Indie pop act Zolof The Rock & Roll Destroyer and ska mainstays Reel Big Fish teamed up in what some would call an unlikely pairing for a split EP of lovable proportions. Duet All Night Long (get it?) features the two bands trading tracks back-and-forth (three apiece) that were written by other people. While the bands each take half of the six offered tracks, Zolof’s Rachel Minton sings on all of the RBF offerings, and Aaron Barrett and Scott Klopfenstein take turns crooning with the Zolof crew. While the premise takes a lot of words to fully describe, it ultimately pays off musically and offers the listener a lighthearted, fun covers experience much in the vein of what Me First & The Gimme Gimmes do, albeit this time with tinges of RBF and Zolof’s other material.
The vocal interplay between Barrett and Minton works wonders for RBF’s bouncy take on The Smiths’ “Ask.” The song is very reminiscent of RBF’s upstroke ska, and Minton’s voice adds a nice element to what RBF usually do really well. Zolof take their first turn with dressing up Madonna’s “Dress You Up,” which features some great synth leads. Barrett’s vocals take the cake over Minton’s this time around, until – surprise! – the duet during the chorus with both singers works famously yet again. The song’s highlight is in its ending, though, which is nothing but good, clean fun.
RBF takes full advantage of its tight horn section on “Lyin’ Ass Bitch,” which again (like all of the tracks here) benefits from the two vocalists singing in unison. Some sing-along “la la la”s bring nothing but guilty enjoyment to the track. Without being taken seriously, the cover is brilliant – very reminiscent of a Los Campesinos! track. Zolof’s cover of “Don’t You Want Me” is likely the truest cover on the album, and while the song is a real gem regardless of who’s performing it, the bands take the fewest liberties here, which acts as both blessing and curse. “It’s Not Easy” is ridiculously goofy thanks to its lyrical content, but is still a smile inducer. Finally, Solof ends the record with “Say Say Say,” and their lighthearted take is absolutely pop-tastic, much like the rest of the disc.
Duet All Night Long features two really fun bands rearranging some fun songs in a fun way, and what you get is a pleasant listen that never takes itself too seriously. Good times – nothing more or nothing less.
01. Ask (originally by The Smiths) – Reel Big Fish
02. Dress You Up (originally by Madonna) – Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer
03. Lyin’ Ass Bitch (originally by Fishbone) – Reel Big Fish
04. Don’t You Want Me (originally by The Human League) – Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer
05. It’s Not Easy (originally from the Walt Disney animated film Pete’s Dragon) – Reel Big Fish
06. Say Say Say (originally by Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney) – Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer
Run Time: 20:18
Release Date: February 20, 2007