Punk's premier cover artists, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes are a conglomerate of some of the most recognizable faces in new-school punk. Drawn together by a mutual love of '60s and '70s music, the Gimme Gimmes work exclusively as a cover band. Their repertoire include songs from such acts as Neil Diamond, Billy Joel and John Denver. Singer Spike Slawson (Swingin' Utters) formed the Gimme Gimmes in 1996, drawing in the talents of NOFX bassist Fat Mike singer/guitarist Joey Cape, No Use For A Name/Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiftlett and Lagwagon drummer Dave Raun. Shiftlett is out, his place have Jake Jackson (No Use For A Name). Never originally aiming to put out a record, the band made appearances on punk compilation albums through much of the year. In 1997, however, the band began releasing singles named after the singer they had covered. They produced Billy, Diamond, Paul Denver and Barry in this manner. Finally, the group produced their first full-legth effort, Have a Ball, in late 1997. The band still performs whenever its members aren't busy with their other bands, and makes plenty of guest appearances on punk compilations. The group's second full length CD, Are A Drag, came out in June 1999. Blow In The Wind followed in early 2001.

 

MEMBERS: Spike Slawson (vocals), Fat Mike (bass), Joey Cape (quitar), Jake Jackson (quitar), Dave Raun (drums)

STYLES: Punk Pop, Punk Revival, Indie Rock

SIMILAR ARTISTS: The Offspring, NOFX, Face To Face

FULL RECORDS: Have A Ball (1997), Are A Drag (1999), Blow In The Wind (2001), Take A Break (2003)

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     HAVE A BALL (****)      review

 

     ARE A DRAG (****/*)     review

 

      BLOW IN THE WIND (*****)    review

 

     TAKE A BREAK (***)    review