Me First and the Gimme Gimmes discography

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Me First and the Gimme Gimmes discography
Releases
Studio albums 6
Live albums 1
Compilation albums 1
EPs 3
Singles 18
Music videos 3
Box sets 1
Other appearances 3

The discography of Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, a punk rock supergroup cover band, consists of five studio albums, three EPs, one live album, one compilation album, eighteen singles, one box set, and three music videos.

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes formed in 1995 in California from members of other notable rock bands: Spike Slawson (Swingin' Utters), Chris Shiflett (No Use for a Name), Fat Mike (NOFX), and Joey Cape and Dave Raun (Lagwagon).[1] They came together to perform cover songs during off-time from their main acts and did not initially intend to release albums, instead releasing singles named after the artists they had covered and contributing songs to compilation albums.[1] Their first album, Have a Ball, was released in 1997 and began a pattern of themed albums after particular musical genres. Have a Ball covered pop hits of the 1960s and 1970s and was followed by Are a Drag (1999), which covered Broadway show tunes. Blow in the Wind (2001) focused on pop hits of the 1960s, while Take a Break (2003) covered rhythm and blues songs. The band released the live album Ruin Jonny's Bar Mitzvah in 2004 on which they covered karaoke favorites, followed by Love Their Country in 2006 which focused on country and western songs. The compilation album Have Another Ball was released in 2008, consisting of outtakes from the Have a Ball sessions, many of which had appeared on compilations and singles over the years.

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US[2]
Billboard 200 Heatseekers Independent
1997 Have a Ball[3]
1999 Are a Drag[4]
  • Released: May 18, 1999
  • Label: Fat Wreck Chords (FAT 586)
  • Format: CD, LP
2001 Blow in the Wind[5]
  • Released: March 20, 2001
  • Label: Fat Wreck Chords (FAT 620)
  • Format: CD, LP
14
2003 Take a Break[6]
  • Released: July 1, 2003
  • Label: Fat Wreck Chords (FAT 650)
  • Format: CD, LP
131 6
2006 Love Their Country[7]
  • Released: October 17, 2006
  • Label: Fat Wreck Chords (FAT 712)
  • Format: LP, CD
169 4 12
2014 Are We Not Men? We Are Diva![8]
  • Released: May 13, 2014
  • Label: Fat Wreck Chords (FAT 919)
  • Format: CD, LP
102 [9]
"—" denotes albums that were released but did not chart.

Live albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US[2]
Billboard 200 Heatseekers Independent
2004 Ruin Jonny's Bar Mitzvah[10]
  • Released: October 5, 2004
  • Label: Fat Wreck Chords (FAT 674)
  • Formats: CD, LP
197 13 17

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US[2]
Billboard 200 Heatseekers Independent
2008 Have Another Ball[11]
  • Released: July 8, 2008
  • Label: Fat Wreck Chords (FAT 729)
  • Formats: CD, LP
163 11 26

Extended plays[edit]

Year Album details
2001 Turn Japanese[12]
  • Released: February 21, 2001
  • Label: Pizza of Death (PZCY-2)
  • Format: CD
2011 Go Down Under[13]
  • Released: February 1, 2011
  • Label: Fat Wreck Chords (FAT765)
  • Format: CD, EP
2011 Sing in Japanese[14]
  • Released: September 13, 2011
  • Label: Fat Wreck Chords (FAT776)
  • Format: CD, EP

Singles[edit]

Year Release details Tracks Original performer
1995 Denver[15]
  • Released: August 26, 1995
  • Label: Fat Wreck Chords (FAT 531)
  • Format: 7" single
  1. "Country Roads"[I]
  2. "Leaving on a Jet Plane"[II]
John Denver
1996 Billy[16]
  • Released: November 1, 1996
  • Label: Epitaph (#86485)
  • Format: 7" single
  1. "Uptown Girl"[II]
  2. "Only the Good Die Young"[I]
Billy Joel
1997 Paul
  • Released: 1997
  • Label: Kung Fu (KFS-7002)
  • Format: 7" single
  1. "Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard"[II]
  2. "Mother and Child Reunion"[I]
Paul Simon
Diamond
  • Released: 1997
  • Label: Hopeless (HR 624-7)
  • Format: 7" single
  1. "Sweet Caroline"[II]
  2. "America"[I]
Neil Diamond
Barry
  1. "Mandy"[II]
  2. "I Write the Songs"[I]
Barry Manilow
1999 Elton[17]
  • Released: September 2, 1999
  • Label: Honest Don's (DON 020)
  • Format: 7" single
  1. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"[I]
  2. "Rocket Man"[II]
Elton John
Garf
  • Released: 1999
  • Label: Lookout! (L 219)
  • Format: 7" single
  1. "The Boxer"[I]'
  2. "I Am a Rock"[II]
Simon & Garfunkel
Art Garfunkel
In Your Barkalounger
  1. "Fire and Rain"[II]
  2. "You've Got a Friend"[I]
James Taylor
2001 Shannon[18]
  • Released: 2001
  • Label: BYO (BYO-71)
  • Format: 7" single
  1. "Runaway"
  2. "Hats Off to Larry"
Del Shannon
Stevens
  • Released: 2001
  • Label: Nitro (NR-15841)
  • Format: 7" single
  1. "Father and Son"
  2. "Wild World"
Cat Stevens
Bob[III]
  • Released: November 27, 2001
  • Label: Fat Wreck Chords
  • Format: 7" single
  1. "Blowin' in the Wind"
  2. "The Times They Are A-Changing"
Bob Dylan
2003 Jackson[19]
  • Released: 2003
  • Label: Jade Tree (JT 1086)
  • Format: 7" single
  1. "Ben"
  2. "I'll Be There"
Michael Jackson
The Jackson 5
Stevie
  • Released: September 1, 2003[20]
  • Label: No Idea (NIR 148)
  • Format: 7" single
  1. "I Just Called to Say I Love You"
  2. "Isn't She Lovely"
Stevie Wonder
2007 Dolly[21][IV]
  • Released: October 16, 2007
  • Label: Fat Wreck Chords (FAT 227)
  • Format: 7" single
  1. "Jolene"
  2. "I Will Always Love You"
Dolly Parton
Cash[22][IV]
  • Released: November 6, 2007
  • Label: Fat Wreck Chords (FAT 228)
  • Format: 7" single
  1. "Sunday Morning Coming Down"
  2. "I Still Miss Someone"
Johnny Cash
Willie[23][IV]
  • Released: December 11, 2007
  • Label: Fat Wreck Chords (FAT 229)
  • Format: 7" single
  1. "On the Road Again"
  2. "City of New Orleans"
Willie Nelson
2008 Kenny[24][IV]
  • Released: January 22, 2008
  • Label: Fat Wreck Chords (FAT 230)
  • Format: 7" single
  1. "She Believes in Me" ('05 version)
  2. "Lady"
Kenny Rogers
Jerry[25][IV]
  • Released: March 4, 2008
  • Label: Fat Wreck Chords (FAT 231)
  • Format: 7" single
  1. "East Bound and Down" (rough mix)
  2. "I'm Gonna Write a Song"
Jerry Reed

^ I Denotes tracks that were re-released on Have Another Ball.

^ II Denotes tracks that were also released on Have a Ball.

^ III Bob is exclusive to the Me First and the Gimme Gimmes box set and was not released separately.

^ IV Dolly, Cash, Willie, Kenny, and Jerry comprise the "Square Dance Series", so named because the first pressing of each was on square-shaped vinyl. The A side tracks on each are songs from Love Their Country, while the B side tracks are outtakes from the album sessions.

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director Album
1997 "Danny's Song" Have a Ball
1999 "Summertime" Are a Drag
2003 "I Believe I Can Fly" Take a Break

Box sets[edit]

Year Details Pressings and contents
2001 Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
  • Released: November 27, 2001
  • Label: Fat Wreck Chords
  • Format: 11 7" vinyl set in a bowling bag.
  • 500 copies produced; now out of print.
  • Contains the singles Denver, Billy, Paul, Diamond, Barry, Elton, Garf, In Your Barkalounger, Shannon, Stevens, and Bob, as well as stickers, pins, and beer coasters. Packaged in a bowling bag.
  • Bob was a new release exclusive to this set.

Other appearances[edit]

The following Me First and the Gimme Gimmes songs were released on compilation albums, soundtracks, and other releases. Some songs were later re-released on albums, as noted below. This is not an exhaustive list: songs that were first released on the band's albums, EPs, or singles are not included.

Year Release details Tracks Original performer
2000 Happy Meals, Vol. 2: The Perfect Marriage "Rich Girl"[I] Hall & Oates
2002 Uncontrollable Fatulence
  • Released: November 19, 2002
  • Label: Fat Wreck Chords (FAT 646)
  • Format: CD, LP
"Nothing Compares 2 U"[II] The Family
2003 Warped Tour 2003 Tour Compilation
  • Released: June 3, 2003
  • Label: Side One Dummy
  • Format: CD
"The Harder They Come"[I] Jimmy Cliff

^ I Denotes songs that were re-released on Have Another Ball.

^ II "Nothing Compares 2 U" was included on Take a Break in 2003.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Cornelius, David. "Me First and the Gimme Gimmes: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  2. ^ a b c "Artist Chart History - Me First and the Gimme Gimmes". Billboard charts. Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  3. ^ "Have a Ball". Fat Wreck Chords. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  4. ^ "Are a Drag". Fat Wreck Chords. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  5. ^ "Blow in the Wind". Fat Wreck Chords. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Take a Break". Fat Wreck Chords. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  7. ^ "Love Their Country". Fat Wreck Chords. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  8. ^ "Are We Not Men? We Are Diva!". Fat Wreck Chords. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  9. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/310300/me-first-and-gimme-gimmes/chart
  10. ^ "Ruin Johnny's Bar Mitzvah". Fat Wreck Chords. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  11. ^ "Have Another Ball". Fat Wreck Chords. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  12. ^ "Turn Japanese". Pizza of Death Records. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  13. ^ "Me First and the Gimme Gimmes detail Go Down Under. Punknews.org. December 1, 2010.
  14. ^ "Me First and the Gimme Gimmes 'Sing in Japanese'. FatWreck.com. September 13, 2011.
  15. ^ "Denver". Fat Wreck Chords. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  16. ^ "Album info: Me First and the Gimme Gimmes - Billy". Epitaph Records. Retrieved 2008-12-09. 
  17. ^ "Elton". Fat Wreck Chords. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  18. ^ "Shannon". BYO Records. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  19. ^ "Jackson". Jade Tree Records. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  20. ^ "No Idea Records Discography". No Idea Records. Retrieved 2008-12-09. 
  21. ^ "Dolly". Fat Wreck Chords. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  22. ^ "Cash". Fat Wreck Chords. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  23. ^ "Willie". Fat Wreck Chords. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  24. ^ "Kenny". Fat Wreck Chords. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  25. ^ "Jerry". Fat Wreck Chords. Retrieved 2010-01-31.