Soul snobs sniff, so best regard the Apple-discovered, Mickie Most-nurtured Hot Choc as sui generic. You Sexy Thing and Every 1’s A Winner are tributes to mid-‘70s British studio pop; the icky darkness of Emma lends depth. Hit after hit.
After opening their career with a flop reggae version of Give Peace A Chance on The Beatles’ Apple label, Hot Chocolate signed to Mickie Most’s RAK imprint, where they put together a run of hit singles between 1970 and 1984, becoming one of the UK’s best-loved and most successful bands.
Led by charismatic singer Errol Brown, they released a succession of memorable pop/dance nuggets, including So You Win Again, No Doubt About It and Every 1’s A Winner. Their signature song, You Sexy Thing, reached number two in 1975 and made the Top 10 again in both 1987 and 1997, the last time after the song was used in the film The Full Monty.
Remarkably, 29 of the 38 songs on this low-priced double-disc set were hits.
Having worked their way so successfully with the Warners back catalogue, Demon Records turn their attention to EMI with re release of The Best Of Hot Chocolate.
Something of a misnomer though as former hits packages have been just that while this double disc set naturally contains such mammoth hits as It Started With A Kiss, You Sexy Thing and So You Win Again it also explores the lesser known album tracks that are equally attractive. Respected soul journalist Charles Waring provides the informative essay and with 38 tracks it’s a sure fire winner.