Recycle It!: VV Brown Gets 'Padlocked'

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


The 80's music nut that I am latched onto this like the roof of a mouth to peanut butter. Here we have British quirktress, VV Brown take on Gwen Guthrie's 1983 classic, "Padlock" and it's a nice excursion into modern funk. Gwen Guthrie released the Larry Levan produced, "Padlock" off of her second effort, Portrait. After it got an offical release in 1985 it became one of the singer's signature cuts not to mention a dance club smash.

Now some 25 years later, VV Brown covered the track for the HMV My Inspiration series, and inspired she was, as VV takes on Guthrie's classic quite smoothly and with lots of spunk, adding in more synth effects to give it that early 80's R&B sheen. Though it doesn't stray too far out of making the song sound totally different, it's a listen that let's you do the time warp again and reminisce about a time where R&B wasn't so complicated.

Padlock (VV Brown) 
Padlock (Gwen Guthrie)

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