UKE HUNT: Self-titled: CD

I like Me First And The Gimme Gimmes. I like ukuleles. I don’t like them in combination. This is Spike Slawson’s ukulele cover band with a collection of exceedingly hokey renditions of tunes culled from respectable artists such as The Kinks, David Bowie, Depeche Mode, and The Carpenters. Yes, you will think The Carpenters are respectable after you hear this record. He is joined by Lagwagon bassist Joe Raposo and Jamin Barton, who played sax on the last Gimme Gimmes record. The production is slick but this ends up sounding like one of those records from the ‘50s with the singer draped in velvet or satin that is so uncool—it could be cool—but isn’t. This just makes me want to listen to Petty Booka. 

 –Lisa Weiss (Fat Wreck Chords)