7-inch series, part 690 – The Sweet Vandals

The Sweet Vandals – Charlie Love
label: Unique
year: 2007
side a: Charlie Love
side b: Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag

Like many of their colleagues, The Sweet Vandals fail to entirely convince me on their records. And their choice of cover songs is not very lucky. I’ve heard them play a not so good version of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” and this version of “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag” isn’t my cup of tea, either. Granted, it’s virtually impossible to do good versions of songs by masters like James Brown and Marvin Gaye, but if you know that, don’t try unless you’re incredibly good.

That said, they are a really good live band and singer Mayka Edyole is a great performer. So who am I to criticise, yes?

Here’s a video of The Sweet Vandals playing “Charlie Love” live on German television.

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