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Are a Drag
     

Are a Drag

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by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
 

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Though it doesn't sound like a brilliant idea, Me First & the Gimme Gimmes, an all-star cover band dedicated to regurgitating punk rock-style the most frothy music in their parents' record collections, are actually extraordinarily entertaining and can make the likes of John Denver and Barry Manilow sound not

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Though it doesn't sound like a brilliant idea, Me First & the Gimme Gimmes, an all-star cover band dedicated to regurgitating punk rock-style the most frothy music in their parents' record collections, are actually extraordinarily entertaining and can make the likes of John Denver and Barry Manilow sound not so bad. The lineup includes Fat Mike of NOFX, the guitarist from the Foo Fighters, a couple of the guys from Lagwagon, and Spike Slawson, the Gimmes' sweet-voiced singer, who also plays bass for the Swingin' Utters. On their second record, Are a Drag, the Gimmes tackle all of their parents' favorite showtunes, claiming homage rather than satire. Most of their choices are songs that anybody even remotely into musicals knows by heart. Their cover of "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" has more choruses than the original, rocks pretty damn hard, and is certainly worthy of a swirling slam pit. Though it's not as wild as John Coltrane's version, the Gimmes' "My Favorite Things" is raging enough to send Julie Andrews swan diving off the stage into a sea of sweaty punkers. They mess with the jazz standard "Summertime" by Gershwin, adding some fine surfy leads to a song that's been played a million times over. Also, there's their furious rendition of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera." On Are a Drag, the Gimmes succeed at playing showtunes that punk kids can dig, no small feat.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/18/1999
Label:
Fat Wreck Chords
UPC:
0751097058626
catalogNumber:
586
Rank:
31251

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Performance Credits

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes   Primary Artist
Fat Mike   Bass
Dave Raun   Drums
Joey Cape   Guitar
Karina Denike   Vocals
Spike Slawson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jackson   Guitar

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Marvin Hamlisch   Composer
Kenny Ascher   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Ryan Greene   Engineer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Edward Kleban   Composer
Charles Strouse   Composer
Paul Williams   Composer
Martin Charnin   Composer
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Adam Krammer   Engineer

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Are a Drag 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is by far the best of the Gimmes' three albums to date, and I only hope that on their upcoming fourth album they will return to such fast guitars and perfect harmonies. Definitely get this album
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of this group, have been for a while and when embarking on a road trip recently I unearthed this puppy. There really is nothing quite like driving down a desert highway listening to "Rainbow Connection" I think they could have been a bit more creative on "Stepping Out" but I feel I mustn't get too picky. For covers they show remarkable talent and musicianship. so good. . .
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album ROCKS!! It has totally re-done Broadway Hits in Punk Style! Try it out everyone...