Take a Break

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Take a Break
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes - Take a Break cover.jpg
Studio album by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
Released July 1, 2003
Recorded Motor Studios, San Francisco
Genre Punk rock
Length 32:30
Label Fat Wreck Chords
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes chronology
Blow in the Wind
(2001)Blow in the Wind2001
Take a Break
Ruin Jonny's Bar Mitzvah
(2004)Ruin Jonny's Bar Mitzvah2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Take a Break is the fourth album by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, released on July 1, 2003, on Fat Wreck Chords independent record label.

The album consists entirely of cover versions of R&B songs. Like its predecessor, Blow in the Wind, several tracks are led off with appropriations of classic punk (or related genres like new wave) riffs ("Crazy" incorporates "Six Pack" by Black Flag, "Save the Best for Last" includes "Pretty Vacant" by The Sex Pistols, and "I'll Be There" borrows the intro from The Cars' "Just What I Needed").

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original performer Length
1. "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" Frank Wildhorn, Chuck Jackson Whitney Houston  
2. "Hello" Lionel Richie Lionel Richie  
3. "End of the Road" Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Antonio "L.A." Reid, Daryl Simmons Boyz II Men  
4. "Ain't No Sunshine" Bill Withers Bill Withers  
5. "Nothing Compares 2 U" Prince The Family  
6. "Crazy" (contains an interpretation of "Six Pack" by Black Flag, written by Greg Ginn) Seal, Guy Sigsworth Seal  
7. "Isn't She Lovely" Stevie Wonder Stevie Wonder  
8. "I Believe I Can Fly" R. Kelly R. Kelly  
9. "Oh Girl" (contains an interpretation of "Race Against Time" by GBH) Barbara Acklin, Eugene Record The Chi-Lites  
10. "I'll Be There" (contains an interpretation of "Just What I Needed" by The Cars, written by Ric Ocasek) Berry Gordy, Bob West, Hal Davis, Willie Hutch The Jackson 5  
11. "Mona Lisa" Ray Evans, Jay Livingston Nat King Cole  
12. "Save the Best for Last" (contains an interpretation of "Pretty Vacant" by the Sex Pistols) Phil Galdston, Wendy Waldman, Jon Lind Vanessa Williams  
13. "Natural Woman" Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Jerry Wexler Aretha Franklin  


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