While it's silly, there's nothing we can do to change it, unless you have a direct access line to one of the Voting Committee. However, screaming in the negative about the Chic's, the Randy Newman's, etc., is only going to reinforce Their opinion that they're making the right choice. You gotta hammer them w/logic, & make them realize the disaster they've created.

Besides, all these groups will end up going in. I predict it will start to happen before this decade is out. You needn't fret over it.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Thursday, 10.11.12 @ 07:02am


Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees who will be voting for Chic

The Miracles, Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond, Darlene Love, ABBA, Genesis, Jimmy Cliff, Madonna, Gamble & Huff, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, RUN-DMC, R.E.M., The Ronettes, Van Halen, Blondie, The O'Jays, The Pretenders, U2, ZZ Top, Prince, The Police, Queen, Earth, Wind and Fire, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Parliament-Funkadelic, The Jackson Five, Barry Gibb, David Bowie, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Elton John, Rod Stewart, The Isley Brothers, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, The Rolling Stones

Posted by Roy on Monday, 11.12.12 @ 06:55am


Public Enemy will add to the votes for Chic in upcoming years.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 12.11.12 @ 21:20pm


I'll buy that, Roy. I'd also think they'd be a help to Kraftwerk.

Posted by DarinRG on Tuesday, 12.11.12 @ 21:33pm


If/Whe Chic gets inducted, they need to involve Daft Punk somehow.

Posted by Gassman on Tuesday, 04.16.13 @ 20:31pm


Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards of Chic are nominated for the 2014 Songwriters Hall of Fame. Their second nomination. It will be their second time nominated for the Song Hall and the Rock Hall in the same year if they get a Rock Hall nomination this year as well. They could also be joining this group:

ARTISTS WHO WERE INDUCTED INTO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME AND THE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME IN THE SAME YEAR

01. 1986 - Chuck Berry
02. 1997 - Joni Mitchell
03. 1999 - Bruce Springsteen
04. 2000 - James Taylor
05. 2010 - Jesse Stone
06. 2011 - Leon Russell

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 10.10.13 @ 22:55pm


Chic and Cat Stevens both nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in the same year and if inducted.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 10.15.13 @ 22:25pm


Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees Who Will Vote For Chic

David Bowie, Barry Gibb, Queen, ABBA, Madonna, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, RUN-DMC, Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Blondie, R.E.M, Prince, The Jackson Five, Earth, Wind & Fire, Parliament-Funkadelic

Posted by Roy on Friday, 10.18.13 @ 10:45am


Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees Who Will Vote For Chic

Diana Ross, David Bowie, Barry Gibb, Queen, ABBA, Madonna, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, RUN-DMC, Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Blondie, R.E.M, Prince, The Jackson Five, Earth, Wind & Fire, Parliament-Funkadelic

Posted by Roy on Friday, 10.18.13 @ 23:28pm


Will Alfa Anderson, Norma Jean Wright and Luci Martin attend the ceremony when Chic is inducted?

Posted by Roy on Monday, 10.21.13 @ 05:06am


8 nominations and no induction. I hope the Committee gives it a rest for a couple of years. It's time for other deserving candidates to get a shot on the ballot.

Posted by Mike on Monday, 12.30.13 @ 14:28pm


There is a high possibility that Chic and Chicago will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the same year!

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 01.1.14 @ 07:48am


HOW IN THE WORLD IS THE WORLD'S GREATEST DISCO GROUP NOT IN THE HALL!? At least they got Parliment, EW&F in there. BUT NO CHIC??!! That disgusts me. They WERE Disco. And Bee Gees over Chic? SCREW YOU!

Posted by Karl Singleton on Thursday, 04.17.14 @ 18:45pm


I don't think Chic gets in for awhile. They have been rejected for induction like 8x now. That's a powerful statement by the Committee. I don't see how the 9th time will be any different. It's a shame because Chic had some good hits. Le Freak was a real classic. KING

Posted by KING on Saturday, 05.24.14 @ 17:51pm


@ KING wrote:
I don't think Chic gets in for awhile. They have been rejected for induction like 8x now. That's a powerful statement by the Committee. I don't see how the 9th time will be any different. It's a shame because Chic had some good hits. Le Freak was a real classic. KING


The fact that Chic has been nominated 8x definitely says a lot. But, I think it's the voters that are making the powerful statement by continuously not inducting them.

Le Freak was real, but I say the Nom Com should relax and lay off of the nomination and give that coveted slot to another deserving artist/band. At least for a couple of years…...

Just sayin'.

Posted by Marissa on Saturday, 05.24.14 @ 23:42pm


I really enjoyed this year's induction ceremony, the only thing that was missing was Nile Rodgers. Chic belongs in the RRHOF. Collectively and individually the members of Chic accomplished much more than the average Disco band. Each founding member went on to have solo success with other relevant musicians after Disco died. I really hope that Nile, Bernard and Tony are finally recognized for their musical contributions that are still influential today, insert Nile winning a Grammy for his work with Daft Punk! ....just get on with it already !

Posted by Carolinachic77 on Sunday, 06.1.14 @ 07:08am


Very good BBC documentary about Nile Rodgers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZJj-tgT6H0

Posted by DarinRG on Saturday, 08.2.14 @ 00:54am


Just let them in already....otherwise they will continue to take up a precious spot on the ballot year over year over year.

Posted by Mike on Sunday, 10.12.14 @ 12:11pm


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