Thursday, June 20, 2013

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes!

Between reviewing albums for Maritime Vinyl and 97.9 CHSR FM, I am constantly discovering new and old music. Good albums exist; however, they are few and far between. The lyrics can be complex, deep and/or meaningful, but sometimes they really need work. All of this exploring takes a great deal of attention especially when I am giving a critical review.
At times a break is needed, not from music, but from thinking (enter ‘dumbass’ joke here).  Every now and then, I just feel like listening to something that’s familiar and entertaining.
Enter Me First and the Gimme Gimme’s! This is a punk supergroup consisting of members who already have successful music careers. They are not about originality, stardom or money, but instead they play covers of their favorite songs, and have fun!
The band members are: Spike Slawson of Swing’ Utters and Re-Volts on vocals; Fat Mike of NOFX on bass, Chris Shifllett of Foo Fighters on lead guitar, Joey Cape of Lagwagon on guitar and backing vocals and Dave Raun also of Lagwagon on drums. These five guys have the talent to play amazing songs and the sense of humour to keep their fans smiling.

You can hear them play 60’s classics like Bob Dylan’s Blowing in the Wind and The Beach Boys’ Sloop John B.  Or, if you’re in the mood for country, you can listen to them play Willie Nelson’s On The Road Again or Garth Brooks’ Much to Young (to feel this damn old). Hell, you can ever hear them play the Ghostbusters theme or check out their newest LP called Sing in Japanese which is… well… them singing in Japanese.
Below are some of my favorite cover by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. Enjoy!


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