You Sexy Thing

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"You Sexy Thing"
Single by Hot Chocolate
from the album Hot Chocolate
Released October 1975
Genre Pop, rhythm and blues, disco
Length 4:04
3:32 (7" version)
Label RAK Records (UK)
Big Tree Records (Atlantic) (U.S.)
Writer(s) Errol Brown, Tony Wilson
Producer(s) Mickie Most
Hot Chocolate singles chronology
"A Child's Prayer"
(1975)
"You Sexy Thing"
(1975)
"Don't Stop It Now"
(1976)

"You Sexy Thing" is a song recorded by the British group, Hot Chocolate. It was written by Hot Chocolate's lead singer Errol Brown, and produced by Mickie Most. It reached number 2 in the UK Singles Chart in 1975, and number 3 in the US Pop charts a year later. The song went on to gain lasting notability by being featured in many hit films, such as 1997's The Full Monty.

Overview[edit]

The song was originally a 1975 B-side. Not yet convinced that the song could be a hit, producer Most put it on the flip-side of the Hot Chocolate single "Blue Night". The song was later remixed by Most, who re-released it as an A-side some months later on his RAK label. The song was a hit and ultimately became the group's best-known song. In the UK the song was poised for the no. 1 spot, but was beaten to it by "Bohemian Rhapsody", when on 29 November 1975 the Queen single leaped above it from no. 9.[1]

A 1987 remix by Ben Liebrand hit number 10.[2] When it was featured in the film, The Full Monty in 1997, it went to number six in the chart.[3] In one of the most memorable scenes in the film, the male lead, Gaz (played by Robert Carlyle) performs a "striptease" to the music of "You Sexy Thing". The song is later heard over the closing credits and is also included in the 2013 play version of The Full Monty. "You Sexy Thing" has also been heard in other films including Boogie Nights, Reservoir Dogs, Bicentennial Man, Heavyweights, Rat Race, Dude, Where's My Car, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, About Schmidt and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, and in 2010 the movie Grown Ups. Another U.S. resurgence in 1999 can be credited to a Burger King television commercial in which the song played while the camera examined a Double Whopper. The song has recently been featured in television advertisements for a new series, Hot in Cleveland, on TV Land.[4] and on the Swiffer Dusters cleaning product. It was featured in a TV commercial for the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado that aired during Fox's coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII on February 2, 2014. In addition, it is the only song to enter the UK Top Ten in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

Structure[edit]

"You Sexy Thing" has a simple structure, with most of the song alternating between two major chords (F and Bb). It has a chorus-verse form. One of the song's most memorable aspects is its distinctive six note riff which is repeated intermittently throughout, played on a mildly overdriven electric guitar on a high treble setting and with noticeable vibrato. Eschewing the traditional rock drum kit, the song uses hand drums, played in a style reminiscent of tabla. A number of violins accompany the rhythm section. Brown's vocals are sung in an energetic soul fashion, accentuated by the occasional high-pitched, Isley Brothers-style scream.

Cover versions[edit]

"You Sexy Thing" was covered by Tom Tom Club in 1992 on their album Dark Sneak Love Action. It was also covered by Deee-Lite in 1994. Two more covers were released at almost the same time as the 1997 re-issue of the Hot Chocolate original. Thus, for one week, the UK Singles Chart boasted three versions of the song. One cover was by the pop/dance act Clock. The other version, by pop duo T-Shirt, featuring actress Chloé Treend and songwriter Miranda Cooper, went to number 5 in New Zealand and sold triple platinum in Australia, where the single reached #6 and stayed in the ARIA Charts for 32 weeks.[5] Hot Chocolate lead singer Errol Brown appeared in the film clip. Both were re-workings with the original music and lyrics but with new added additional rap/vocal segments. Welsh band Stereophonics also covered the song for the Radio 1: Established 1967 album. Bruce Springsteen has covered the song several times at his live performances, including during his final concert at Giants Stadium on 9 October 2009, during which he took a sign from a fan requesting the song and held it up for the audience to see as he performed it.[citation needed]

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[6] 4
Austrian Singles Chart[7] 12
Netherlands Singles Chart[8] 5
New Zealand Singles Chart[9] 2
Norway Singles Chart[10] 10
Swedish Singles Chart[11] 16
UK Singles Chart[12] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles[14] 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chartstats - UK chart details
  2. ^ 1987 charts
  3. ^ "Hot Chocolate - You Sexy Thing {1997}". Chart Stats. 1997-11-22. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  4. ^ "The Official Hot in Cleveland Site starring Betty White, Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick : Hot In Cleveland". Tvland.com. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  5. ^ "australian-charts.com - T-Shirt - You Sexy Thing". Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  6. ^ [1] Every Charting Single. Retrieved 2012-04-14
  7. ^ [2] Austrian Charts. Retrieved 2012-04-14
  8. ^ [3] Dutch Charts. Retrieved 2012-04-14
  9. ^ [4] RIANZ Charts. Retrieved 2012-04-14
  10. ^ [5] Norwegian Charts. Retrieved 2012-04-14
  11. ^ [6] Swedish Charts. Retrieved 2012-04-14
  12. ^ redirected to OCC website) Chart Stats. Retrieved 2012-04-14
  13. ^ [7] Billboard. Retrieved 2012-04-14
  14. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 261. 

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