Me First And The Gimme Gimmes

Album Title: Ruin Johnny's Bar Mitzvah
Release Date: October 18, 2004
Genre: Rock
You all know the deal with live albums. You're lucky to find one that isn't either a contractual obligation or a ninety-minute session of fret-board onanism. If you're truly cursed you might stumble across one that is both, which is where Me First And The Gimme Gimmes intervene.

Never followers of convention, the self proclaimed 'greatest punk cover band in the world' have not only pulled off a coup of live album quality, but have done it in the most unlikely of settingsÖ a brave young fan's passage to manhood, his Bar Mitzvah! Led by neo punk legend Fat Mike, the Gimme Gimmes here race through a gloriously riotous set of 'brand new' cover versions, no doubt delighting (or horrifying!) the guests gathered for Jonny's big day.

Among the tracks given the MFATGG re-imagination are Blondie's Heart Of Glass, Led Zeppelin's Stairway To Heaven and The Beatles' Strawberry Fields Forever, even Hava Nagila is given the treatmentÖ to the tune of Felix Navidaz! Although it sounds like it was recorded in a tiny function room, no wait, it WAS recorded in a tiny function room; there is a hugely infectious energy ready to catch you off-guard and that is the genius of the Gimme Gimmes. They may not play any of their own tunes but they infuse everything they do with a tongue in cheek charm and vigour that makes the tunes recognisable but instantly the newly acquired property of the band. Blitzing through their set but never losing any of their studio tightness, MFATGG may well be the new family function phenomena, and I'll bet those gathered never knew being Jewish could be so much fun.

Writer: Dave Hardwick

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