Project 25 – Me First And The Gimme Gimmes

Me First & The Gimme Gimmes:

This Project 25 list is made up of my favorite musical covers from a cover band….nah the cover band. Me First & The Gimme Gimmes. These aren’t necessarily their best covers but they are My favorite ones. Am I Right? Am I Wrong? Only time and you the readers/listeners can determine that. Want to add your own list feel free to email me  tempiwmf@gmail.com, hit me up on twitter @tempiwmf, or comment below.

Without further ado here is MY list:

 

  • Sloop John B – For my money this is one of Me First & Gimme Gimmes’ top three songs. Vocally it is one of their best, instrumentally it’s perfect punk, and overflowing with their unique polished brashness.
  • End Of The Road – Boyz To Men would be proud of this amazing cover. The spoken portion in the intro and during the middle makes this a special cover.
  • Nothing Compares To You – Covered by so many this is easily the best of them. Even though the song is well known this cover takes you on various twist and turns. You’ll leave knowing nothing compares to this cover.
  • Where Do Broken Hearts Go – This is a great cover of Whitney Houston love ballad.
  • Ghost Riders In The Sky –  A rocking version of this classic folk/country ballad by Johnny Cash. They do the man in black proud.
  • On The Road Again – Take Willie Nelson’s classic hit, add some heart thrashing guitars, and amazing vocals. This is the recipe for a perfect cover.
  • Hello – Lionel Richie wishes he could have put this much power and awesomeness in his hit Hello. The determination felt in the original is here in abundance in this amazing cover.
  • I Believe I Can Fly –  R Kelly hasn’t got anything on this cover. Use a ukulele to lull the audience into a feeling of security and then drop the hammer. If this doesn’t get your blood pumping you’re probably already dead.
  • Goodbye Earl – Even though I’m not a big fan of the Dixie Chicks it’s hard not to love this particular version of it. Short, sweet, and strong. It’s hard not to be a fan of this track
  • Who Put The Bop – Are you a fan of 50’s bop hop music then you’ll love this diddy. What begins as a tribute to the original evolves into a cover that shows the best of punk music. Grab a shake and fries while you twirl and thrash to this.
  • Over The Rainbow – Maybe you’re a lover of classic show tunes or you like to wander through Oz. If so you’ll be a big fan of this cover. It’s a simple cover with little variation from the original which makes it so special.
  • She Believes In Me – How do you make a country song about true love even better? You turn it into a punktastic ballad with great guitar riffs and vocal explosions.
  • Wild World – This song is already awesome in its original form. Add some punk guitar and sincere vocals to make this a perfect musical mix. Truly it’s a wild world that produced this diddy.
  • Stand By Your Man – This beautifully sung song about a woman’s struggle to love her man is pretty weird when sung by a bunch of punk maniacs. Don’t like the idea of standing by your man. Well at least stand by your band.
  • Rainbow Connection – Have you ever wondered what a punk Kermit the Frog would sound or be like. Well you no longer need to wonder. Just put on this cover and rock out punk muppet style.
  • Country Roads – If you’ve ever been in a West Virginia bar you’ve probably heard drunk folks blast out their state tune. Well Me First & The Gimme Gimmes added their own spice to this classic and made it better some how. West Virginian or not you’ll love this track.
  • Don’t Cry For Me Argentina – Take a classic showtune and give it some punk infused venom. It keeps the hopeful sound while giving it a bit of pace.
  • I’ll Be There – Take the most classic Jackson 5 song and let the greatest punk cover band ever cover it. The result is a song as delicious as the finest meal you’ve ever had. Enjoy this one.
  • Desperado – More proof that country style music is better when digested in a better musical form. This Eagles classic gets a Gimme Gimme makeover to add some pace and attitude to this amazing tune.
  • Caberet – This is cover of a Broadway hit makes you wish that there was a punk stage show for viewing (there’s a novel idea). This version keeps a lot of the original feel while giving it a modern punk sound.
  • Heart Of Glass – This 80’s classic is covered at a breakneck pace. It feels like you’re on a runaway train going downhill and loving every minute of it. The guitars take you on a roller coaster ride up throwing you in all directions. Vocally it’s easy on the ears and even better on the soul.  
  • Looking For Love – It’s hard not to love this ditty from their country music cover album. Infusing this song with punk power the Gimmes Gimmes are still able to keep the emotional undertones of the original hit. Only complaint is that it’s too short.
  • Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me – This is a song about the desperation & a hopeful plea. This particular cover use punk guitar riffs to bleed that very emotion into every single note. Easily one of their best covers. Vocally and instrumentally it slays.
  • Hava Nagila/Hava Nagila(Christmas Arrangement) Off their live album these two particular pieces are amazing covers of a traditional Jewish song. True to their normal form their provide a traditional cover and then add their own twist to things. These songs, and this album, makes you wish you could have had them at one of your birthday parties as a kid.
  • Jolene – This Dolly Parton classic is easily one of the best songs on their country music album. This song, which is often covered, is best as a punk explosion (in my humble opinion) and the Gimme Gimmes don’t disappoint. If you love this song in its original form you’ll love it even more as a punk ballad.

Honorable Mention:

  • Annie’s Song – John Denver almost got two covers on this list. This one takes the country/folk fill that Denver mastered and tweaks it a bit with a punk feel. It could have easily slid into the top 24 but just missed out.
  • Linda Linda – For those of you who are historic fans of punk you’ll know how the art form influenced people worldwide in particular Japan. For those hoping for some Japanese Surf Punk covers don’t fear the Gimme Gimmes have a whole album for you. My favorite of it is easily Linda Linda. This proves you don’t need to understand the language to love a good song.
  • Crazy For You – This Madonna hit almost made the list as well. Normally the Gimme Gimmes hit you with loud intense punk sound. This time they go soft with a ukulele opening and soothing vocals. Maybe the slow pace is why it’s here and not in the top 25.

 

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