Me First And The Gimme Gimmes

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Punk rock supergroup that exclusively performs cover songs, formed in 1995 by musicians on the Fat Wreck Chords roster. They reinterpret popular songs in a punk rock style, often working in musical interpretations of existing punk songs. Each of their albums has a different musical theme. The bulk of their output has been on Fat Wreck Chords, with some singles and EPs released on other independent labels.

The band was formed by bassist "Fat Mike" Burkett (NOFX), guitarists Joey Cape (Lagwagon) and Chris Shiflett (then of No Use For A Name, using the alias "Jake Jackson"), drummer Dave Raun (then of Rich Kids On LSD, soon to join Lagwagon), and singer Spike Slawson (who worked in the Fat Wreck Chords warehouse and later joined Swingin' Utters). Their early releases were 7" singles of songs from the 1960s/1970s "AM Gold" era, named after the artists being covered: "Denver" for John Denver, "Billy" for Billy Joel, etc. Several of these songs, along with a few new recordings, comprised their first studio album, 1997's Have A Ball. Are A Drag followed in 1999, consisting of showtunes from musicals. Also that year, Shiflett left No Use For A Name and joined the Foo Fighters.

2001's Blow In The Wind covered 1960s pop hits, while 2003's Take A Break tackled the R&B genre. A live album, Ruin Jonny's Bar Mitzvah, followed in 2004; recorded at an actual bar mitzvah, it found the band covering karaoke favorites. In 2006 the band released Love Their Country on which they covered country songs; it was accompanied by the "Square Dance Series" of square-shaped 7"s. Have Another Ball was released in 2008, consisting of songs from the Have A Ball era, most of them previously released on 7"s.

The EPs Go Down Under and Sing In Japanese were released in 2011 to coincide with the band's tours of Australia and Japan, consisting of covers of artists from those countries. For their 2014 album Are We Not Men? We Are Diva!, they covered songs made famous by "diva" singers. The compilation Rake It In: The Greatestest Hits was released in 2018.

Due to the members' other commitments, many fill-in musicians have performed with Me First And The Gimme Gimmes on tour. Examples include Brian Baker, Schiflett's brother Scott Shiflett, Eric Melvin, Adam Stern, Mark Mortensen, Grant McIntire, Barry Dalive, Warren Fitzgerald, Lindsay McDougall, Chris Cheney, Stacey Dee, Andrew Pinching, John Wickersham, and John Reis. Since 2014, Burkett has seldom performed live with the group; Jay Bentley and C.J. Ramone have often served as touring bassists in his stead. In 2019, Chris Shiflett stated that he was no longer involved with the group.
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FAT554 Have A Ball — Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Have A Ball (Album) Fat Wreck Chords FAT554 US 1997 Sell This Version
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FAT586-4 Are A Drag — Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Me First & The Gimme Gimmes* Are A Drag (Album) Fat Wreck Chords FAT586-4 US 1999 Sell This Version
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FAT620-2 Blow In The Wind — Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Blow In The Wind (Album) Fat Wreck Chords FAT620-2 US 2001 Sell This Version
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FAT650-2 Take A Break — Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Take A Break (Album) Fat Wreck Chords FAT650-2 US 2003 Sell This Version
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FAT674-1 Ruin Jonny's Bar Mitzvah — Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Ruin Jonny's Bar Mitzvah (Album) Fat Wreck Chords FAT674-1 US 2004 Sell This Version
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FAT712 Love Their Country — Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Love Their Country (Album) Fat Wreck Chords FAT712 US 2006 Sell This Version
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FAT729 Have Another Ball! (The Unearthed A-Sides Album) — Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Have Another Ball! (The Unearthed A-Sides Album) (Album, Comp) Fat Wreck Chords FAT729 US 2008 Sell This Version
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FAT919-1 Are We Not Men? We Are Diva! — Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Are We Not Men? We Are Diva! (Album) Fat Wreck Chords FAT919-1 USA & Europe 2014 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

FAT531 Denver — Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Denver Fat Wreck Chords FAT531 US 1995 Sell This Version
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86485-7 Billy — Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Billy Epitaph 86485-7 US 1996 Sell This Version
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S1-10 Barry — Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Barry(7") Side 1 Records (2), Dummy Recordings S1-10 US 1997 Sell This Version
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HR624-7 Diamond — Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Diamond(7") Hopeless Records HR624-7 US 1997 Sell This Version
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KFS-7002 Paul — Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Paul(7") Kung Fu Records KFS-7002 US 1997 Sell This Version
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VIRUS 226 In Your Barcalounger — Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Me First & The Gimme Gimmes* In Your Barcalounger (Single) Alternative Tentacles VIRUS 226 US 1999 Sell This Version
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LK219 Garf — Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Garf Lookout! Records LK219 US 1999 Sell This Version
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DON 020-7 Elton — Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Me First & The Gimme Gimmes* Elton(7", Single) Honest Don's DON 020-7 US 1999 Sell This Version
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BYO 071 Shannon — Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Shannon (Single) Better Youth Organization BYO 071 US 2001 Sell This Version
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PZCY-2 Turn Japanese — Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Turn Japanese(HDCD, EP) Pizza Of Death Records PZCY-2 Japan 2001 Sell This Version
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NR-15841 Stevens — Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Stevens(7", Single, Ltd, Blu) Nitro Records NR-15841 US 2001 Sell This Version
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JT1086 Jackson — Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Jackson (Single) Jade Tree JT1086 US 2003 Sell This Version
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NIR148 Stevie — Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Stevie (Single) No Idea Records NIR148 US 2003 Sell This Version
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FAT229 Willie — Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Willie (Single) Fat Wreck Chords FAT229 US 2007 Sell This Version
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FAT228-7 Cash — Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Cash (Single) Fat Wreck Chords FAT228-7 US 2007 Sell This Version
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FAT227-7 Dolly — Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Dolly (Single) Fat Wreck Chords FAT227-7 US 2007 Sell This Version
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FAT231 Jerry — Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Jerry (Single) Fat Wreck Chords FAT231 US 2008 Sell This Version