ME FIRST AND THE GIMME GIMMES: Ruin Jonny’s Bar Mitzvah: CD

To actually play at someone’s Bar Mitzvah and to record it is brilliant. The video portion of this proves that they actually performed this stunt. It’s always funny to see sheltered, generic people get easily shocked. The facial expressions are priceless. Well, the gang busts out some major tunes here. A cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven.” If you are a covers geek like me, check out the Dread Zeppelin version. They play Blondie’s “Heart of Glass” with a male perspective. Helen Reddy, Styx, Beatles, Billy Joel, Willie Nelson, and REO Speedwagon all get the special treatment from the boys. Scary thing is, minus the Beatles, I remember these songs when they were originally performed by the artists and were new. Merging is the new craft that the band has been incorporating lately. Who would think that the intro to the Adolescents’ “Kids of the Black Hole” would work so well with the Carpenters’ “Superstar?” “Hava Nagila” and the Offspring’s “Come Out and Play”? That’s like bowling a strike with the heaviest loaner ball at the alley and accidentally farting from the sheer weight of it. A surprise you didn’t expect. Fun as always, you can never go wrong when this band unleashes their humor. Now where can I get one of those cool guitars they had made?

 –don (Fat)