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Album Review

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes just can't get enough of other people's songs. The grabby bunch took their sledgehammer to pop and rock on their debut Have a Ball, show tunes got their come-uppance on Are a Drag, the '60s were sent reeling with Blow in the Wind, and R&B was smashed and grabbed on Take a Break. After that, the band took a break, at least from their studio; their fifth album was live. But now the demanding bunch are back, and this time, it's country that gets a kicking. More C&W-styled numbers are easy targets, be it the ever popular "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky," which here gallops straight into hardcore, "Desperado," which will never escape this incendiary melodic punk rock arrangement, and "On the Road Again," which is delivered up in a similar sizzling style. "Jolene," having already suffered the indignities of a goth make-over, is now manhandled by the Gimmes, who storm Dollyland with utter abandon and a barrage of guitars and battering drums, all the better to keep their man — hmm, shades of Brokeback Mountain. "Annie's Song" is dragged off of John Denver's country roads, and dumped center stage in the middle of a rock concert, which is just where it belongs. Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" gets even more inspired treatment, including a bagpipe! Even a seemingly straightforward punk do-over like "Goodbye Earl" provides some scintillating moments, from the Rancid meets the Clash styling to the bright harmonies and soaring lead guitar licks. The musicianship really shines through on this set, the guitars blaze, the bass becomes assaultive, and the rolling drums sound like the thunder of mortar in the distance, while the production is equally notable. But hey, the Gimmes can play country, too — well almost — the first half of "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)" boasts some fine fingerpickin' guitar, although the country styling keeps sliding into surf: hey, your roots are showing, guys. Now this is country music everyone can enjoy, gimme more!

Customer Reviews


Me first and the gimme gimmes are brilliant,they take the best songs ever written and turn them into balls to the wall punk anthems. They're perfect for guys like me who love wimpy pop and country songs but don't like to admit it. On this album they tackle country classics and they do a fantastic job. All of the songs maintain the integrity of the original, yet they sound like they were supposed to be punk songs. The job they do on classics like desperado and Jolene and goodbye Earl, have to be heard to believed. They actually ruined the original version of goodbye Earl for me. Now whenever I hear the original it just sounds too slow and boring. To sum it up this is a great punk album and I highly recommend it.


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Buy it!!!

See them live! They're comical on stage. Fat Mike and Joey Cape are funny.


Formed: 1995 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Punk's premier cover artists, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes are a conglomerate of some of the most recognizable faces in new-school punk. Drawn together by a mutual love of '60s and '70s music, the Gimme Gimmes work exclusively as a cover band. Their repertoire includes songs from such acts as Neil Diamond, Billy Joel, and John Denver. With an ever-changing cast of characters, singer Spike Slawson (of the Swingin' Utters) originally formed the Gimme Gimmes in 1995, drawing on the talents of NOFX...
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