Posts Tagged ‘Nutley Brass’

Tune du Jour: “Marquee Moon” – Television
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Army of Halfwits vs. Nutley Brass
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"Free markets will not prevail without unfettered competition among cover songs." - Milton Friedbyrd

“Free markets will not prevail without unfettered competition among cover songs.” – Milton Friedbyrd

Marquee Moon appeared on Television‘s first album, which coincidentally enough was also named Marquee Moon. Television was one of the earliest contributors to the new wave genre of the early to mid-70s. They were the first great band to emerge from New York’s infamous venue, CBGB. In fact, according to Mark Deming of AllMusic, they literally built the stage at CBGB. Released in 1977, Marquee Moon had been a staple of the band’s early live shows, becoming more complex and challenging over time. Richard Hell supposedly left the band because the song eventually became too difficult for him to play. Again quoting Mark Deming: “The original studio version is one of the great guitar moments in rock history (Verlaine’s final solo is nothing short of sublime), and Television’s live renditions of the tune (preserved today on a handful of bootlegs and the semi-authorized live document The Blow Up) are, if anything, even more impressive.”

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The Original

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Television:

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

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Army of Halfwits vs. Nutley Brass

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Army of Halfwits:

(Points scored right off the bat for the band’s name.)

Nutley Brass:

Who doesn’t love a brass band?

Nutley Brass is a recipient of CMI’s universally coveted title of Uni Victor Melodious Maximus in Adversarial Replication. Among the title’s myriad of rewards and benefits, perhaps most desirous is that it bestows upon the recipient the eminently yearned for privilege of having one’s name appear in print media in bold yellow!

Nutley Brass’ triumph in CMI’s THE CLASH of Cover Tunes competition is detailed below:

1/19/2014 – “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School” (Ramones) – Nutley Brass (100%) annihilates Boris the Sprinkler (0%)

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Oh the disharmony! Much like Harlan County there are no neutrals here. Only one cover tune will live to play another day and it is your solemn responsibility to decide which one prevails. So tell me … Which Side Are You On?!!?

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Tune du Jour: “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School” – The Ramones
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Boris the Sprinkler vs. Nutley Brass
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DDT Did A Job On Me ... Now I Am A Teenage Broccoli!

Well All I Eat Is Broccoli … Rock, Rock, Rock ‘n’ Roll High School

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Rock ‘n’ Roll High School was recorded by The Ramones in 1979 for the soundtrack of their musical comedy movie of the same name. What more can I really say? Not exactly one of their better efforts but a fun song, nonetheless, that was somewhat of a staple for their live shows.

The Original

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The Ramones:

There are actually three versions of the song Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. The first, produced by Ed Stasium, was intended for the soundtrack of the movie. However, this version did not make it onto the soundtrack and was not released until 1988 on the compilation album Ramones Mania. The second version, produced by Phil Spector, is a remix of the Stasium version, implementing Spector’s famed “Wall of Sound” mixing technique. Spector’s “Wall of Sound” was created by a number of electric and acoustic guitarists performing the same parts in unison, then recording the sound using an echo chamber, which resulted in a dense, layered, reverberant sound that came across well on AM radio and jukeboxes popular to that era. This is the version that was used for the soundtrack of the movie. The third version, also produced by Phil Spector, is a complete re-recording of the song for The Ramones’ album End of the Century.

This is the second version:

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THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

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Boris the Sprinkler vs. Nutley Brass Band

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Boris the Sprinkler:

In 1998 the band Boris The Sprinkler released their own version of End Of The Century, covering the fifth album by The Ramones in its entirety. According to the band: “It was recorded for under $500 in bassist Eric #2’s basement studio, a cost of less than one-half of one percent of the recording cost of the original album.”

Not at all bad for basement music!

Nutley Brass

Brass Band + The Ramones = EPIC FELICITY!

Veronica Kofman (co-auther with Dee Dee Ramone of Poison Heart: Surviving The Ramones) from the liner notes of Ramones Songbook as Played by the Nutley Brass (1988):

“I was introduced to the Nutley Brass a couple of years ago by Joey Ramone himself, who was mightily impressed by this unique combo. There have been many tributes to the Ramones over the years, but, for your listening (and dancing) pleasure, the Nutley Brass have delivered the most original homage. Joey Ramone knows a good thing when he hears it, and I didn’t need any persuading that in the Nutley Brass, he had discovered a hidden treasure. Unbelievers, who think punk bands were just a tuneless racket – eat your hats. Immediately.”

Oh the disharmony! Much like Harlan County there are no neutrals here. Only one cover tune will live to play another day and it is your solemn responsibility to decide which one prevails. So tell me … Which Side Are You On?!!?

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