For a new wave punk super-group that specializes in transformative rock and pop covers, look no further than Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. With six studio records under this band's belt since 1995, this energetic outlet is reinventing classics from all over the musical spectrum. Looking at their comprehensive discography, it's hard to believe that this all started as a little side project for members of NOFX, Foo Fighters, No Use for a Name, Swingin' Utters and Lagwagon. Their debut in 1997, Have a Ball, demonstrated the full force of a musical convergence between Fat Mike, Chris Shiflett, Spike Slawson, Dave Raun and Joey Cape. It was subsequently followed by 1999's Are a Drag, 2001's Blow in the Wind, 2003's Take a Break, 2006's Love Their Country and 2014's Are We Not Men? We Are Diva!
A Taste of Everything: Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
Gradually, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes started to theme their records according to the genre being spoofed. This led to heavy R&B influences on Take a Break, which showcased renditions of classics by Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin. Meanwhile, Love their Country veered towards folk favorites from Dixie Chicks, Kenny Rogers, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson and The Eagles. Are We Not Men? We Are Diva! included covers of Lady Gaga, Madonna, Cher, Celine Dion, Christina Aguilera, Paula Abdul and Barbra Streisand. The early work of Me First and the Gimme Gimmes focused on classic rock with tributes to Barry Manilow, Carly Simon, Elton John, James Taylor, Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel.
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Does Me First and the Gimme Gimmes have any live albums?
Yes, they released Ruin Jonny's Bar Mitzvah in 2004, and it contains covers of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven," Blondie's "Heart of Glass," REO Speedwagon's "Take It on the Run," The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever," The Kingston Trio's "Seasons in the Sun," Styx's "Come Sail Away" and the traditional "Sloop John B."
What are the "World EPs" by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes?
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes released Go Down Under to accompany their Australian tour in 2011, and the record exclusively featured songs by performers from the country, including INXS, Olivia Newton-John and Sammy Hagar. The group did the same thing for their Japanese tour that year as well by releasing Sing in Japanese, which included music by The Tigers, The Blue Hearts and Takuro Yoshida.
Who has toured in Me First and the Gimme Gimmes?
The touring band has featured Brian Baker (Bad Religion and Minor Threat), C.J. Ramone, Barry d'live Ward (Rich Kids on LSD), Chris Cheney (The Living End) and Scott Shiflett (Viva Death and Face to Face).
Why are they named Me First and the Gimme Gimmes?
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes' moniker is derived from a book for children by authors Diane V. Cirincione and Gerald G. Jampolsky.
What songs are commonly in a Me First and the Gimme Gimmes setlist?
In 2019, their setlists featured "Jolene" by Dolly Parton, "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" by Andrew Lloyd Webber, "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard" by Paul Simon, "Uptown Girl" by Billy Joel, "Karma Chameleon" by Culture Club, "Danny's Song" by Loggins & Messina and "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor.
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