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Me First & The Gimme Gimmes

Me First & The Gimme Gimmes

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes are not just any band – they're the ultimate experience for any event. Picture this: a punk cover band like no other, featuring members from iconic groups such as Swingin’ Utters, NOFX, Foo Fighters, and Lagwagon. They come together as Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, delivering electrifying performances whenever their schedules align.

Since their explosive debut on 4/20/1996 at the Chameleon Club in San Francisco, they've been unstoppable. Led by Spike Slawson's dynamic vocals, backed by the legendary Fat Mike on bass, Joey Cape on guitar and backing vocals, Dave Raun on drums, and Chris Shiflett on guitar (sometimes his brother Scott of Face To Face/Viva Death steps in), they're a force to be reckoned with.

But wait, there's more! Their lineup doesn't stop there. With touring members like Brian Baker (Bad Religion/Minor Threat), Barry DaLive (Crosstops/RKL), Eric Melvin (NOFX), Matthew MacNasty (of Real McKenzies fame), and Warren Fitzgerald (The Vandals), each show is a unique, high-energy experience.

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes aren't just about covers – they're about reinventing music history. From their themed 7″ singles project to their full-length albums covering everything from the 50’s to the 90’s, they've redefined genres. From the rebellious Have a Ball (1997) to the genre-bending Love Their Country, where they put their punk twist on classics by The Dixie Chicks and Johnny Cash, they never fail to surprise and delight.

But it's not just about the music – it's about the experience. Me First and the Gimme Gimmes bring an unparalleled sense of fun and irreverence to every performance. Picture a concert where cocktails are mixed onstage at a tiki bar between songs, where even the CD liner notes are filled with tales of recording mishaps and wild adventures.

And let's talk costumes. Each album has its own theme, with the band dressing up for both the cover art and live shows. Whether it's red suits, metallic outfits with fezzes, cheerleader uniforms, or their infamous cowboy attire, they always bring their A-game.

But perhaps their most legendary moment was when they rocked out at a Bar Mitzvah, performing for a crowd of 30 and immortalizing the chaos in their live album, "Me First and the Gimme Gimmes Ruin Jonny’s Bar Mitzvah." As one attendee put it, "They made a lot of mistakes. They even started a song then stopped, then started again." It's that raw energy and unapologetic spirit that sets them apart.


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