"Ramones Songbook as Played
by the Nutley Brass"
The Nutley Brass, 1999
thought you'd see the day when the attitude of New York punk darlings the
would smack headlong into a lounge band? Well, that day has come under
the leadership of Sam Elwitt and his Nutley Brass.
In the fine spirit of the Hollywood Strings and 101
Strings, the Nutley Brass have put the power chord
angst of the Joey Ramone and company into the lounge blender
and made what can only be thought of as a punk smoothie. Recorded in what
they call "dynamic extra-relaxing monophonic" sound, the
are a mix of a high school marching band, Herb
Alpert's Tijuana Brass, and the legendary Al Hirt. They cover
all the Ramones classic like "I Wanna Be Sedated," "Rock
'n' Roll High School," "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?" and (Hey
Ho, Let's Go) "Blitzkrieg Bop." Some may argue that combining punk and
lounge is a unforgivable sin, but as the liner notes say, "(The Nutley
Brass) have transformed one kind of genius into another: starting
out with a silk purse, the end product is another silk purse--a top quality
musical feast, and not a sow's ear in sight."
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