On the cruise ship the music seemed to fit the rather 60's nature of the whole boating experience. Pastel Vespa is like nothing you would have heard before. Imagine you're enjoying a cruise and you're sitting in the bar with a gin and tonic, then you hear the familiar tones of a pop classic drifting your way - let's say, Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus. On first hearing you think "I know this song - marvellous!" Then you realise, "Since when did Teenage Dirtbag have a boss nova keyboard beat to it? Since when was it sung by a rather pretty Brazilian woman who has terrible trouble saying Iron Maiden, but hey, who cares: it sounds great nonetheless.
This is what Pastel Vespa are - cabaret but fantastic. They remind me of other notable cabaret style pop acts such as Kikki & Herb (who are famous for their version of Fox In The Snow by Belle and Sebastian). The versions of the songs on this CD sound so fantastic and often make the original song sound alot different than you remember it, and sometimes even making old pop greats sound that little bit more pop. Surely that can only be a good thing.
I don't think I'll ever be able to listen to Anarchy In The UK again without thinking of the great French Pastel Vespa version... They certainly are a band with vision of sorts.
As I disembarked the boat on the shores of Brazil I felt my job complete. I had found Pastel Vespa playing on the boat and I felt relieved that my job here for the friends of the heroes was complete. I sort of missed rainy English weather and fish and chips, so with Anarchy In The UK ringing in my head I flew home and sat in my conservatory dreaming of where my travels will take me next in the search for nice original music...