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Me First and the Gimme Gimmes

Hometown: SoCal, CA
Latest Release: Are We Not Men? We Are Diva!
Status: Active
Years active 1995-present
Current Label: Fat Wreck Chords
Associated Bands: NOFX, Lagwagon
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Current Members
Vocals Spike Slawson
Guitar, Vocals Joey Cape
Guitar Chris Shiflett
Bass Fat Mike
Drums Dave Raun
Former Members
Guitar Eric Melvin
Scott Shiflett
Brian Baker

Welcome to the Me First and the Gimme Gimmes Wiki!

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes (often shortened to just "Me First" or "The Gimmes") are a punk rock supergroup and cover band that formed in 1995.

The Gimmes work exclusively as a cover band. The band is named after a children's book of the same name by Gerald G. Jampolsky and Diane V. Cirincione. The Gimmes have a habit of wearing quirky matching costumes during their live shows.

Each album by the band has a different theme: Have a Ball focuses on classic 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s songs by singer/songwriters like Elton John, Neil Diamond, and John Denver; Are a Drag consists entirely of show tunes, Blow in the Wind consists of 60s classics, Take a Break consists entirely of contemporary R&B songs by artists such as Boyz 2 Men, Lionel Richie, and Vanessa L. Williams; their fifth album, Ruin Jonny's Bar Mitzvah, was recorded live at an actual bar mitzvah and consists of pop music from the 1960s through the 1980s by artists such as REO Speedwagon, Styx and The Beatles, as well as traditional songs like "Hava Nagila". The 2008 compilation Have Another and contains all the B-sides from Have a Ball.

They entered the studio on April 3, 2006 to work on their sixth album, Love Their Country, which was released on October 17, 2006. The theme of this album is country and western, and includes covers of tracks by Dixie Chicks, Garth Brooks, Hank Williams, Sr. and Johnny Cash. As a follow on to the main country-themed album, Fat released 5 square dance 7" in 2007-2008, which were cut from heavy black vinyl into square shapes. In Me First tradition each 7" was named after the original performer, with each containing one song from the album and an unreleased song from the same artist.

Fat Wreck Records released "Go Down Under" on February 1, 2011. The EP features 5 songs from musicians that originated in Australia. Their last album was released on September 13, 2011, in which they covered only Japanese music, aptly titled "Sing in Japanese", to coordinate with their upcoming tour in Japan.Although mentioning the band "are planning on doing ep’s in Spanish, Italian, German and French in the near future" in September 2013, there has was no official or unofficial notice as to when the next album will be released or what songs they will be covering.

However, in a Reddit AMA on January 28th 2014, Fat Mike revealed the next album theme would be "Diva's", with covers of songs of Streisand, Aguileira and Lady Gaga.

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