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Thursday, 13 August 2009

You keep me hanging on - Vanilla Fudge

Oh dear. Whenever the song 'You keep me hangin' on' is mentioned, the cover version by the Sixties band Vanilla Fudge comes up. I guess at the time it was quite an innovation to record a song in a different style than the original (in this case, slower and in a rock fashion), but when you listen to it now, you can't help but noticed the dated sound of it all and the terrible lead vocals by Mark Stein. This is even more obvious in the B-side, which sounds like an amateur band at best.

Still, the band managed to reach number 18 in the UK singles chart and number 13 in the Dutch Top 40. After this one hit, they disappeared from the charts until their breakup in 1970. But like in bad horror movies, the band keeps being reanimated - they have reformed in various lineups three times already.

My collection: 7" single no. 2980
Found: Record fair, Amsterdam, April 16, 1998
Cost: 5 guilders
Tracks: 'You keep me hanging on' / 'Take me for a little while'

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