Take a Break

Take a Break

by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes


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Take a Break

Two years after punkifying some of the '60s' more popular songs for Blow in the Wind, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes return with Take a Break, their stab at some of R&B's classier, yet almost forgettable, tunes. The So-Cal five-piece is as rowdy as ever and their own punk rock polish is undeniably infectious. What made Blow in the Wind so great is exactly what makes Take a Break even cooler. It's straightforward rock & roll without the swagger -- tomfoolery without being lame -- and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes are clever in giving new life to some of these tracks. Whereas Lionel Richie's "Hello" and Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U" banked success with their heavy-hearted tones, the Gimme Gimmes spike that mood for a punchy, feel-good time. A more electric, rough-edged alternative of Seal's "Crazy" is equally fashionable and slick to the original version. Add a bit of quick wit and pinch-hitting percussion, and the energy of Take a Break is more than enough to impress the new millennium punk kids. If not, the band's pouncing ukelele dance of R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" will do it. Me First and the Gimme Gimmes do rock & roll the right way because they don't try too hard. Take a Break once again showcases why they rock in the first place.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/01/2003
Label: Fat Wreck Chords
UPC: 0751097065020
catalogNumber: 650
Rank: 55951

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes   Primary Artist
Joey Cape   Guitar
Spike Slawson   Vocals
Jackson   Guitar,Ukulele

Technical Credits

Chuck Jackson   Composer
Carole King   Composer
Prince   Composer
Lionel Richie   Composer
Seal   Composer
Bill Withers   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Eugene Record   Composer
Wendy Waldman   Composer
R. Kelly   Composer
Hal Davis   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Berry Gordy   Composer
Ryan Greene   Engineer
Willie Hutch   Composer
Jon Lind   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Daryl Simmons   Composer
Jerry Wexler   Composer
Frank Wildhorn   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Babyface   Composer
Adam Krammer   Engineer
Christopher "Snoop Dodgy" "C Dawg" Dodge   Liner Notes
Bob West   Composer
Antonio Reid   Composer

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Take a Break 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Someone recently turned me on to this CD while driving home after a long day at the beach. We are adults, there was drinking involved ;) It is fabulous. Its a goof but it is done so well musically. They put their own feel into these tunes and it did give me a better appreciation for those particular songs! And, lets be honest, I am a chick....I dig the mushy songs. Actually Natural Woman is a song I always appreciated. And I loved this version. Just listen to the samples. You will have to buy this cd, hang out with some buds and get into it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago