Me First and the Gimme Gimmes is the band I always wanted to start. Strictly covers, taking old songs and shedding new light on them. The Gimmes are the superband of punk - vocalist Spike Slawson (Swingin' Utters), guitarist Jake Jackson (No Use for a Name), guitarist Joey Cape (Lagwagon), bassist Fat Mike (NOFX) and drummer Dave Raun (Lagwagon) [I hope I got that all right, if I didn't, someone please correct me]. Combine all that talent and irreverance with classic soft rock and it's pure music alchemy.
I picked up their new one today: Take A Break. They cover some classic love songs of your life:
Where Do Broken Hearts Go; Hello; End Of The Road; Ain't No Sunshine; Nothing Compares 2 U; Crazy; Isn't She Lovely; I Believe I Can Fly; Oh Girl; I'll Be There; Mona Lisa Save; The Best For Last and Natural Woman.
If you're looking for something fun and light to listen to, something that will put a grin on your face and probably make you get up and dance like an idiot, this album would be the one. Buy it, you won't be disappointed. Then buy the other cds. You can't go wrong with One Tin Soldier and Seasons in the Sun.
So far, Hello is my favorite, especially the cheesy ending. I Believe I Can Fly runs a close second. You can listen to End of the Road at the Fat Wreck site; I've uploaded Hello for your listening pleasure.
Trust me, it's a beautiful rendition of the Lionel Richie classic.