ME FIRST AND THE GIMME GIMMES: Take a Break: CD

There are good covers and bad ones. The latest Misfits project is a bad one. This one is always a good one. First off, Spike, from the Swingin’ Utters, is a good singer. The rest of the band are accomplished players with a resume that is among the more popular bands of today. I guess it helps to have a couple of Lagwagons, a NOFX and a Foo Fighter to back your shit up. As before, the band chooses a theme and runs with it. This one is the R&B/Soul session. Here is a list of songs given the MF&GG’s treatment: Whitney Houston – “Where Do Broken Hearts Go”; Lionel Ritchie – “Hello”; Boys II Men – “End of the Road”; Bill Withers – “Ain’t No Sunshine”; The Family/Sinead O’Connor – “Nothing Compares 2 U”; Seal – “Crazy”; Stevie Wonder – “Isn’t She Lovely”; R. Kelly – “I Believe I Can Fly”; Chi-Lites – “Oh Girl”; Jackson 5 – “I’ll Be There”; Ray Evans and Jay Livingston written – “Mona Lisa”; Vanessa Williams – “Save the Best for Last”; Aretha Franklin – “Natural Woman.” This is some stuff you can pass off to your naive parents or that co-worker who is so clueless about music that they think you are friends now. This is also great stuff when you are vacuuming, washing dishes or putting that suppository in your pet’s butt. Now that is a great soundtrack!

 –don (Fat Wreck Chords)