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Ruin Jonny's Bar Mitzvah
     

Ruin Jonny's Bar Mitzvah

3.7 4
by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
 
America's greatest cover band keeps finding new worlds to conquer, and on their fifth album Me First and the Gimme Gimmes present a unique ethnomusicological document -- a field recording of our heroes performing at an actual Bar Mitzvah celebration in Malibu, California (or a reasonable facsimile thereof). Ruin Jonny's Bar Mitzvah features the Gimme Gimmes

Overview

America's greatest cover band keeps finding new worlds to conquer, and on their fifth album Me First and the Gimme Gimmes present a unique ethnomusicological document -- a field recording of our heroes performing at an actual Bar Mitzvah celebration in Malibu, California (or a reasonable facsimile thereof). Ruin Jonny's Bar Mitzvah features the Gimme Gimmes performing a selection of classic rock standards as only they can (fast, loud, and with a high snot factor) as they roar through "Come Sail Away," "The Longest Time," "Take It on the Run" and "Strawberry Fields Forever" for a seemingly puzzled audience of thirteen-year-olds and their parents. Of course, these guys make it their business to have something for everyone, so they also throw in a little bit of country music ("Delta Dawn"), an old Italian favorite ("O Sole Mio"), and not one but two versions of "Hava Nagila"! Pretty much everything is on-board reduced to a blurry haze of power chord hilarity, which is certainly true to form for the Gimme Gimmes, but the one-take live recording (complete with a set break) shows these guys have truly mastered their shtick by this point, and beneath the goofy surface of their style they have a strong grasp of what makes for a good hook and a cool tune, regardless of genre. It's not the same without the presence of the ice cream bar, but Me First and the Gimme Gimmes' Ruin Jonny's Bar Mitzvah is the next best thing to being there (and the enhanced video track allows you to witness the action first hand). So how much do these guys get to play a retirement party?

Product Details

Release Date:
10/19/2004
Label:
Fat Wreck Chords
UPC:
0751097067420
catalogNumber:
674
Rank:
68230

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Debbie Harry   Composer
Billy Joel   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Jimmy Page   Composer
Robert Plant   Composer
Leon Russell   Composer
Bonnie Bramlett   Composer
Delaney Bramlett   Composer
Dennis DeYoung   Composer
Ryan Greene   Engineer
Jeffrey Shannon   Stage Technician
Chris Stein   Composer
Joe Escalante   Director,Video Producer
Richard Landers   Stage Technician
Alex Harvey   Composer
Tim Beckett   Camera Operator
Ren Messer   Camera Operator
Nate Weaver   Director,Camera Operator

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Ruin Jonny's Bar Mitzvah 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While MFATGGs first two albums were awesome, the last two were just okay and uneven. It kinda seemed like the joke was getting old, and everyone knew it, including the band. Well, "Ruin Johnny's Bar Mitzvah" was worth the wait. While "Auld Lang Syne" and "Strawberry Fields" are, well, worth skipping, the two versions of "Hava Nagila" made this album worth the money. And the "hidden" tracks, including a guest vocalist (think drunk karaoke) was hilarious and awful (awfully hilarious?). Buy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After a bunch of albums that were funny and entertaining, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes have finally hit the skids. This is the worst album they've ever done, and the fact that it was done live (I think) and the instrumentation isn't perfect just makes it worse. The song choices are horrible this time around too -- they covered everything else good already. For the new fan, don't start here. For the converted, skip this altogether.
Guest More than 1 year ago
mfatgg is such a good band it has all the ather bands in to one like lagwagon no use for a name nofx and there all a good band i hope this cd is good and i hope you bye it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago