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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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?
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/2004
  • Label: Fat Wreck Chords
  • UPC: 751097067420
  • Catalog Number: 674
  • Sales rank: 15,640

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gimme Something Else

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Worth the Wait

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    me first and the gimme gimmes

    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

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    Posted July 31, 2009

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