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Saturday, 10 July 2021

Every 1's a Winner?


2021 Charity Shop Purchases 43 - Hot Chocolate - Their Greatest Hits 

Everyone's a winner, baby, that's no lie 
A brave statement (and that's no lie) but one that is surely up for debate.
There is no doubt that Hot Chocolate delivered some great songs when they had at least one hit every year from 1970 to 1984  but I would argue that there were some duds among them. There's No Doubt About It

Hot Chocolate were/are (a watered down version are still on the go) that rare thing in the 70's a mixed race band led by Errol Brown and Tony Wilson ( no NOT that one).
The sleevenotes of the CD advise that Brother Louie followed a haunting indictment of racial  prejudice and was subsequently covered by The Stories in the US. So not all vaccuous but pleasant pop songs than.
I was listeneng to an album once when my mum asked me who was singing."Steve Earle" I replied to which she followed up with " is that the bloke from Hot Chocolate?" Bless

Hot Chocolate -Every 1's a Winner

Hot Chocolate - Emma

Hot Chocolate - Brother Louie


  1. I reckon Steve Earle could do a good job of turning "It Started With A Kiss" into something a good deal more sinister, especially when he intones gruffly "You don't remember me do you?"

  2. He may struggle with You Sexy Thing

  3. Emma and Brother Louie are truly great tracks and then Errol went and totally ruined things with his Tory predilictions - it's that old Heroes/Feet of clay schtick.