Me First & The Gimme Gimmes

Me First & The Gimme Gimmes

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Me First and the Gimme Gimmes is a punk rock cover band that formed in 1995. Drawn together by a mutual love of 1960s, '70s and '80s music, the Gimme Gimmes work exclusively as a cover band and have covered songs from such artists as Neil Diamond, Billy Joel, and John Denver (to name but a few).
The band is composed of several very recognizable faces in the new-school punk rock scene, including Spike Slawson of the $wingin' Utter$ , Fat Mike from NOFX, Chris Shiflett of Foo Fighters (and formerly No Use For A Name), as well as Joey Cape and Dave Raun of Lagwagon. The band wasn't originally planning on making an album, appearing only on compilation albums for their first year. In 1996, however, the band began releasing singles named after the singer they had covered. They produced the 7" singles "Billy" (Joel), (Neil) "Diamond", "Paul" (Simon), (John) "Denver", and "Barry" (Manilow) in this manner. Their first album, “Have a Ball”, was released in 1997. The band still performs whenever its members aren't busy with their other bands, and makes plenty of guest appearances on punk compilations.
Each album by the band is themed differently: “Have a Ball” focuses on classic 1970s and early 1980s songs by artists like Elton John, Neil Diamond, and John Denver; “Are a Drag” consists entirely of showtunes,Blow In The Wind consists of 60's classics, Take A Break consists entirely of R&B songs by artists such as Boyz II Men, Lionel Richie, and Vanessa Williams; their fifth album, “Ruin Jonny's Bar Mitzvah”, was recorded live at an actual bar mitzvah and consists of pop music from the 1960s through the 1980s by artists such as REO Speedwagon, Styx and The Beatles, as well as traditionals like "Hava Nagila".
Me First and The Gimme Gimmes are also known for filling their covers with famous guitar riffs from songs by other punk rock bands. For instance, Elenor begins with the opening tune of The Clash's London Calling, My Favourite Things begins with the melody and opening lyrics of Bad Religion's “Generator” and on the song Hava Nagila (Christmas Arrangement), the melody from The Offspring ’s “Come Out And Play” can be heard.
They entered the studio on April 3, 2006 to work on their sixth album, “Love Their Country”, which was released on October 17, 2006. The theme of this album is country and western, and includes covers of tracks by Dixie Chicks, Garth Brooks, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash. Prior to the release of the album, Fat Wreck Chords released a digital label sampler iFloyd which included "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky" by the band.
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Me First & The Gimme Gimmes Discography

Albums

FAT554-1 Me First And The Gimme Gimmes* Have A Ball (Album) Fat Wreck Chords FAT554-1 US 1997 Sell This Version
FAT586-4 Me First And The Gimme Gimmes* Are A Drag (Album) Fat Wreck Chords FAT586-4 US 1999 Sell This Version
FAT620-1 Me First And The Gimme Gimmes* Blow In The Wind (Album) Fat Wreck Chords FAT620-1 US 2001 Sell This Version
FAT650-1 Me First And The Gimme Gimmes* Take A Break (Album) Fat Wreck Chords FAT650-1 US 2003 Sell This Version
FAT674-1 Me First And The Gimme Gimmes* Ruin Jonny's Bar Mitzvah (Album) Fat Wreck Chords FAT674-1 US 2004 Sell This Version
FAT712-1 Me First And The Gimme Gimmes* Love Their Country (Album) Fat Wreck Chords FAT712-1 US 2006 Sell This Version
FAT919-1 Me First And The Gimme Gimmes* Are We Not Men? We Are Diva! (Album) Fat Wreck Chords FAT919-1 US 2014 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

FAT531 Me First And The Gimme Gimmes* Denver Fat Wreck Chords FAT531 US 1995 Sell This Version
86485-7 Me First & The Gimme Gimmes Billy(7", Gre) Epitaph 86485-7 US 1996 Sell This Version
KFS-7002 Me First And The Gimme Gimmes* Paul(7") Kung Fu Records KFS-7002 US 1997 Sell This Version
S1-10 Me First & The Gimme Gimmes Barry(7") SideOneDummy Records S1-10 US 1997 Sell This Version
HR624-7 Me First & The Gimme Gimmes Diamond(7") Hopeless Records HR624-7 US 1997 Sell This Version
VIRUS 226 Me First & The Gimme Gimmes In Your Barcalounger (Single) Alternative Tentacles VIRUS 226 US 1999 Sell This Version
DON 020-7 Me First & The Gimme Gimmes Elton(7", Single) Honest Don's DON 020-7 US 1999 Sell This Version
LK219 Me First & The Gimme Gimmes Garf(7") Lookout! Records LK219 US 1999 Sell This Version
BYO 071 Me First & The Gimme Gimmes Shannon (Single) Better Youth Organization BYO 071 US 2001 Sell This Version
PZCY-2 Me First And The Gimme Gimmes* Turn Japanese(CD, EP) Pizza Of Death Records PZCY-2 Japan 2001 Sell This Version
none Me First & The Gimme Gimmes Bob(7", Single, Ltd, Red) Fat Wreck Chords none 2001 Sell This Version
NR-15841 Me First And The Gimme Gimmes* Stevens(7", Single, Ltd, Blu) Nitro Records NR-15841 US 2001 Sell This Version
NIR148 Me First & The Gimme Gimmes Stevie (Single) No Idea Records NIR148 US 2003 Sell This Version
JT1086 Me First And The Gimme Gimmes* Jackson (Single) Jade Tree JT1086 US 2003 Sell This Version
FAT228 Me First And The Gimme Gimmes* Cash (Single) Fat Wreck Chords FAT228 US 2007 Sell This Version
FAT227-7 Me First And The Gimme Gimmes* Dolly (Single) Fat Wreck Chords FAT227-7 US 2007 Sell This Version
FAT229-7 Me First And The Gimme Gimmes* Willie (Single) Fat Wreck Chords FAT229-7 US 2007 Sell This Version
FAT230-7 Me First And The Gimme Gimmes* Kenny (Single) Fat Wreck Chords FAT230-7 US 2008 Sell This Version