I didn’t know that “Hot Chocolate” were an English band. They’ve absolutely nailed a wide spectrum of sounds usually considered to be the preserve of America, like Funk, Soul and Disco.
But what a good advertisement for England! “Every 1’s A Winner” is a classic Disco cut, with a tremendously catchy guitar hook using a Roland GR500 synth guitar. It’s distorted, but in a fuzzy, warm way rather than an aggressive, biting way.
The bassline is short but sweet, a nice little groove. The vocals are very 70s, and quite soulful. It’s a richly arranged song, and the lushness pays off.
The song has a range of other synths, which creates a futuristic feeling. But the main effect of the track is a solid feel good vibe.
The song was released on an album on the same name in 1978. The single reached number 12 on the U.K. Singles chart and number 6 on the U.S. Billboard Top 100.
Such a fun tune!