Was wondering if there were more to 70's funk / soul band and Brixton natives Hot Chocolate than your cave-dwelling ancenstor's done-to-death disco hits of the 70's compilations on CD and that irrepressible disco-era theme party mix-tape staple "You Sexy Thing". I got more curious after that earth-quaking Revenge re-edit of "Heaven Is In the Back Seat Of My Cadillac" came out, as well as when I heard the Hot Chocolate version of "Don't Turn It Off", recently remade by 40 Thieves and enjoying some popularity lately, so I went cruising around on YouTube to see what I could see and I came across . . . this. Look at it.
"Put Your Love In Me", released as a single in 1977, was written by Hot Chocolate lead singer Errol Brown and produced by legendary producer, Mickie Most for the 1978 Hot Chocolate LP 'EVERY 1's A WINNER'. The song is one sexy, tripped-out groove. It's amazing, and the video is simply mesmerizing, yet vaguely . . . alarming. Who directed it, Joe Gage ? It's all in lurid 70's porn colors, like some kind of porno-disco fantasy, which actually wouldn't be such a bad thing, really. I'd probably go, just to check it out. So what is it about this video that I find so compelling ? Is it the way Errol shimmies gently to his music while the drummer pounds out that beat that disturbs, yet beckons me ? When Errol sings, "Give me more and more and take and take," I want to give him more and more, and I want to take and take, too. Could it be the way he effortlessly obliterates those high notes like a champion and never once looks back ? And what does he mean, exactly, by "Put Your Love In Me" ? Should I put my love in him ? So many questions were raised, and yet I couldn't turn away. I'm not sure I even want to.
Hot Chocolate - Put Your Love In Me (Album Version) [zsh]
Great edit of "Put Your Love In Me" by Loud Minority Radio, extending the album version and thankfully practicing a cool restraint over the temptation to muck with what's already brilliant with burdensome effects. Plus, it's at 320K. Loud Minority Radio, Go say hi !
Hot Chocolate - Put Your Love In Me (LMR Edit) [zsh]
Did a little digging and lucked into a few more choice nuggets from the Hot Chocolate catalog. Sweet.
Hot Chocolate - Living On A Shoe String [zsh] from 'MAN TO MAN' (1976)
Hot Chocolate - Don't Turn It Off [zsh] from the 'MINDLESS BOOGIE / DON'T TURN IT OFF' 12" (1979)
"Mindless Boogie" is a stomping piece of disco / funk. I wonder if it's where Dirk De Ruyck of Eskimo Recordings and Tonic (Wiebe Loccufier) got the title for their series of venerable edits, Mindless Boogie ? It's an excellent choice. "Music is the drug we're searching for."
Hot Chocolate - Mindless Boogie [zsh] from 'GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS' (1979)