YMMV / Chic

  • Ascended Fanon: Two songs that Sampled Up Chic originals have ended up being incorporated back into the Chic tracks when played live:
    • "Good Times" started being played as a medley with "Rappers Delight" almost as soon as the latter was released, and has been played that way ever since.
    • A similar thing happened with Modjo's "Lady (Hear Me Tonight)" being put into a medley with Chic's original "Soup For One" - the latter being Rescued From The Scrappy Heap as a result.
  • Author Existence Failure: Bernard Edwards passed away from complications of pneumonia shortly after their reunion concert in Japan. Nile has carried on the band ever since.
  • Award Snub: They were nominated for the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame for the eighth time in 2013.
    • While Nile Rodgers was selected to receive the Award for Musical Excellence, they're now up to eleven nominations (and, possibly, counting).
  • Breakaway Pop Hit: They wrote and produced Carly Simon's hit "Why" for the film Soup For One. The film and even the soundtrack album have long since slipped into obscurity, but the song remains familiar and has attracted quite a few cover versions.
  • Career Resurrection: After the duo broke up, Nile's work did not sell as well and it wasn't until David Bowie heard his solo album that he commissioned Nile to write him a hit, resulting in "Let's Dance". The song renewed both their careers and Nile has remained an in-demand producer since, as well as reforming Chic and carrying on the band as a popular live act after Bernard's death.
  • Epic Riff: A few, but most epically of all, the much-copied bassline from "Good Times".
    • There's also "I Want Your Love".
  • Sampled Up: Although it's a session remake rather than a direct sample, "Rapper's Delight" by Sugarhill Gang effectively did this to "Good Times"... briefly. Though now the two songs are probably about equally well-known, not least because the rip-off is so infamous. Rodgers and Edwards actually liked "Rapper's Delight" and incorporated bits of it into their own live performances later on - they just didn't like not getting paid for it. It was all sorted out in the end.
    • Never forget Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five's "The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on The Wheels of Steel".
    • Also "Soup For One", known to the rest of the world as Modjo's "Lady (Hear Me Tonight)".
    • "Soup For One" was effectively Rescued from the Scrappy Heap by the success of "Lady", and just like "Good Times"/"Rappers Delight", it's now unthinkable that they would play "Soup For One" without segueing into "Lady".
    • Alcazar's "Crying At the Discotheque" covered up "Spacer". According to Pet Shop Boys' Chris Lowe, "they took the backing track and wrote a better song over the top".
  • Signature Song: "Le Freak". They were also responsible for the signature songs of two other acts: Sister Sledge ("We Are Family") and Sheila & B. Devotion ("Spacer").
  • What Could Have Been: They turned down the chance to produce The Rolling Stones early in their career; later, their record label nixed the idea of a collaboration with Aretha Franklin. They also recorded an album with Johnny Mathis which was never released; it probably wouldn't have changed their fortunes significantly, but it's certainly a What Could Have Been for Mathis.