Netherfriends, a Chicago, Illinois, band has recorded a tribute to Harry Nilsson in the form of a half-dozen songs created from samples of Harry Nilsson’s music. Shawn Rosenblatt, the only constant member of the group, layered samples from Nilsson’s recordings and remixed the vocals to create Netherfriends Does Nilsson.
The Lafayette, Louisiana, band decided to record the songs for the EP after appearing at a Harry Nilsson tribute. Embuing the songs with the group’s “trademark pop schizophrenia” – while ensuring that they can be performed live – took several months.
“Nilsson is a gifted songwriter, overshadowed by his famous friends.” explained Brass Bed’s frontman, Christiaan Maderstill, “His work hearkens back, in the best ways, to a time when the song itself was the prize. So it bears revisiting with new ideas for production.”