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Love Their Country

Me First and The Gimme GimmesAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 17, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fat Wreck Chords
  • ASIN: B000GRTQI4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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1. Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)
2. (Ghost) Riders In The Sky
3. Desperado
4. On The Road Again
5. Annie's Song
6. Jolene
7. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
8. Lookin' For Love
9. Goodbye Earl
10. East Bound And Down
11. She Believes In Me
12. Sunday Morning Coming Down

Editorial Reviews

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, the cover band who have single handedly revitalized the careers of many long forgotten artists, are back with their 6th full length entitled Love Their Country. If their stylistic focus this time around isn't completely clear from the album title or the cover photo, then let me spell it our for you, C-O-U-N-T-R-Y (as in music). The Gimmes are set to breathe new life into this almost forgotten genre! With a curtsy and a tip of the old ten-gallon hat Me First tear through 13 of country music's most famous tunes. Songs by the likes of the Dixie Chicks, Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, and Kenny Rogers just to name a few. A supergroup of sorts, bringing together members from NOFX, Lagwagon, The Swingin' Utters, and the Foo Fighters, it's no wonder that Me First and the Gimme Gimmes pull off a country record flawlessly. If I didn't know better I'd think they wrote these tunes themselves. So mosey on up to some sort of cold beverage, and get yourself ready, because the hoedown's a fixin' to go down!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At it again... October 18, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is exactly what I would expect from the punk supergroup we all know and love. Another fast CD with catchy covers and an expectedly short running time. Great stuff as usual.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yippee-I-Yay Yippee-I-Yo October 28, 2006
Format:Audio CD
When it comes to "Weird Al" Yankovic, it's always the parodies that get all the press, but for me, it's the polkas that make the album. The parodies are always hit are miss, but Al has never made a bad polka and can usually turn an unlistenable song, much like the Pussycat Dolls Don't Cha on his latest album, into thoroughly enjoyable medleys. If you are like me and find Al's polka medleys entertaining, here's a band for you: Me First and the Gimme Gimmes who take pop songs, but there genre of choice is punk. Comprised of members of NOFX and Foo Fighters, the band has been converting songs into punk since 1995 and you have not lived until you have heard their rendition of R. Kelly's I Believe I Can Fly.

After albums featuring songs from the 60's and 70's (Have a Ball), show tunes (Are a Drag), R&B (Take a Break), as well the live album Ruin Johnny's Bar Mitzvah which was recoded live at some dude named Johnny's actual Bar Mitzvah. But on Love Their Country, the boys naturally focus on country music. Now even if you are like me and avoid country like the plague, you will most likely still recognize most of the songs here like On the Road Again (Willie Nelson), I'm So Lonely I Could Cry (Hank Williams Sr.), Looking for Love (Johnny Lee). Also look out for other country artists that actually don't suck like Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers (not to be confused with the cheating baseball player), John Denver, and The Eagles, and yes Desperado is basically a country song.

But the highlights of the album are their versions of Dolly Parton's Jolene and the Dixie Chick's Goodbye Earl if only it's extremely hilarious hearing a dude singing very female specific lyrics which they don't change at all.
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Above Average, But Not Their Best October 21, 2006
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This CD is problematic. I am a Me First and the Gimme Gimmes fan, and I am a country music fan (I have the originals of a fair sampling of the material they've covered here), and this is probably the first time on any of their records that I can see some clear, distinct errors in judgment and execution on the band's part.

The plus side for the album is that it's a set of moderately effective punk rock covers of country songs of various popularity. While not ambitious, the music is generally well executed. It's not a CD I'm sorry I bought.

However, there are some problems with this album, particularly when compared with some of their earlier fare. For starters, the song selection here is incomprehensible. Annie's Song? I mean, John Denver showed up a lot on the country charts, but this is not one of the songs that gets a lot of radio play in a lot of markets. It's also not a song that's particularly friendly for conversion to the punk ruck genre, because it is, in its original form, essentially a vocal showcase for Denver with only a minor part for the backing instrumental parts. Country Roads would have been a good choice here (their cover of that song is more than adequate), and Thank God I'm A Country Boy would probably have been more in keeping with the feeling of the album.

Similarly, Lookin' for Love is not really the hallmark of Johnny Lee's career. Cherokee Fiddle would probably have converted better, and would have better allowed for performances from the band. The Hank Williams number selected (I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry) is adequate and one of the more creative and interesting on the record, but I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive might have been an easier sell and even Hey Good Lookin' might be more recognizable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love those Gimmies! March 28, 2013
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Love the album if you're a fan of country or punk definitely pick this up. I read a review about this album saying that some of the songs are not very well known. I disagree with that review. I grew up in a household where my parents and sister love country music so I knew all of the songs. I must say I think Jolene is 1 of the best songs on this album. If you are a punk rock fan you need the gimmies in your collection. If you are a country fan buy this album give the gimmies a shot and you will not be disappointed. BUY IT, LISTEN TO IT, LOVE IT!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun music for cast parites! November 28, 2012
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I run a high school theatre and glee program. Celebrating after our shows with a cast party is always made easier with the Gimme Gimmes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Probably my favorite Gimme Gimme's album. October 27, 2012
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Spike's vocals improved, the guitars sound awesome, drums are fast as hell...and Fat Mike is Fat Mike ha
Can't go wrong with this album. Not a bad song on here. Buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD. October 20, 2009
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Well I have always been a fan of all these guys groups and I love their other cover albums. My mom really liked the covers they did and she is a big country fan and she loves this cd. She plays their cds at work for the handicapped people she takes care of and they love them too because they give them faster versions of their favorite songs and helps them with speaking skills. Plus they really get into the beat which is real good. Love these albums!
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is Punk Country Pardner! October 28, 2008
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When I lived in the UK at the end of the '70's and the start of the '80s, I couldn't have imagined that "Punk Rock" would be around 30 years later. I never liked it I never got it at all until grudgingly, I had to admire "GreenDay" when they were all over the radio for a time. So imagine my surprise when by accident one day I got a CD by a group called Me First and the Gimme Gimmes (my wife is "Gimmie" to our grand kids).

To those who don't know, MFATGG are a punk "Cover Group" who do interesting punk versions of old pop songs, and in this outing they do it for country. Purist of punk or country may find this totally offensive, but I find it a lot of fun. My favorite here is Kris Kristofferson's "Sunday Morning Coming Down" which they gave a updated feel without changing the gut wrenching effect of the original. Jolene is great, but the gender voice of the poetry comes off a bit "Off".

But here's the deal, this is not an album for country fans, or for punk fans, but it is a CD for eclectic music lovers, and when I am in the mood for it I love it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars YeeHawwww!
Strictly a punk rock cover band, The Gimme Gimmies set their sites on the country music scene this time around. Funny thing is I hate country, but I love this album. Read more
Published on January 23, 2008 by George Dionne
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Damn Cover Band In The World pt 6...
...Oh dear, poor old Wojo(name seems despairingly appropriate somehow)still doesn't get it(see review for "Ruin Jonny's Bar Mitzvah"). Read more
Published on June 26, 2007 by A. Brownlow
4.0 out of 5 stars Not too shabby
I've been into this band for a few years now, and I think this is one of their better CDs. I loved their rendition of "On the road again" where they fused the beginning of "Astro... Read more
Published on May 15, 2007 by Jason Mattson
4.0 out of 5 stars The Gimmes continue to rock... even when it's country
I am a huge admirer of MFATGG, but with each new release I keep expecting their schtick to wear thin. Read more
Published on January 28, 2007 by R. Hart
4.0 out of 5 stars Gimme some more
I love this band and the concept of covering the original "lame" versions of the songs that they select for their CDs. Read more
Published on December 22, 2006 by C. Mokijewski
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
I'm not the biggest fan of the country genre. It doesn't appeal to me that much because of the things I find kind of stupid that are associated with country music. Read more
Published on December 16, 2006 by Matthew Edmundson
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this CD
It's strange; I love The Outlaws version of Ghost Riders in the Sky which clocks in at over 6 minutes, but I also love the Gimmes version which comes in at a tidy 1:35. Read more
Published on December 13, 2006 by Christopher Hivner
4.0 out of 5 stars Me First - Love Their Country
Me First & the Gimme Gimme's has long been one of my favorite bands. This is a band that if you put it on the stereo, someone will inevitably ask, "Who's that? Read more
Published on November 20, 2006 by T. Snyder
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take all of this pop and emo and art and nerd crap off of the punk rock...
i agree with you on most points, as im an anarchist punk myself. but punk didnt die. it evolved. sure, it went wayyyy underground, but its there if you look hard enough. ever heard of against me? [of course, i mean old against me before they sold out...] thats punk, even by your narrow... Read More
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