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.
...scott heisel...

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