Reviewed! Me First and the Gimme Gimmes – Go Down Under
Go Down Under
Fat Wreck Chords
Most times, cover bands run their course. Sure, it’s a gimmick that helps fill out bars on a Friday or Saturday night, but Me First and the Gimme Gimmes have always been different. Not only are they different in the fact that they’re a punk rock supergroup, boasting the likes of Spike Slawson (Swingin' Utters), Joey Cape (Lagwagon), Chris Shiflett AKA Jake Jackson (No Use For A Name), Fat Mike (NOFX) and Dave Raun (Lagwagon) in their ranks, but they have always managed to be more than a mere gimmick, and have managed to keep ‘their’ music light, refreshing and most of all, hilarious.
And so it goes with their new EP, Go Down Under.
As you might expect, this EP consists of cover songs from five of Australia’s most prominent acts – INXS, Air Supply, Rick Springfield, Olivia Newton-John and the Easybeats. If you a fan of Me First, you know the drill – these songs are going to come at you fast and poppy.
INXS’ “Never Tear Us Apart” opens Go Down Under in typical Me First fashion, before “All Out of Love” (Air Supply) takes center stage and gets a bit of a Black Flag makeover. “Friday on My Mind” (the Easybeats) and “Have You Never Been Mellow” (Olivia Newton-John) are next up on the docket, but it’s the following, and closing, track, Rick Springfield’s punk-ed up version of “I’ve Done Everything For You,” that steals the show on Go Down Under, effectively reminding us all why we give a shit about Me First and Gimme Gimmes though their over-the-top, prototypical aplomb.
Listen, you know what you’re getting with Go Down Under. Pop it in the player, and get ready to have some fun.