NUTLEY BRASS (Buy CDs by this artist)
Ramones Songbook as Played by the Nutley Brass EP7 (Vital Music) 1995
The Nutley Brass Plays the Greatest Hits of Shimmy-Disc! (Shimmy-Boot) 1995
Beat on the Brass (UK Nectar Masters) 1996
The loungecore happy hour truly one of the most pointless form-over-function musical affectations in recent memory is largely the refuge of those with one simple, silly idea. Led by Sam Elwitt (also of the Sea Monkeys), the Nutley Brass New Jersey's own goofy easy-listening marching band at least pours some conceptual imagination into the cocktail mix. The Nutley Brass Plays the Greatest Hits of Shimmy-Disc!, true to its title, contains deadpan loopy instrumental renditions of tunes by Fly Ashtray, Uncle Wiggly, Daniel Johnston, King Missile, Lida Husik and seven other bands from the roster; that few listeners are likely to recognize the original songs only makes the joke funnier. Elevator goooooing....sideways!
Likewise, the Ramones Songbook 7-inch offers jaunty strike-up-the-band/'60s sitcom renditions of "Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment," "Beat on the Brat," "Havana Affair" and, with wonderfully ludicrous "ooh!" "aah!" contributions by the David Abramson Singers, "Chinese Rocks." Taking a broader view, the band turns its unwanted attentions on a stack of punk and new wave classics on Beat on the Brass.[Ira Robbins]
All contents copyright 2007 Trouser Press LLC