Me First and the Gimme Gimmes shows are always fun. A punk supergroup that does covers of pop songs; what’s not to love?! And while a livestream show isn’t the same as being crammed into a tiny, sweaty venue, singing along until your throat’s sore and leaving with all the mosh-pit bruises, it’s gonna have to do for now.
At least the drinks are cheap, the toilets are clean, and there’s no unwanted attention from drunken weirdos (partners/spouses don’t count).
Presented by the … quirky Belly Reynolds, Gimme Gimmes TV: Christmas Special Spectacular was a gloriously cheesy ode to the Christmas special TV shows of yesteryear.
The band’s set was interluded with sketches from the Western Cuck Exchange, stars of the FX show Two Pink Doors. The skits made for (very!) weird and hilarious intervals in the performance.
It wouldn’t be a TV Special without ads, and here we had an ad for Fat Wreck Chords’ newest releases a la cringey late-night compilation CD ads, and a commercial for Liquid Death that was as informational as it was entertaining.
There were a couple of special guests: Shannon Shaw (Shannon and the Clams), Karina Denike (Dance Hall Crashers/NOFX). Each of these stunning ladies had a single song duet with Spike, the Frank Sinatra classic “Something Stupid” with Denike, while Shaw and Spike performed “Deep Purple.”
But now for the main attraction: Me First and the Gimme Gimmes.
Tonight’s line-up featured CJ Ramone, Bad Cop/Bad Cop’s Stacey Dee, and Pinch (best known as the drummer for punk legends The Damned and founding member of the English Dogs) joining Spike and Scott Shiflett.
The show was peppered with the usual silly, tongue-in-cheek Gimmes humor, even if jokes about Ed Gein were a little unexpected.
Setlist-wise, it was phenomenal, opening with “Santa Baby,” but was not overrun with festive hits, which made way for Gimme Gimme gold like “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard” and “Who Put the Bomp.” If you weren’t aware, Spike was there to remind you “that song was a cover, by the way.” A cover by the self-proclaimed “greatest cover band of all time.”
The set, and the show itself, was closed with a Gimmes version of “Feliz Navidad,” with the band joined onstage by all their guests.
The Me First and the Gimme Gimmes Christmas Show is a tradition, and this year, it was one that everyone could be a part of. The band rarely disappoint live, and this instance was no different, with fans worldwide able to join in the festivities. This was definitely one good side to all the shit 2020 has thrown at us.
Images courtesy of Me First and the Gimme Gimmes.