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Album Review

America's greatest cover band keeps finding new worlds to conquer, and on their fifth album Me First and the Gimme Gimmes present a unique ethnomusicological document — a field recording of our heroes performing at an actual Bar Mitzvah celebration in Malibu, California (or a reasonable facsimile thereof). Ruin Jonny's Bar Mitzvah features the Gimme Gimmes performing a selection of classic rock standards as only they can (fast, loud, and with a high snot factor) as they roar through "Come Sail Away," "The Longest Time," "Take It on the Run" and "Strawberry Fields Forever" for a seemingly puzzled audience of thirteen-year-olds and their parents. Of course, these guys make it their business to have something for everyone, so they also throw in a little bit of country music ("Delta Dawn"), an old Italian favorite ("O Sole Mio"), and not one but two versions of "Hava Nagila"! Pretty much everything is on-board reduced to a blurry haze of power chord hilarity, which is certainly true to form for the Gimme Gimmes, but the one-take live recording (complete with a set break) shows these guys have truly mastered their shtick by this point, and beneath the goofy surface of their style they have a strong grasp of what makes for a good hook and a cool tune, regardless of genre. It's not the same without the presence of the ice cream bar, but Me First and the Gimme Gimmes' Ruin Jonny's Bar Mitzvah is the next best thing to being there (and the enhanced video track allows you to witness the action first hand). So how much do these guys get to play a retirement party?

Customer Reviews

Umm read the album review

Yes, there is talking in the tracks. The album review clearly states that this is a live performance from a Bar Mitzvah. If you are looking for a studio produced album, check out one of their many other awesome albums. anyone who wants to know about the talking in the songs...its a live album.

thats all i have to say, other than this is a great live album.

Like a funny movie that never gets old

As for the "talking" mentioned in another review, the banter is priceless, as is the anemic applause (with the exception of a few 14 year olds screaming "punk rock"). It's called "ruin Johnny's Bar Mitzvah." As self-deprecating as the gimme gimmes are, the fact is they are a great punk band with jaw-dropping power-- listen to Superstar. Wow. And like a little riddle it's fun placing the classic punk song intros to all their songs.


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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