Frances Ha and Hot Chocolate

The delightful film Frances Ha has a wonderfully-eclectic soundtrack including tracks by David Bowie, Paul McCartney, T. Rex, Dean & Britta, and Harry Nilsson. I especially enjoyed the use of Hot Chocolate's 1978 hit, "Every1's A Winner." Harvey Hinsley's gritty, weird guitar sound comes from a Marshall Time Modulator, a curious analog effects processor loved by Joy Division producer Martin Hannett and Stevie Wonder alike! Frances Ha: Music from the Motion Picture (Amazon)


  1. I am on vacation in Paris right now and when I walked around aimlessly this afternoon, this song was my personal soundtrack.  I am a winner!

  2. I can’t believe that you found a YT video with the option of viewing at 144p.

    1. The Sisters of Mercy did a great cover of Emma too, back in the day. 

      “Every 1’s a winner” has been soured for me by the number of TV adverts it’s been used on- I still have a guilty soft spot for ‘You Sexy Thing’, though.

    2. I’m putting in a second vote for the Sister’s cover over UO’s.  I say this as a fan of both groups.

  3. I have this record somewhere.  Hot Chocolate had a really unique sound that I unfortunately neglected because I couldn’t work it into any of my funk sets and no open breaks for hiphop.  Really great sound, though.

  4. The best appropriated music soundtrack in years. Made me realize how bizarre and great a song Modern Love is. Most of the times I see pop songs in movies and I roll my eyes (Tarantino films being the worst.) This one is super cool.

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