Ruin Jonny's Bar Mitzvah

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Ruin Jonny's Bar Mitzvah
Live album by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
Released October 19, 2004
Recorded October 25, 2003
Genre Punk rock
Length 46:36
Label Fat Wreck Chords
Producer Ryan Greene
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes chronology
Take a Break
(2003)
Ruin Jonny's Bar Mitzvah
(2004)
Love Their Country
(2006)

Ruin Jonny's Bar Mitzvah is a live album by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, released on October 19, 2004 on Fat Wreck Chords.

It was recorded live at an actual bar mitzvah party, and its runtime lasts their entire performance, including a break in which little can be heard other than the sounds of party guests wandering around and chatting amongst themselves. Jonny Wixen, the Bar Mitzvah boy, plays drums on one of the hidden tracks that are on the final track. The CD comes with footage of the bar mitzvah.

The album is almost entirely made up of songs that have not appeared on previous albums. The only exceptions are two hidden tracks: "Seasons in the Sun" from Have a Ball (1997) and "Sloop John B" from Blow in the Wind (2001).

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original performer Length
1. "Jonny's Blessing"       1:04
2. "Stairway to Heaven"   Jimmy Page, Robert Plant Led Zeppelin 2:33
3. "Heart of Glass"   Debbie Harry, Chris Stein Blondie 2:43
4. "Delta Dawn"   Larry Collins Tanya Tucker 2:41
5. "Come Sail Away"   Dennis DeYoung Styx 2:48
6. "'O Sole Mio"   traditional   2:19
7. "Strawberry Fields Forever"   John Lennon, Paul McCartney The Beatles 2:57
8. "Auld Lang Syne"   traditional   1:49
9. "The Longest Time" (contains an interpolation of "Suspect Device" by Stiff Little Fingers, written by Jake Burns and Gordon Ogilvie) Billy Joel Billy Joel 2:30
10. "On My Mind"   Johnny Christopher, Mark James, Wayne Carson Thompson Brenda Lee, Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson 2:36
11. "Take It on the Run"   Gary Richrath REO Speedwagon 2:44
12. "Superstar" (contains an interpolation of "Kids of the Black Hole" by The Adolescents) Bonnie Bramlett, Leon Russell Delaney and Bonnie 3:21
13. "Hava Nagila" (contains an interpolation of "Come Out and Play" by The Offspring, written by Dexter Holland) traditional   3:41
14. "Hava Nagila (Christmas Arrangement)" (contains an interpolation of "Feliz Navidad" by José Feliciano) traditional   12:53
15. "Seasons in the Sun" (featuring Uncle Roger) Jacques Brel, Rod McKuen The Kingston Trio 2:27
16. "Sloop John B" (featuring Jonny Wixen; contains an interpolation of "Teenage Lobotomy" by the Ramones, written by Dee Dee Ramone) Brian Wilson The Beach Boys 2:09

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Punknews.org 3.5/5 stars[2]

Giving the album three stars, David Swanson with Rolling Stone magazine said the band members "revel in kitsch and irony," adding "What's not to like?"[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Punknews.org review
  3. ^ Swanson, David (2005-02-10), "Tweaked!". Rolling Stone. (967):84