For the uninitiated, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes consist of Lagwagon frontman Joey Cape on the guitar, Chris Shiflett (Foo Fighters) on the other guitar, Lagwagon drummer and Fat Wreck utility superhero Dave Raun on the skins, and are rounded out by Fat Wreck-head-honcho/NOFX main-dude Fat Mike, and incomparable crooner Spike Slawson. Together, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes — an outfit that has always operated more like a beer-hall Pussycat Dolls than a regular mortal band—contain so much hot air, so much pomp, so much attitude, that it’s a wonder that these guys can still manage to pull their five individual tour buses into the same parking lot, put their differences aside and belt out the ballads without clawing each other’s eyes out. But they do, for the love of the fans, the music, and of course, the applause.
So, what is really left to say about punk super-group and cover band extraordinaire Me First and the Gimme Gimmes? After 7 studio albums, a live record and too many singles to count, they’ve tackled just about every genre under the sun. Be it Motown, Country, show tunes, Japanese Pop (sung in Japanese!), these seasoned punk rock pros have triumphed on every occasion in a way only the Gimmes could. With such an extensive and wide ranging catalog, where does one begin?
Lucky for you, they’ve done that work for you. Out now, Rake It In: The Greatestest Hits, finally compiles all the best hits onto one disc! From perpetual favorite “I Believe I Can Fly” to the classic Country tune “Desperado”, to the diva sensation “Straight Up”, the hits just keep a-comin’! They’ve even thrown in some deeper cuts for the Gimmes’ most fervent enthusiasts with “City of New Orleans” and “Hats off to Larry”. With 17 of only the very best hits, Rake It In is sure to satisfy Gimmes fans from all reaches of the globe.
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes are set to tour worldwide in 2022, so be sure to catch them live. When duty calls for one of the Gimmes to perform with their other band, rest assured a traveling Gimme will step in. Traveling Gimmes have included: John Reis of Rocket from the Crypt, Johnny “2 Bags” Wickersham from Social Distortion, Jay Bentley from Bad Religion, and CJ Ramone from The Ramones, and most recently, we saw UK import, Pink from The Damned filling in on skins! You never know which star-studded lineup you’ll get, but you know it will not disappoint.
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