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Punk On The Rocks: Me First And The Gimme Gimmes “Go Down Under” Review

Me First and The Gimme Gimmes may be a one trick pony, but wow, what a trick. The Go Down Under EP continues the fine Me First tradition of making fans love songs they used to hate and see songs that they love in a whole new light.

In keeping with the recent music trend of Australasia-themed music and puns (See Amanda Palmer‘s “Map of Tasmania“), Me First recorded this EP for release during their Australian tour. In honor of their Aussie friends, Go Down Under is an EP full of covers of songs made famous by Australian artists like INXS, Rick Springfield and more.

Tie Me Kangaroo Down : Me First and The Gimme Gimmes

Me First’s considerable cover song skill is on full display on Go Down Under. Any band that can make Air Supply’s sappy snooze-fest “All Out Of Love” sound like it was written by the Ramones is aces in my book. All of the EP’s six covers are good, but the real stand out track, in my opinion, is the band’s take on Olivia Newton John‘s “Have You Never Been Mellow.” This is probably the most aggro Australia’s girl next store has ever sounded, and that’s a good thing.

While some fans questioned the band’s choice of songs (“Seriously, so many great Australian artists and they pick Air Supply,” quipped one Punknews.org user in the comments section of a post about the EP), Go Down Under is yet another solid addition to the Me First canon.

Currently available only at their Australian dates, Go Down Under will be available to the rest of the world on February 1, 2011 on Fat Wreck Chords.

Punk On The Rocks: Most Anticipated Releases of 2011

Forget losing weight or doing more work around the house! This year, make a New Year’s resolution you will actually WANT to keep—A resolution to listen to more music! Think of it as a way to further your music education while simultaneously supporting a community that really needs your help—indie musicians! To get started, check out some of the sweet new releases that 2011 has in store for punk rock fans below!

Art for HWM / Bouncing Souls Split 7"

Hot Water Music / The Bouncing Souls Split 7″. Raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens, Hot Water Music and split 7 inches—These are a few of my favorite things, and 2011 promises to deliver at least two of them with this limited edition disc. Created to celebrate the two bands’ December 2010 Australian tour, the split features Hot Water Music covering The Bouncing Souls “True Believer,” while The Souls cover Hot Water Music’s “Wayfarer.” With only 2,000 copies made and the online pre-order stock of 500 already sold out, you better run to your local indie record store on January 11 if you want to guarantee yourself a copy. Bonus: Colored vinyl!

Release Date: 1/11/11   Label: Chunksaah Records

G'day, Mate!

Me First and The Gimme GimmesGo Down Under. Speaking of commemorative Australian tour releases (How often does anyone get to use that line as an opener?), Me First and The Gimme Gimmes will be jumping on the bandwagon in February of 2011.  Go Down Under, the Gimme’s first release since 2008′s Have Another Ball, is an EP of covers of songs by famous Australian artists like Olivia Newton John and Air Supply. The EP’s release is meant to coincide with their 2011 Australian tour. While I was hoping for a rendition of Newton John’s “Physical” instead of “Have You Never Been Mellow,” I’m still excited to see how this one turns out.

Release Date: 2/11/11   Label: Fat Wreck Chords

That Old-Timey Punk Rock

Social DistortionHard Times and Nursery Rhymes. For a band with over 30 years of activity, Social Distortion’s Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes contains a lot of firsts. Not only will Hard Times be Social D’s Epitaph debut, it will be their first album of original material since 2004′s Sex, Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll. This fact alone is cause for celebration and excitement. Another first? This will be Social Distortion’s first record with new drummer Dave Hidalgo Jr. (Suicidal Tendencies, Spinerette, The Drips). Pre-order a digital copy here and a hard copy here!

Release Date: 1/18/11   Label: Epitaph

Classics of Love Get Rowdy

Classics of Love - Untitled full-length. Former Operation Ivy vocalist Jesse Michaels fronts this Berkeley, California based punk outfit. While Classics doesn’t sound anything like OpIvy, their 2009 Asian Man EP Walking in Shadows does sound a whole lot like awesome. Their music has an 80s hardcore feel to it, while still remaining fresh and exciting. The band is currently working on putting out their first full length album on Asian Man Records.  To recap: The singer of the quintessential 90s ska-punk band Operation Ivy is now making music inspired by 80s hardcore punk. Got it? Good.

Release Date: Some time in 2011   Label: Asian Man Records
What new releases are you looking forward to in 2011? Let us know in the comments!

PUNK ON THE ROCKS: LET THEM KNOW & PUNK COVERS

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The cover art for "Let Them Know"

On Tuesday, seminal Southern California punk label BYO (Better Youth Organization) Records celebrated their 25th anniversary by releasing the box set Let Them Know: The Story of Youth Brigade and BYO Records. The set includes the full-length documentary Let Them Know, directed by Jeff Alulis (Do You Remember? 15 Years of The Bouncing Souls and NOFX’s Backstage Passport), a full color hardcover coffee table book and, most interestingly, a 31-track double LP. While the documentary and book are well-put together, it’s the LP— a who’s who of punk covering songs from the BYO catalog—that has fans excited. Since BYO released music from Bouncing Souls, Alkaline Trio, 7 Seconds and Bad Religion in addition to label founders Youth Brigade, there were a lot of great tracks for the bands involved to choose from.  Some of the highlights include Pennywise covering “We’re Gonna Fight” by 7 Seconds, Dropkick Murphys playing “Fight To Unite” by Youth Brigade and Anti-Flag’s take on Unseen’s “1000 Miles.” This form of tribute seems more fitting than issuing a simple greatest hits album. Covers have played a prominent role in punk since the beginning of the genre.

Covers are about more than just cashing in on a popular song. They are a tribute to influential artists, not to mention a great way to expose songs to a new audience. It is widely known that Joey Ramone was hugely influenced by 60s pop and the girl group sound. The Ramones payed tribute to these influences by covering songs like The Ronettes’ “Baby, I Love You,” Chris Montez’ “Let’s Dance,” and The Trashmen’s “Surfin’ Bird.” Sid Vicious covered “I Wanna Be Your Dog” both live and on record, introducing the youth of Great Britain aware to the music of Iggy Pop and The Stooges. The Dead Kennedys included a deranged cover of the Elvis hit “Viva Las Vegas” on their album Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables, seemingly just for the fun of it. While covers had always been a part of punk, punk versions of non-punk songs became popular in a major way in the late 1990s to early 2000s. Vagrant Records’ popular Before You Were Punk series featured punk bands covering 80s new wave favorites, while the Fearless records Punk Goes… series of albums had modern day punk and pop-punk bands put their spin on the hits of metal, pop, crunk and more. This same time period saw the formation of the punk super group Me First & The Gimme Gimmes, whose entire repertoire consists of punk covers of their favorite songs across all genres. The punk cover trend is still going strong, with Weezer covering Lady Gaga and MGMT on their tour this past summer and MxPx releasing their second cover album. As long as there are garages, basements and VFW halls, there will be punk bands playing their favorite songs.

To see the preview for Let Them Know, click here.

For Let Them Know screenings and Youth Brigade live dates, click here.

For more information about the Let them Know box set, click here.

Check out some punk covers by OurStage artists in the playlist below!

 


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