Me First And The Gimme Gimmes – 20 Years Of Awesome!

For my Sunday Pondering today, I ponder the wonder (wonder ponder) the glory that is Me First And The Gimme Gimmes.

Inspired by my listening for yesterday’s post, here is a complete list of every Me First And The Gimme Gimmes album and EP, and the songs they covered. I also threw in the rarer stuff I could find from their 7″ singles and compilation appearances…

Since 1997!! 20 YEARS!!

Why? Because the KMA LOVES YOU!

Have A Ball (1997)

No. Title Writer(s) Original performer Length
1. “Danny’s Song” Kenny Loggins Loggins and Messina 2:10
2. “Leaving on a Jet Plane” (from Denver) John Denver Chad Mitchell Trio 2:32
3. “Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard” (from Paul) Paul Simon Paul Simon 2:42
4. “One Tin Soldier” Dennis Lambert, Brian Potter Original Caste 2:01
5. “Uptown Girl” (from Billy) Billy Joel Billy Joel 2:22
6. “I Am a Rock” (from Garf) Paul Simon Simon & Garfunkel 2:04
7. “Sweet Caroline” (from Diamond) Neil Diamond Neil Diamond 2:53
8. “Seasons in the Sun” Jacques Brel Terry Jacks 2:27
9. “Fire and Rain” (from In Your Barkalounger) James Taylor James Taylor 1:24
10. “Nobody Does It Better” Carole Bayer Sager, Marvin Hamlisch Carly Simon 2:28
11. “Mandy” (from Barry) Scott English, Richard Kerr Barry Manilow 2:27
12. “Rocket Man” (from Elton) Elton John, Bernie Taupin Elton John 3:15

Are A Drag (1999)

No. Title Lyrics Music Musical Length
1. “Over the Rainbow” E. Y. Harburg Harold Arlen The Wizard of Oz 1:32
2. “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” Tim Rice Andrew Lloyd Webber Evita 2:29
3. “Science Fiction/Double Feature” Richard O’Brien O’Brien The Rocky Horror Show 2:34
4. “Summertime” DuBose Heyward, Dorothy Heyward, Ira Gershwin George Gershwin Porgy and Bess 2:10
5. “My Favorite Things” (contains an interpolation of “Generator” by Bad Religion, written by Brett Gurewitz) Oscar Hammerstein II Richard Rodgers The Sound of Music 1:52
6. “Rainbow Connection” Paul Williams, Kenneth Ascher Williams, Ascher The Muppet Movie 2:18
7. “Phantom of the Opera” Charles Hart, Richard Stilgoe, Mike Batt Andrew Lloyd Webber The Phantom of the Opera 1:45
8. “I Sing the Body Electric” Dean Pitchford Michael Gore Fame 1:44
9. “It’s Raining on Prom Night” Jim Jacobs, Warren Casey Jacobs, Casey Grease 2:57
10. “Tomorrow” (contains an interpolation of “Surrender” by Cheap Trick, written by Rick Nielsen) Martin Charnin Charles Strouse Annie 1:31
11. “What I Did for Love” Edward Kleban Marvin Hamlisch A Chorus Line 1:46
12. “Cabaret” Fred Ebb John Kander Cabaret 3:24

Turn Japanese EP (2001)

No. Title Writer(s) Original artist Length
1. “The Times They Are A-Changin'” Bob Dylan Bob Dylan 2:09
2. “The Boxer” Paul Simon Simon & Garfunkel 2:49
3. “You’ve Got a Friend” Carole King Carole King / James Taylor 2:35
4. “Blowin’ in the Wind” Bob Dylan Bob Dylan 1:44
5. “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” Elton John, Bernie Taupin Elton John 3:49

Blow In The Wind (2001)

No. Title Writer(s) Original performer Length
1. “Blowin’ in the Wind” (begins with a similar clip of “Perfect Government” by NoFX”) Bob Dylan Bob Dylan
2. “Sloop John B” (contains an interpolation of “Teenage Lobotomy” by the Ramones, written by Dee Dee Ramone) Brian Wilson The Beach Boys
3. “Wild World” Cat Stevens Cat Stevens
4. “Who Put the Bomp (In the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)” Barry Mann, Gerry Goffin Barry Mann and The Halos
5. “Elenore” (contains an interpolation of “London Calling” by The Clash, written by Joe Strummer and Mick Jones) Howard Kaylan, Mark Volman, Al Nichol, Jim Pons, John Barbata The Turtles
6. “My Boyfriend’s Back” Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, Richard Gottehrer The Angels
7. “All My Loving” (contains an interpolation of “You Drive Me Ape (You Big Gorilla)” by The Dickies, written by Stan Lee, Leonard Graves Phillips, and Steve Hufsteter.) John Lennon, Paul McCartney The Beatles
8. “Stand by Your Man” Billy Sherrill, Tammy Wynette Tammy Wynette
9. “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)” (contains an interpolation of “Stranger Than Fiction” by Bad Religion, written by Brett Gurewitz and “Pessimistic Lines” by Bad Religion, written by Greg Graffin) John Phillips Scott McKenzie
10. “I Only Want to Be with You” (contains an interpolation of “The Money Will Roll Right In” by Fang) Mike Hawker, Ivor Raymonde Dusty Springfield
11. “Runaway” Del Shannon, Max Crook Del Shannon
12. “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” Gerry Goffin, Carole King The Shirelles
13. “Different Drum” (ends with a guitar riff taken from “Georgy Girl” by The Seekers)

Take A Break (2003)

No. Title Writer(s) Original performer Length
1. “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” Frank Wildhorn, Chuck Jackson Whitney Houston
2. “Hello” Lionel Richie Lionel Richie
3. “End of the Road” Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Daryl Simmons Boyz II Men
4. “Ain’t No Sunshine” Bill Withers Bill Withers
5. “Nothing Compares 2 U” Prince The Family
6. “Crazy” (contains an interpretation of “Six Pack” by Black Flag, written by Greg Ginn) Seal, Guy Sigsworth Seal
7. “Isn’t She Lovely” Stevie Wonder Stevie Wonder
8. “I Believe I Can Fly” R. Kelly R. Kelly
9. “Oh Girl” (contains an interpretation of “Race Against Time” by GBH) Barbara Acklin, Eugene Record The Chi-Lites
10. “I’ll Be There” (contains an interpretation of “Just What I Needed” by The Cars, written by Ric Ocasek) Berry Gordy, Bob West, Hal Davis, Willie Hutch The Jackson 5
11. “Mona Lisa” Ray Evans, Jay Livingston Nat King Cole
12. “Save the Best for Last” (contains an interpretation of “Pretty Vacant” by the Sex Pistols) Phil Galdston, Wendy Waldman, Jon Lind Vanessa Williams
13. “Natural Woman” Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Jerry Wexler Aretha Franklin

Ruin Johnny’s Bar Mitzvah (live) (2004)

No. Title Writer(s) Original performer Length
1. “Jonny’s Blessing” 1:04
2. “Stairway to Heaven” Jimmy Page, Robert Plant Led Zeppelin 2:33
3. “Heart of Glass” Debbie Harry, Chris Stein Blondie 2:43
4. “Delta Dawn” Larry Collins Tanya Tucker 2:41
5. “Come Sail Away” Dennis DeYoung Styx 2:48
6. “‘O Sole Mio” traditional 2:19
7. “Strawberry Fields Forever” John Lennon, Paul McCartney The Beatles 2:57
8. “Auld Lang Syne” traditional 1:49
9. “The Longest Time” (contains an interpolation of “Suspect Device” by Stiff Little Fingers, written by Jake Burns and Gordon Ogilvie) Billy Joel Billy Joel 2:30
10. “On My Mind” Johnny Christopher, Mark James, Wayne Carson Thompson Brenda Lee, Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson 2:36
11. “Take It on the Run” Gary Richrath REO Speedwagon 2:44
12. “Superstar” (contains an interpolation of “Kids of the Black Hole” by The Adolescents) Bonnie Bramlett, Leon Russell Delaney and Bonnie 3:21
13. “Hava Nagila” (contains an interpolation of “Come Out and Play” by The Offspring, written by Dexter Holland) traditional 3:41
14. “Hava Nagila (Christmas Arrangement)” (contains an interpolation of “Feliz Navidad” by José Feliciano) traditional 12:53
15. “Seasons in the Sun” (featuring Uncle Roger) Jacques Brel, Rod McKuen The Kingston Trio 2:27
16. “Sloop John B” (featuring Jonny Wixen; contains an interpolation of “Teenage Lobotomy” by the Ramones, written by Dee Dee Ramone) Brian Wilson The Beach Boys 2:09

Love Their Country (2006)

No. Title Writer(s) Original performer Length
1. “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)” Garth Brooks, Randy Taylor Garth Brooks 2:02
2. “(Ghost) Riders in the Sky” Stan Jones Stan Jones and his Death Valley Rangers 1:33
3. “Desperado” Glenn Frey, Don Henley Eagles 2:28
4. “On the Road Again” (contains an interpretation of “Astro Zombies” by the Misfits, written by Glenn Danzig) Willie Nelson Willie Nelson 2:13
5. “Annie’s Song” John Denver John Denver 1:42
6. “Jolene” Dolly Parton Dolly Parton 1:47
7. “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” Hank Williams Hank Williams 2:00
8. “Lookin’ for Love” Wanda Malette, Robert Morrison, Patti Ryan Johnny Lee 1:48
9. “Goodbye Earl” Dennis Linde Dixie Chicks 2:25
10. “East Bound and Down” (contains an interpretation of “Love Song” by The Damned) Dick Feller, Jerry Reed Jerry Reed 1:47
11. “She Believes in Me” Stephen Gibb Kenny Rogers 2:11
12. “Sunday Morning Coming Down” (contains an interpretation of “Police and Thieves” by The Clash, written by Junior Murvin and Lee “Scratch” Perry)

Have Another Ball (2008)

No. Title Writer(s) Original performer Length
1. “Rich Girl” (from Happy Meals, Vol. 2: The Perfect Marriage) Daryl Hall Hall & Oates 2:06
2. “The Boxer” (from Garf) Paul Simon Simon and Garfunkel 2:49
3. “Country Roads” (from Denver) John Denver, Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert John Denver 2:10
4. “I Write the Songs” (from Barry) Bruce Johnston Barry Manilow 2:57
5. “Sodomy” Galt MacDermot, James Rado, Gerome Ragni Hair cast (musical) 0:28
6. “You’ve Got a Friend” (from In Your Barkalounger (contains an interpretation of “Blitzkrieg Bop” by The Ramones)) Carole King James Taylor 2:35
7. “Mahogany (contains an interpretation of “Richie Dagger’s Crime” by the Germs)” Michael Masser, Gerald Goffin Diana Ross 1:50
8. “Mother and Child Reunion” (from Paul) Paul Simon Paul Simon 2:10
9. “Only the Good Die Young” (from Billy) Billy Joel Billy Joel 2:47
10. “Coming to America” (from Diamond) Neil Diamond Neil Diamond 2:24
11. “The Harder They Come” (from the Warped Tour 2003 Tour Compilation) Jimmy Cliff Jimmy Cliff 2:25
12. “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” (from Elton)

Go Down Under EP (2011)

No. Title Writer(s) Original performer Length
1. “Never Tear Us Apart” Andrew Farriss, Michael Hutchence INXS 2:04
2. “All Out of Love” (Contains an interpretation of “Rise Above” by Black Flag, written by Greg Ginn) Graham Russell, Russell Hitchcock Air Supply 2:55
3. “Friday on My Mind” Harry Vanda, George Young The Easybeats 2:28
4. “Have You Never Been Mellow” John Farrar Olivia Newton-John 2:31
5. “I’ve Done Everything for You” Sammy Hagar Rick Springfield 2:04

Sing In Japanese EP (2011)

No. Title Writer(s) Original performer Length
1. “Hero” Yoshihiro Kai Kai Band 2:33
2. “Kokoro No Tabi” Kazuo Zaitsu Tulip 2:12
3. “Kekkon Shiyoyo” (Contains an interpolation of “Story of My Life” by Social Distortion) Takuro Yoshida Takuro Yoshida 2:43
4. “C-C-C” (Contains an interpolation of “Bloodstains” by Agent Orange, written by Mike Palm) Kunihiko Kase, Kazumi Yasui The Tigers 2:08
5. “22 Sai No Wakare” Shōzō Ise Kaguyahime 2:17
6. “Linda Linda”

Are We Not Men? We Are Diva! (2014)

No. Title Writer(s) Original performer Length
1. “I Will Survive” Freddie Perren, Dino Fekaris Gloria Gaynor 2:27
2. “Straight Up” (uses the intro from “Evil” by 45 Grave, composed by Dinah Cancer, Paul Cutler and Don Bolles) Elliot Wolff Paula Abdul 2:59
3. “Believe” Brian Higgins, Stuart McLennen, Paul Barry, Steven Torch, Matthew Gray, Timothy Powell Cher 3:08
4. “Beautiful” (uses the intro from “Superficial Love” by T.S.O.L.)) Linda Perry Christina Aguilera 2:12
5. “My Heart Will Go On” James Horner, Will Jennings Celine Dion 2:44
6. “I Will Always Love You (from Dolly)” Dolly Parton Dolly Parton 2:12
7. “Top of the World” Richard Carpenter, John Bettis The Carpenters 2:09
8. “Speechless” (uses the intro from “Sonic Reducer” by The Dead Boys) Stefani Germanotta Lady Gaga 3:19
9. “Karma Chameleon” (uses the intro from “Everybody’s Happy Nowadays” by The Buzzcocks, written by Pete Shelley) George O’Dowd, Jon Moss, Mikey Craig, Roy Hay, Phil Pickett, Alfie Malone Culture Club 3:45
10. “Crazy for You” (uses a ukulele interpretation of the intro from “The Tide Is High” by Blondie, written by John Holt) John Bettis, Jon Lind Madonna 2:48
11. “On the Radio” (uses the intro from “Brickfield Nights” by The Boys, written by Stein “Casino Steel” Groven and Matt Dangerfield) Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder Donna Summer 3:36
12. “The Way We Were” Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Marvin Hamlisch Barbra Streisand 2:53

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The band also appeared on several punker compilations. Often it’s just an album track. But with the release of Have Another Ball they compiled a lot of the stuff that was only ever on those compilations as single tracks. However, here are some of the non-album tracks still out there:

Fat Music Vol. V: Life Fat, Die Young – Hats Off To Larry (Del Shannon – on the Shannon 7″ too)
Moloko Plus #19 – My World (I assume it’s the Bee Gees, but there are others)
Aggropop Now – I Just Called To Say I Love You (Stevie Wonder – on Stevie 7″ too)

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They have also released a bunch of 7″ records (I have a few, but I want them all the precioussssss!). Some of them have non-album tracks too:

Stevens 7″ – Father And Son (Cat Stevens)
Jackson 7″ – Ben (Jackson 5)
Cash 7″ – I Still Miss Someone (Johnny Cash)
Willie 7″ – City And New Orleans (Willie Nelson)
Kenny 7″ – Lady (Kenny Rogers)
Jerry 7″ – East Bound And Down (Rough Mix) (Jerry Reed)
Jerry 7″ – I’m Gonna Write A Song (Jerry Reed)

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All of those compilation and single tracks add up to 10. That’s an album’s worth, boys! Collect them up and make it happen!

UPDATE! AWESOME NEWS:

Two second on the Fat Wreck Chords site tell me that on April 7, 2017, the Gimmes will be releasing Rake It In: The Greatest Hits! Wahoo!

This fills me with so much glee. Their releasing their greatest hits… of other peoples’ greatest hits! Have I ever told you that I love this band?

The set looks awesome, and even moreso because they’ve added some of that stuff from other places I’ve listed above:

1 – their Willie Nelson cover of City Of New Orleans, previously only available on the Willie 7″ single!

2 – their Del Shannon cover of Hats Off To Larry, previously only on the Shannon 7″ and the Fat Music V compilation!

3 – their Kenny Rogers cover of Lady, previously only on the Kenny 7″!

That takes care of 3 three of the rarer tracks. Only 7 more to go! The other 7 can still be an EP, boys! Make it so!

Anyway, here’s the Rake It In track list!

1: The Times They Are a-Changing
2: Rainbow Connection
3: City of New Orleans
4: Summertime
5: All My Loving
6: Straight Up
7: Over the Rainbow
8: Country Roads
9: Sloop John B
10: Jolene
11: Uptown Girl
12: Hats Off To Larry
13: Desperado
14: Lady
15: San Francisco
16: I Believe I Can Fly
17: End of the Road

Mark your calendars for April 7, folks. I know I sure will!

In Sum:

Whew! So much goodness. I highly recommend you get it all! I may have missed tracks, so if you found anything else let me know!

PS: Let’s not forget the time their merch page was selling a coke mirror. Glorious…

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Posted on February 26, 2017, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I can see the appeal. I checked them out yesterday and they are quite fun. They definitely put their own spin on the covers and that is when you have a good cover. I hate the straight interpretations with no special touch to make it their own.

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  2. I just love their cover of ‘Goodbye Earl’ – one of my most played tracks on iTunes. A great running song.

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