are a conglomerate of some of the most recognizable faces in new-school punk. Drawn together by a mutual love of '60s and '70s music,
work exclusively as a cover band. Their repertoire includes songs from such acts as
. With an ever-changing cast of characters, singer
. Never originally aiming to put out a record, the band made appearances on punk compilation albums through much of the year. In 1997, however, they began releasing singles named after the singer they had covered. They produced
in this manner.
Finally, the group produced its first full-length effort, Have a Ball
, in late 1997. Two years later, Are a Drag
arrived. This particular album was a hit at college radio thanks to the band's quirky renditions of popular show tunes. In 1999, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
reworked bubblegum classics from the 1960s and 1970s for Blow in the Wind
. Once more, the band was a hit on college radio, and pop kids started catching on to Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
' infectious pop sound. The R&B-tailored album Take a Break
was released in July 2003, just in time for the band's fifth appearance on the annual Vans Warped Tour. In 2004, the band tackled a set of classic rock hits, easy listening numbers, and even "Hava Nagila" on the "live" album Ruin Jonny's Bar Mitzvah
, which included enhanced video footage of the gig in question.
Continuing with the notion that no genre was safe from a Gimme Gimme
makeover, Love Their Country
appeared two years later, covering everyone from the Dixie Chicks
to Johnny Cash
to the Eagles
. After the digital release of the holiday sampler Hanuk-Comp in 2007, the band followed up with Have Another Ball!
, which debuted in July 2008. In 2011, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
released the Australian-themed Go Down Under EP, and then followed it up with an EP of Japanese covers titled Sing in Japanese.