Me First & The Gimme Gimmes

Also known as Gimmes, The, Me First & The Gimme Gimme's, Me First & The Gimme-Gimmes, Me First & The Gimmie Gimmies, Me First + The Gimme Gimmes, Me First And The Gimme Gimmes
Members of Me First & The Gimme Gimmes: Chris Shiflett, Dave Raun, Joey Cape, Michael Burkett, Scott Shiflett, Spike Slawson
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.gimmegimmes.com, http://www.myspace.com/gimmegimmes, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Me_First_%26_The_Gimme_Gimmes

Discography of Me First & The Gimme Gimmes:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Are A Drag 12 Audio 1999-05-18 Fat Wreck Chords
2 In Your Barcalounger 2 Audio 1999 Alternative Tentacles
3 Take A Break 13 Audio 2003-07-01 Fat Wreck Chords
4 Jackson 2 Audio 2003-08-26 Jade Tree
5 Take A Break 13 Audio 2003 Fat Wreck Chords
6 Have A Ball 12 Audio 1997-07-29 Fat Wreck Chords
7 Paul 2 Audio 1997 Kung Fu Records
8 Love Their Country 12 Audio 2006-10-17 Fat Wreck Chords
9 Have A Ball 12 Audio 1997-07-29 Fat Wreck Chords
10 Ruin Jonny's Bar Mitzvah 14 Audio 2004 Fat Wreck Chords
11 Ruin Jonny's Bar Mitzvah 19 Audio 2004-10-19 Fat Wreck Chords
12 Cash 2 Audio 2007-11-06 Fat Wreck Chords
13 Willie 2 Audio 2007-12-11 Fat Wreck Chords
14 Kenny 2 Audio 2008-01-22 Fat Wreck Chords
15 Jerry 2 Audio 2008-03-04 Fat Wreck Chords
16 Denver 2 Audio 1995-08-26 Fat Wreck Chords
17 Shannon 2 Audio 2001 Better Youth Organization
18 Elton 2 Audio 1999-02-09 Honest Don's
19 Have Another Ball! (The Unearthed A-Sides Album) 14 Audio 2008-07-08 Fat Wreck Chords
20 Dolly 2 Audio 2007-10-16 Fat Wreck Chords
21 Willie 2 Audio 2007-12-11 Fat Wreck Chords
22 Dolly 2 Audio 2007-10-16 Fat Wreck Chords
23 Have A Ball 12 Audio 1997-07-29 Fat Wreck Chords
24 Cash 2 Audio 2007-11-06 Fat Wreck Chords
25 Jerry 2 Audio 2008-03-04 Fat Wreck Chords
26 Kenny 2 Audio 2008-01-22 Fat Wreck Chords
27 Garf 2 Audio 1999 Lookout! Records
28 Barry 2 Audio 1997 SideOneDummy Records
29 Stevens 2 Audio 2001 Nitro Records
30 Have Another Ball! (The Unearthed A-Sides Album) 12 Audio 2008-07-08 Fat Wreck Chords
31 Take A Break 13 Audio 2003 Fat Wreck Chords
32 Sing In Japanese 6 Audio 2011 Fat Wreck Chords
33 Sing In Japanese 6 Audio 2011-09-13 Fat Wreck Chords
34 Stevie 2 Audio 2003-08-31 No Idea Records
35 Stevie 2 Audio 2003-11-11 No Idea Records
36 Stevie 2 Audio 2003-08-31 No Idea Records
37 Jackson 2 Audio 2003-08-26 Jade Tree
38 Sing In Japanese 6 Audio 2011 Fat Wreck Chords
39 Have A Ball 12 Audio 1997-07-29 Fat Wreck Chords
40 Blow In The Wind 13 Audio 2001-03-20 Fat Wreck Chords
41 Ruin Jonny's Bar Mitzvah 14 Audio 2004 Fat Wreck Chords
42 Love Their Country 12 Audio 2006-10-17 Fat Wreck Chords
43 Have Another Ball! (The Unearthed A-Sides Album) 24 Audio 2008-07-08 Fat Wreck Chords
44 Bowling Bag 33 Audio 2001 Fat Wreck Chords
45 Turn Japanese 5 Audio 2001 Pizza Of Death Records
46 Love Their Country 12 Audio 2006 Fat Wreck Chords
47 Are A Drag 12 Audio 1999-05-18 Fat Wreck Chords
48 Cash 2 Audio 2007-11-06 Fat Wreck Chords
49 Have A Ball 12 Audio 2010 Fat Wreck Chords
50 Denver 2 Audio 1995-08-26 Fat Wreck Chords


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 [a=Neil Diamond], [a=Billy Joel], and [a=John Denver] (to name but a few).

The band is composed of several very recognizable faces in the new-school punk rock scene, including [a=Spike Slawson] of the [url=http://www.discogs.com/artist/Swingin%27+Utters] $wingin' Utter$ [/url], [url=http://www.discogs.com/artist/Fat+Mike+(2)] Fat Mike [/url] from [a=NOFX], [a=Chris Shiflett] of [a=Foo Fighters] (and formerly [a=No Use for a Name]), as well as [a=Joey Cape] and [a=Dave Raun] of [a=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 [a=Elton John], Neil Diamond, and John Denver; “Are a Drag” consists entirely of showtunes,[r=701826] consists of 60's classics, [r=784532] consists entirely of R&B songs by artists such as [a=Boyz II Men], [a=Lionel Richie], and [a=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 [a=REO Speedwagon], [a=Styx] and [url=http://www.discogs.com/artist/Beatles,+The] The Beatles[/url], 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 [a=Bad Religion]'s “Generator” and on the song Hava Nagila (Christmas Arrangement), the melody from [url=http://www.discogs.com/artist/Offspring,+The] The Offspring [/url]’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 [a=Dixie Chicks], [a=Garth Brooks], [a=Hank Williams] and [a=Johnny Cash]. Prior to the release of the album, [l=Fat Wreck Chords] released a digital label sampler iFloyd which included "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky" by the band.


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