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Are a Drag

Me First and The Gimme GimmesAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 18, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: May 18, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fat Wreck Chords
  • ASIN: B00000IPAQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,701 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Over The Rainbow
2. Don't Cry For Me Argentina
3. Science Fiction Double Feature
4. Summertime
5. Favorite Things
6. Rainbow Connection
7. Phantom Of The Opera Song
8. I Sing The Body Electric
9. It's Raining On Prom Night
10. Tomorrow
11. What I Did For Love
12. Stepping Out

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gloriously Entertaining August 21, 2002
By Paul H.
Format:Audio CD
Gimmicky? Not as much as one might think. While a lesser band might have intended this collection as a batch of cynical parodies, Me First & The Gimme Gimme's Are A Drag comes off as a loving tribute to Broadway and other assorted musicals. The tunes are played quite straight-faced, and the tight musicianship and raw yet charming vocals make for some very enjoyable repeated listenings. Think a great pop-punk band hooked on Andrew Lyodd Webber and Rodgers & Hammerstien. Other bands might attempt to do what the Gimme Gimme's set out to accomplish (see New Found Glory, whose movie theme song covers come off as more grating than particularly entertaining), but it doesn't get better than Me First. Any band that can pull of a ska-punk version of "Cabaret" deserves a pat on the back.
And for those who'd like to know....the songs and their corresponding musicals:
Over The Rainbow (The Wizard Of Oz)
Don't Cry For Me Argentina (Evita)
Science Fiction Double Feature (Rocky Horror Show)
Summertime (Porgy & Bess)
Favorite Things (The Sound Of Music)
Rainbow Connection (Muppet Movie)
Phantom of the Opera Song (duh)
I Sing The Body Electric (Fame)
It's Raining On Prom Night (Grease)
Tomorrow (Annie)
What I Did For Love (A Chorus Line)
Cabaret (duh) (why does every website list this a "Stepping Out"?)
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best cover band ever... July 7, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
MFATGG can do no wrong. On this, their second full length album, the best cover band ever has moved from covering the soft rock hits of the 70's to reworking the songs of Broadway into punk classics. 12 covers of showtunes. Most are two minutes or less, and always leave you wanting more. The best songs are "Over the Rainbow" from The Wizard of Oz, "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess, The Phantom of the Opera theme song, "Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music, and "Stepping Out" from Cabaret. "Favorite Things" also steals it intro from the Bad Religion song, "Generator". This CD is so good, no matter what kind of music you, like you'll have to at least appreciate these songs. They play them with a sense of reverence and not at all with a condescending or 'punker than thou' attitude. Go. Buy. Now.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than just a novelty September 22, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Musically one of the tightest punk bands around, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes belt out one of the best albums in my collection with this compilation of Broadway and Film tunes.

A long time fan of punk (from the Dead Kennedy's days, when they were still together), I find myself going back to this album, and the rest of the Gimme's library, for solid, competent punk that simply kicks your butt over and over again with each listen.

Standouts on this album (personally) include Science Fiction (from The Rocky Horror Picture Show), Over The Rainbow, and a fantastic rendition of Summertime. Summertime hit me hard when Fantasia Burrino sang it on AI3, which is a powerful song to begin with. Me First accomplish an incredible feat with this song, turning it into punk while retaining its' soul.

You simply cannot go wrong with this album, nor anything in the Me First arsenal of punk hits.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fat Pack Strikes Back! May 25, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I hate showtunes. Now I know the words to "Phantom of the Opera" I blame Me First & the Gimme Gimmes.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kickin myself in De Toosh May 15, 2000
Format:Audio CD
WOW! I got this CD for Xmas from my roomate! I never had the chance to really listen to it and would like to kick myself in de toosh. This weekend I went road trippin with two frenchies who understood NONE of the cultural references and still fell in love with the.. ahem.. Orchestrations.
The Fact remains, these guys are incredibly clean, tight musicians, and the music is just hard enough, with enough pop, and heck, we ALREADY know all the lyrics, to make it an instant favoirte. No matter if you are learning the harmonies with two frenchies in thier wonderfully broken english. Quintessential party music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums I own December 4, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I love Me First and The Gimme Gimmes. The whole idea behind a cover band is great and this is the best album the guys have put out to date. The Gimme Gimmes usually go with a theme on each album and this one is show tunes. The classic show tunes your mom and grandmother will know.
I love "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." Everybody has Judy Garland burned into thier mind with this song and there cover changes that real quick. It's loud and powerful and has the same catchy chorus that's made it a legendary song.
I liked "Tommorrow" a lot. Once again you hear this song and think Annie. It's a fantastic song and the guitar rifts are fast and heavy in this one.
"The Phantom of the Opera" is my favorite on the album. Spike really does display his vocals on this track. He won't leave you disappointed.
The rest of the covers are all great. I think those are the best three. This is the best album no one has ever heard of. To often do these guys get confused with New Found Glory. Glory isn't worthy of Me Firsts' drum sticks and guitar picks. This is the only way I'd ever sing show tunes. I think my mom almost flipped out when I walked down the hall singing opera. I've owned this album for almost four years and it's one of the best I own. If you like punk rock you won't regret this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great cleaning music!
Published 7 days ago by becky small
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Another great CD from a great, fun band. Great selection of covers from musicals and broadway on this one. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jessica
4.0 out of 5 stars Gotta Listen to Over The Rainbow Track - Awesome
I would buy this album just for the Over the Rainbow track... First heard it on Taxicab Confessions and fell in love with this group.
Published 10 months ago by Jw Najarian
4.0 out of 5 stars Good CD
I love to listen to this CD, but wish that the one song did not have the F-word.

Otherwise, great CD - very upbeat songs you'll know.
Published on August 5, 2007 by C. London
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Damn Cover Band In The World pt 2...
...Oh dear, Libertine Venus(pretentious reviewer below)just doesn't get it. Stuck in the doldrums?(as LV obviously is)then throw out your Glade air freshener/inscense, and slap on... Read more
Published on June 26, 2007 by A. Brownlow
1.0 out of 5 stars Are a Drag? Absolutely it is!
These fools are completely annoying. I cannot imagine the brand of morons who have rated this album 5 stars. HA! You call yourselves fans of punk. Disgusting. Read more
Published on February 4, 2007 by Libertine Venus
5.0 out of 5 stars The Concept Coalesces
I own every Me First and the Gimme Gimmes record that's available on a format that I can currently deal with (SOMEbody forgot to tell me when they released their extremely limited... Read more
Published on October 18, 2006 by Brian Seiler
5.0 out of 5 stars simply amazing
this has to be my favorite album they have done. it is just fantastic. the last time i saw them, about 4. Read more
Published on April 7, 2006 by Dr. Death
5.0 out of 5 stars Me First and the Gimme Gimmes - Are a Drag
Great Punk Record! This is a punk rock reworking of standard rock classics and show tunes is OUTANDING. Read more
Published on March 20, 2006 by Barry A. Hester
5.0 out of 5 stars I won't cry for you
This band has captured my heart. The first song I ever heard them do was "I Sing the Body Electric", and from then on they were my favourite. Read more
Published on March 15, 2006 by Sociopathic Pirate Wench
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