Wednesday, May 14, 2014

No Shame in Loving Me First and the Gimme Gimmes' Game

Posted by on Wed, May 14, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Sometimes I crave a piece of store-bought cake. Chocolate with vanilla frosting, preferably a corner piece with flowers on it because I like to eat those extra sugary blobs first. It's not "good," I know, but fuck if it doesn't give me the necessary sugar rush and, on some days, taste better than any fancy, over-thought dessert.

That's how I feel about punk veterans Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. Sure it's a cheap gimmick—punk rock versions of popular non-punk rock songs—but it comes together in such a delightful, perfectly executed way that once you let go of trying to maintain some kind of illusion of being too good for it, it can be better than anything else in that moment.

On their new record, Are We Not Men? We Are Diva! they tackle, obviously, hits from divas. Gloria Gaynor, Paula Abdul, Cher, Christina Aguilera, Whitney Houston, Madonna, and more. And while I already had a place in my heart for songs like "Straight Up," "Karma Chameleon," and "Believe," they're also able to turn terrible songs into sing-alongs. I can't fucking stand "My Heart Will Go On" (I spent a summer working at a daycare where the preschool teacher listened to the Titanic soundtrack EVERY SINGLE DAY during nap time), but when Me First and the Gimme Gimmes play it, with a slight Irish punk vibe and handclaps, it becomes a song I want to sing along to while jumping around the room and slapping my hands together until they burn. I love it! It's a whole new song!

Are We Not Men? We Are Diva! isn't perfect. I do wish they chose Beyonce's "Speechless" over Lady Gaga's, and while their version of "Top of the World" is completely enjoyable, a) Were the Carpenters divas? and b) Shonen Knife already did that song better than anyone else could 20 years ago. But whatever. I've already gone on too long about something that needs no explanation/thought beyond hit play and dance. So here we go! Hit play, dance (and go grab yourself a piece of cheap, delicious cake—it's a good day to indulge in the simple things):


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Keekee 1
To call this Punk is just downright insulting!
Posted by Keekee on May 14, 2014 at 11:37 AM · Report this
Megan Seling 2
What would you call it, if not punk?
Posted by Megan Seling on May 14, 2014 at 11:47 AM · Report this
Mattini 3
lol @1 starting out the comments with a punk dick measuring contest.

Me First is a fun band. They're best when they're leaping genres (Are a Drag and Take a Break are my favorites), so I'll check out this release.
Posted by Mattini on May 14, 2014 at 12:08 PM · Report this
Big Matt G 4
Me First? Me, too!
Posted by Big Matt G on May 14, 2014 at 1:21 PM · Report this
derrickito 5
one of my favorite bands of all time
Posted by derrickito on May 14, 2014 at 3:29 PM · Report this
kcrobinson 6
First thoughts: Cake did I Will Survive better.

Looking forward to the rest of the album though.
Posted by kcrobinson on May 15, 2014 at 10:02 AM · Report this

Posted by Lack Thereof on May 15, 2014 at 6:40 PM · Report this

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