Me First and the Gimme Gimmes - Blowin' in the Wind
Fat Wreck Chords
The third time is definitely the charm for this punk rock supergroup.
For those of you who don't know, Me First & The Gimme Gimmes is the
all-cover punk band constructed out of former and current members of
NOFX, Lagwagon, Swingin' Utters, No Use For A Name, and more. Their
mission: to punkify a decade's worth of songs in less than a half hour.
Do they succeed? With flying colors. MFTGGs' first album, while highly
entertaining, had some clunkers [do we really need a punk version of
"Mandy" or "Fire and Rain?"]. Their second album is a personal favorite
of mine, consisting of redone showtunes. The problem was with their
audience -- how many 14-year old skatepunks do you know who avidly enjoy
Evita, Phantom Of The Opera, and Porgie And Bess? I've been hearing
those songs all my life and loved hearing MFTGGs tear up Broadway, but I
don't think many other people did. But they finally hit the nail right
on the head with their latest album. The theme? The Sixties. Everyone,
and I mean everyone knows these songs. "Sloop John B," "All My
Lovin'," "My Boyfriend's Back" -- these are classics in any form. There
honestly is not one dud out of the 13 tracks on here, and some of the
song openings will make you do a double take. While covering these 60's
popsters, The Gimmes managed to weave in some punk licks from No Use For
A Name, Bad Religion, NOFX, and even The Clash, making for an extremely
entertaining listen. I highly recommend this to anyone who even remotely
likes punk in any form -- this album will make you laugh, it will make you
smile, and it will make you drive around with the windows down singing Bob
Dylan and Cat Stevens licks at the top of your lungs.
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