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For more than a decade, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes have given the four-chord treatment to almost every pop music genre:  R&B (Prince, R. Kelly, Bill Withers), ‘60s pop (Del Shannon, Beatles, Dylan) classic rock hits (Zeppelin, Styx, Carpenters) and even country (Dixie Chicks, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams).  Their 1997 debut, Have a Ball, celebrated the soft-rock hits of yesteryear, with covers of mellow, treacly hits by Elton John, Loggins & Messina, and Billy Joel.  More than a decade later, Have Another Ball  continues that theme, gathering tracks originally recorded for the debut. (Think of it as a two-disc set with a decade of breathing space.) If you’ve been dying to hear Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Boxer” sounding as if a rabid Chihuahua is nipping at its heels, this is your chance. Or if you’ve lain awake at night, imagining what “You’ve Got a Friend” would sound like if it were deliriously upbeat and celebratory, instead of a moribund downer, well, here it is. This ain’t your mom’s “Country Roads” or “Rich Girl” — unless your mom is a hip chick who never liked the originals in the first place. The Gimme Gimmes are all about having a good time, and the goofy grin on your face is what they were aiming for all along.

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Best cover band ever

if you like music, and you're not lame, you'll love Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. They are the change this country needs.

Not the Gimme's Best. But OK

They are the best cover band period. This may not be their best album by far, but worth a look. Country roads is great. Coming to America was released on a concert album with other bands awhile ago. Me first rehashes Neil like noone can

You've Got A Friend...

... in Me First and the Gimmes Gimmes if you love classic songs reworked as upbeat punk numbers. Ok - so that's not exactly a normal genre, but the Gimmes make everything they do their own and do so with an impish glee that breathes new life into old (but good) songs. This album is no exception. Give it a go - and here's hoping the Gimmes go on tour sometime soon - I'd love to see them live. (First post! Awesome.)


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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