cd track listing:
|1. Last Caress
2. Astro Zombies
3. Where Eagles Dare
4. Some Kinda Hate
5. Hybrid Moments
7. Teenagers From Mars
11. Die, Die My Darling [ real ]
THE NUTLEY BRASS
FIEND CLUB LOUNGE
"Fiend Club Lounge features frankly piss-funny lounge-lizard reworkings of Misfits classics...Evil has never sounded so damn kitsch. Find it."
- Paul Travers, Kerrang!
"Ahh, this is genius. This is a really cool, fun CD and a definite must for hardcore Misfits fans."
- Ben Snakepit, Razorcake
"This album is absolute genius...ridiculously funny."
- Shane Farver, Slugmag
"If these shaken-not-stirred instrumental versions of Misfits classics don't at least get you to crack a smile, then you need to get out of the house more often"
"Unlike the 90¹s wave of fake lounge singing versions of punk songs (or The Osbournes loungey theme song) these instrumentals that make exotica, sappy jazz, and lounge music out of Misfits songs is fun but not a joke. The joyful, inventive arrangements are really excellent, and the musicianship is top notch."
"Truly beyond type-able description, FIEND CLUB LOUNGE is simply... well absolutely, seam-splitting, pants-pizzilingly HYSTERICAL!"
4 Stars. - Gary Vermin, Horrorwood Babble on.com
"after popping 'Fiend Club Lounge' into the ol' disc player in my car, I came within 5 feet of hitting a tree, after hearing the first 20 seconds of 'Last Caress'. For Misfits completists, this recording is a must have. If there is a Misfits fiend in your life, these lounge lizard interpretations will bring joy and uncontrollable laughter to their life. Imagine Tom Jones' back up orchestra playing out the music of bands like the Buzzcocks, Minor Threat, Black Flag, the Ramones, and the Misfits. Makes you chuckle just thinking about it, doesn't it? In short, the music is SO wrong, it's right. ---the Fiend Club Lounge is open for business, baby, so throw on your red smoking jackets and fez caps! If you are a Misfits fan, AND disturbing things make you smile, behold your Holy Grail." Rated in terms of twisted hilarity: 94 points.
- DeadSun, Antimusic.com
"sly, clever, and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny...there's no denying it's a hoot."
- Keith Bergman, Blabbermouth.net
"The first thing you need to understand about this release is that it is meant to be tongue and cheek. It's not meant to be a serious interpretation of the Misfits music; it's just meant to be fun. ...sounds like something Goldie Hawn would have danced to during the breaks on Laugh-In...could have easily fit in with the musical Grease or any Frankie Avalon movie. The Nutley Brass does an outstanding job of interpreting the Misfits music in an unconventional style. After hearing the Nutley Brass' version of 'Die Die My Darling' I realized it may not be so bad to die. If you enter the lounge with an open mind and a fondness for the Misfits, you're sure to have a good time. If you're someone that takes your music seriously you might not get what this CD is all about."
4 out of 5 Stars. -George Dionne, Rock-is-life.com
"you need this most amazing cover CD by the Nutley Brass. This is a fun CD to listen to, one of those guilty pleasures that you just cannot let go of...this was honestly a great idea and Ryko did well to want to put this out. If you have an open mind and a sense of humor, you will check this out."
9/10 - Jeffrey Easton, Metal-Exiles.com
"The collection reinterprets the Misfits as kitsch for the cocktail lounge, suggesting 1960s instrumental classics like Herb Alpert's Whipped Cream & Other Delights or anything from gonzo bandleader Juan Garcia Esquivel. Sam Elwitt, the composer behind Nutley Brass, has actually been at this awhile. He also did an album of instrumental pop Ramones covers, the highlight of which was a hilarious elevator music version of "Blitzkrieg Bop" that a nun could hum along to. "Hilarious" is right: Elwitt never gets too serious with his Nutley material, so there's no reason for punk rock purists to get bent out of shape over Fiend Club Lounge. It's a novelty that happens to be well written and kind of entertaining."
3 out of 5 - Johnny Loftus, All Music Guide
"a collection of Misfits tracks performed so innocently that I wouldn't be surprised to hear them over the PA at my local department store. 'Teenagers From Mars' is probably about as weird as you could imagine, performed like the opening moments of a Broadway musical. 'Die, Die My Darling' closes out the album, performed like it should accompany the climax in a James Bond movie. Fiend Club Lounge is clearly a novelty performance; it has no pretensions about supplanting the Misfits, or even standing alone as a work, but for fans, it's a fun, and -- dare I say it -- 'cute' look at the Misfits."
3 out of 3 stars. Aubin, Punk News.org
"First you heard about RICHARD CHEESE, then you heard about PAUL ANKA, but before these guys, there was THE NUTLEY BRASS. Brass is exactly what it takes, to take classic era MISFITS songs and render them into lounge music, brass balls, that is...those out there that are true fans of musicianship will absolutely love and appreciate the talent and creativity that it took to make a CD like this happen. I am a long time Misfits fan...it absolutely did not disappoint me."
5 Stars - Paragon Rob, Foundry Music.com
"the Zombie masters are being paid homage to by their own states
ide, NJ brothers The Nutley Brass Section just adds a whole new light to some of the classic Misfits music. 'Last Caress' is a kick especially after having the Metallica one drilled in the head this lightens up the whole vibe. 'Some Kind Of Hate' sounds like it could be in a horror movie or a follow up to Animal House. They close the thing out with 'Die, Die My Darling' and I'm floored. If you even take a dare to step over a musical line then you love this as if you like lounge music. We need more lounge music these days. This is a record that made my ears tune into different sounds and a cool tribute to the Jersey Phnom known as The Misfits."
3 Stars - Hammerhead Zine.com
"You've heard their music covered by bands like AFI and more famously, Metallica; however, I bet Misfits have never been tweaked so uniquely by anyone as Sam Elwitt's Nutley Brass with their new tribute ...Fiend Club Lounge. It wasn't until a couple of minutes into 'Last Caress' that I realized I was listening to more than just a twisted tribute to Misfits music. While one might think the album was a humorous effort designed to fill a niche, there's actually a great respect for Misfits and their effect on the entire music scene from metal to ... well ... lounge. The weirdest thing for me was that I could almost hear Wayne Newton or Tom Jones singing the lyrics to 'Die, Die My Darling' and 'Hatebreeders,' which says a lot for the way the Nutley Brass played out their versions of these songs. Instrumentally, this album gave me chills. Fiend Club Lounge is well-rehearsed, expertly revised and the sinister undertones certainly put it on my list of the most original tribute albums of all time. If you're walking the line between our reality and the dark dimension, I recommend this record ... if for no other reason than to freak out your friends!"
3 & a half stars. - John Foxworthy, Garage Radio
Jerry Only comments on Fiend Club Lounge: "If Cat women from the moon landed in Tijuana in the 60's this is the kind of music they would march to! The Nutley Brass version of 'Die, Die My Darling' is swirling with 007 suspense like the soundtrack of an early James Bond movie. The horns seem to jet out like one of the old albums from the Tijuana Brass. Classic, I repeat, CLASSIC."
Original Misfits guitarist Franché Coma comments: "I will say this: 'Misfits meet the Nutley Brass: Fiend Club Lounge' is one of the best renditions of some of the best Misfits songs ever recorded. Any true, and I mean true musician will appreciate the intricacies of the instrumentations on this CD. It takes punk music to a different level. It shows us how anything is possible if you want to make it happen. You'll think you are listening to a soundtrack from a big screen movie. A great lush theatrical feel. I compliment the engineers, the producers and everyone involved with this production. OUTSTANDING JOB!!! I was truly, truly, impressed! They should be proud of this release."