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Encyclopedia > Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
Background information
Origin California, United States
Genre(s) Punk Rock/Pop-Punk
Years active 1995–present
Label(s) Fat Wreck Chords
Associated
acts
Lagwagon / NOFX / Swingin' Utters / No Use for a Name / Foo Fighters
Website GimmeGimmes.com
Members
Spike Slawson
Joey Cape
Chris Shiflett
Fat Mike
Dave Raun

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes is a punk rock cover band that formed in 1995. Drawn together by a mutual love of 1960s and 1970s music, the Gimme Gimmes work exclusively as a cover band. They have covered songs from such artists as Cat Stevens, Neil Diamond, Billy Joel, and John Denver. Image File history File links http://us. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_USA.svg‎ REDIRECT File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Elvis Presley Stevie Nicks Jodie Foster Janet Jackson Meryl Streep Jessica Lange Faye Dunaway Madonna (entertainer) Trent Reznor Diana Ross User:Mtiedemann... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Fat Wreck Chords is a San Francisco, California based independent record label, focused on punk rock, which was started by Fat Mike the lead singer and bassist of the punk rock band NOFX and his wife Erin, in 1990. ... -1... NOFX is a punk rock band from California, formed in 1983. ... $wingin Utter$ is a punk band that has been around since the late 1980s/early 1990s. ... No Use for a Name (Abbreviated NUFAN) is a Punk rock band from San Jose, California, United States, formed in 1987 by Tony Sly, Steve Papoutsis and Rory Koff. ... This article is about the band. ... Spike Slawson (second from left) with Me First and the Gimme Gimmes In a music video Spike Slawson is an American punk rock musician, a member of Me First and the Gimme Gimmes and $wingin Utter$. Having grown up in Pittsburgh[1], Slawson worked at the record label Fat Wreck... Joey Cape is the lead vocalist for the melodic punk rock band Lagwagon, from Santa Barbara, California who have completed nine albums to date. ... Christopher Aubrey Shiflett (born May 6, 1971) is a guitarist for the post grunge band the Foo Fighters. ... Michael Burkett, more commonly known as Fat Mike, is the lead singer and bassist of the popular band NOFX, as well as bass player for Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. ... Dave Raun, a resident of Fresno, California, is the drummer for the seminal California punk rock band Lagwagon. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... A cover band (or covers band) is a band that plays only cover songs. ... Yusuf Islam[2] (Arabic: يوسف إسلام) (born Steven Demetre Georgiou on 21 July 1948 in London), who was known as Cat Stevens from 1966 to 1978, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, educator, philanthropist and prominent convert to Islam. ... Neil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is an American singer and songwriter. ... William Martin Billy Joel (born May 9, 1949, in the Bronx, New York, USA) is an American singer, pianist, songwriter, and composer. ... John Denver (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), born Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. ...

Contents

History

The band wasn't originally planning on producing albums, appearing only on compilation albums for their first year. In 1995, however, the band began releasing singles named after the singer they had covered. They produced Billy, Diamond, Paul, Denver, Barry, Shannon, Stevens, and Elton in this manner. Their first album, Have a Ball, was released in 1997. William Martin Billy Joel (born May 9, 1949, in the Bronx, New York, USA) is an American singer, pianist, songwriter, and composer. ... Neil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is an American singer and songwriter. ... Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, half of the folk-singing duo Simon and Garfunkel who continues a successful solo career. ... John Denver (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), born Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. ... Barry Manilow (born Barry Alan Pincus, June 17, 1943[1] in Brooklyn, New York) is an American singer and songwriter best known for his recordings I Write the Songs, Mandy and Copacabana. His career achievements include selling more than 75 million records worldwide. ... For Dell Shannon, the pen name of a police procedural novelist, see Elizabeth Linington. ... Yusuf Islam[2] (Arabic: يوسف إسلام) (born Steven Demetre Georgiou on 21 July 1948 in London), who was known as Cat Stevens from 1966 to 1978, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, educator, philanthropist and prominent convert to Islam. ... Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE [2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a multiple Grammy and Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ... Have a Ball is the first album by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, released in 1997 on the Fat Wreck Chords independent record label. ...


Each album by the band is themed differently: Have a Ball focuses on classic 1970s and early 1980s songs by artists like John, Diamond, and Denver; Are a Drag consists entirely of showtunes, Blow in the Wind consists of 60s classics, Take a Break consists entirely of R&B songs by artists such as Boyz 2 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 traditional songs like Hava Nagila. Their latest record, Love Their Country, features a variety of country and western covers. Are a Drag was the second album by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, released in 1999 on the Fat Wreck Chords independent record label. ... Showtunes are songs written for musical theater productions, such as: The Phantom of the Opera Jesus Christ Superstar Oklahoma! Guys and Dolls Cabaret See also Musical theater Categories: Stub ... The third album by Me First & the Gimme Gimmes, released in 2001 on the Fat Wreck Chords independent record label (catalogue Number: FAT-620). ... Take a Break is the fourth album by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, released on July 1st, 2003 on Fat Wreck Chords independent record label. ... Boyz II Men is a Motown vocal group from Philadelphia, founded in 1988, consisting of Wanya Morris, Michael McCary, Shawn Stockman, and Nathan Morris. ... Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. ... Vanessa Lynn Williams This article is about Vanessa Williams the actress and singer, for the actress on Melrose Place see Vanessa Williams (actress). ... Ruin Jonnys Bar Mitzvah is a live album by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, released on October 19, 2004 on Fat Wreck Chords. ... When a Jewish child reaches the age of maturity (12 years and one day for girls, 13 years and one day for boys) that child becomes responsible for him/herself under Jewish law; at this point a boy is said to become Bar Mitzvah (בר מצו&#1493... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... REO Speedwagon is an American rock band which grew in popularity in the Midwestern United States during the 1970s and peaked in the early 1980s. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... Hava Nagila (הבא נגילה in hebrew) is a Hebrew folk song, the title meaning Let us rejoice. ... Love Their Country is the fifth studio album, and sixth overall by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. ...


The Gimmes also make a habit of wearing quirky matching costumes during their live shows. Some of the themes match the albums, such as their latest set of cowboy outfits for Love Their Country or in drag as various characters from musicals in Are a Drag. They have also done pajamas, red suits, cheerleader costumes, shiny suits with fezzes, and during one show on the Warped Tour, dressed as AFI. Easily the most common and popular costume set is their matching Hawaiian shirts, of varying styles and lurid colors over the years. Love Their Country is the fifth studio album, and sixth overall by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. ... Are a Drag was the second album by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, released in 1999 on the Fat Wreck Chords independent record label. ... Warped Tour Logo Warped Tour is a touring music and extreme sports festival. ... AFI is a three-letter acronym that may refer to: AFI (band) Air Force Instruction Armed Forces of India Amniotic Fluid Index American Film Institute Australian Film Institute Australian Foresight Institute American Football Israel association Agencia Federal de Investigación, Mexico Africa-Indian Ocean (as in AFI Region) in aviation...


The band took their name from the book for children of the same name by by Gerald G. Jampolsky and Diane V. Cirincione.


Me First and the Gimme Gimmes were scheduled to play three dates at PNC Park after Pirates games on August 26th, 27th, and 28th, 2006, but after they got booed on the first night, the next two nights were canceled. They were to play along with fireworks during the post-game "Skyblast" shows. Major league affiliations National League (1887–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 20, 21, 33, 40, 42 Name Pittsburgh Pirates (1891–present) Pittsburgh Innocents (1890) Pittsburg Alleghenies (1882–1889) (Also referred to as Infants in 1890) Ballpark PNC Park (2001–present) Three Rivers...


Current Activity

They entered the studio on April 3, 2006 to work on their sixth album, Love Their Country, which was released on October 17, 2006.[1] The theme of this album is country and western, and includes covers of tracks by Dixie Chicks, Garth Brooks, Hank Williams, Sr. and Johnny Cash.[2]. 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. is the 93rd day of the year (94th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Love Their Country is the fifth studio album, and sixth overall by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. ... is the 290th day of the year (291st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... The Dixie Chicks are a thirteen-time Grammy Award-winning female country/rock music trio from the United States comprising Emily Robison, Martie Maguire and Natalie Maines. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... For other persons named Hank Williams, see Hank Williams (disambiguation). ... It has been suggested that Johnny Cash family be merged into this article or section. ...


In late 2006, Fat Wreck Chords released another digital label sampler Christmas Bonus[3], containing a previously-unreleased cover of Arlo Guthrie's "City of New Orleans". Fat Wreck Chords is a San Francisco, California based independent record label, focused on punk rock, which was started by Fat Mike the lead singer and bassist of the punk rock band NOFX and his wife Erin, in 1990. ... Arlo Guthrie (born July 10, 1947) is an American folk singer. ... City of New Orleans is a folk song written by Steve Goodman. ...


Members

The band is composed of several very recognizable faces in the California punk rock scene: The California punk scene is a regional punk music scene that started in the late 1970’s and still exists today. ...

Chris Shiftlett's brother Scott Shiflett (of Face To Face and Viva Death) has been filling in for him on the band's most recent tours. On the European tour in 2007 NOFX guitarist Eric Melvin filled in for Fat Mike on bass. Spike Slawson (second from left) with Me First and the Gimme Gimmes In a music video Spike Slawson is an American punk rock musician, a member of Me First and the Gimme Gimmes and $wingin Utter$. Having grown up in Pittsburgh[1], Slawson worked at the record label Fat Wreck... Swingin Utters is an American punk rock band that has been around since the late 1980s/early 1990s. ... Michael Burkett, more commonly known as Fat Mike, is the lead singer and bassist of the popular band NOFX, as well as bass player for Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. ... NOFX is a punk rock band from California, formed in 1983. ... Christopher Aubrey Shiflett (born May 6, 1971) is a guitarist for the post grunge band the Foo Fighters. ... This article is about the band. ... No Use for a Name (Abbreviated NUFAN) is a Punk rock band from San Jose, California, United States, formed in 1987 by Tony Sly, Steve Papoutsis and Rory Koff. ... Joey Cape is the lead vocalist for the melodic punk rock band Lagwagon, from Santa Barbara, California who have completed nine albums to date. ... -1... Bad Astronaut is a punk rock band founded in 2000 by Joey Cape, singer from Lagwagon. ... Dave Raun, a resident of Fresno, California, is the drummer for the seminal California punk rock band Lagwagon. ... -1... Scott Shiflett is a bassist. ... Face to Face may refer to interactions or meetings between people in real life. ... Viva Death are formed from members of the bands; face to face, Foo Fighters and A Perfect Circle. ... NOFX is a punk rock band from California, formed in 1983. ... Eric Melvin, sometimes called Melvin for short, is one of two guitarists in the California punk band NOFX. He has been in the band from its beginnings in the early 1980s to the present day. ...


Discography

Albums

EPs Have a Ball is the first album by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, released in 1997 on the Fat Wreck Chords independent record label. ... Are a Drag was the second album by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, released in 1999 on the Fat Wreck Chords independent record label. ... The third album by Me First & the Gimme Gimmes, released in 2001 on the Fat Wreck Chords independent record label (catalogue Number: FAT-620). ... Take a Break is the fourth album by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, released on July 1st, 2003 on Fat Wreck Chords independent record label. ... Ruin Jonnys Bar Mitzvah is a live album by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, released on October 19, 2004 on Fat Wreck Chords. ... Love Their Country is the fifth studio album, and sixth overall by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. ...

Singles Japanese EP released by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes in 2001 on Pizza of Death Records. ...

  • Denver (1995)
  • Billy (1996)
  • Paul (1997)
  • Diamond (1997)
  • Barry (1997)
  • Elton (1999)
  • Garf (1999)
  • In Your Barcalounger (1999)
  • Shannon (2001)
  • Stevens (2001)
  • Bob (2001)
  • Jackson (2003)
  • Stevie (2003)

Notes/Trivia

Me First and The Gimme Gimmes are also known for filling their covers with famous guitar riffs from songs by other punk rock bands.

The Turtles were an American pop, psychedelic and folk rock band defined by a good-natured, joyously melancholic and occasionally cheeky sound. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... London Calling is the hit song off the album of the same name (London Calling, 1979) by the U.K. punk/rock band The Clash; it is also the albums first track. ... The Sound of Music soundtrack cover My Favorite Things is a song from the musical The Sound of Music. ... Bad Religion is an American punk rock band that was originally formed in Southern California in 1980 by Jay Bentley (bass), Greg Graffin (vocals), Brett Gurewitz (guitars), and Jay Ziskrout (drums). ... San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair) is a song, written by John Phillips of The Mamas & The Papas, and sung by Scott McKenzie. ... The Offspring (sometimes referred to as simply Offspring) is a popular American band from Orange County, California which formed in 1984. ... Come Out and Play (Keep Em Separated) is a song by California punk rock group the Offspring. ... William Martin Billy Joel (born May 9, 1949, in the Bronx, New York, USA) is an American singer, pianist, songwriter, and composer. ... Stiff Little Fingers are a punk band from Belfast, Northern Ireland, formed in 1977. ... Sloop John B is the seventh track on The Beach Boys Pet Sounds album and was also a single which was released in 1966 on Capitol Records. ... The Ramones (L-R, Johnny, Tommy, Joey, Dee Dee) on the cover of their debut self-titled album (1976), cementing their place at the dawn of the punk movement. ... Save The Best For Last is considered as the biggest hit of Vanessa Williams. ... The Sex Pistols in 1977. ... Crazy is a song written by English soul artist Seal, and produced by Trevor Horn for Seals debut album Seal (1991). ... Look up Tomorrow in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Surrender is a Cheap Trick song originally released on 30 January 1978 on the album Heaven Tonight. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Superstar is a 1969 song written by Leon Russell and Bonnie Bramlett, that has been a hit for many artists in different genres and interpretations in the years since; the most known version is by The Carpenters in 1971. ... Hello is a song by Lionel Richie. ... All My Loving is a song by The Beatles, written by Paul McCartney, but credited to Lennon-McCartney, from the 1963 album With the Beatles. ... Blowin in the Wind is a song written by Bob Dylan, and released on his 1963 album The Freewheelin Bob Dylan. ... NOFX is a punk rock band from California, formed in 1983. ... Punk in Drublic is a music album by punk rock band NOFX. The album was released in 1994 through Epitaph Records. ...

Compilations

The entire Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack, as performed by punk bands including The Ataris, Tsunami Bomb, Alkaline Trio, Swingin Utters, The Groovie Ghoulies, Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, and more. ...

See also

This is a list of alternative music artists. ...

External links


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