Artist: Me First and The Gimme Gimmes
Title: “Santa Baby” (Single)
Label: Fat Wreck Chords
Release Date: 11/30/2018
Truth be told, the band Me First and The Gimme Gimmes is a bit of a guilty pleasure for me since everything that I listen to from them just puts me in a fun and rocking mood. For those in the unaware, MFATGG are technically a cover band but one that makes lightning fast renditions of the classics they do and even toss in teasers from other songs to see if you’re paying attention. I’d compare them to being a Punk Rock version of The Nerds if you needed more information about what they are. You’re going to want to look up albums like “Have A Ball” and “Are A Drag” when time permits but with my being on a Holiday Hootnanny kick with Christmastime heading our way, I was stoked to learn that they had offered up their own version of the classic “Santa Baby” which was originally sung by Eartha Kitt. She played Catwoman at one point on the classic “Batman” television series if you didn’t know.
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Artist: Punk Rock Karaoke
Title: “Punk Rock Karaoke” (CD/DVD)
Label: MVD Audio
Release Date: 10/28/2008
Genre: Punk Rock
If you have ever suffered through karaoke versions of “Sweet Caroline” or “Build Me Up Buttercup” and longed for such an event to find a little more grit to it then the guys that make up Punk Rock Karaoke have got the perfect cure for your ills. Much like its name, this is a Punk Rock version of the ever popular Karaoke idea, but to go one step further, the project involves a number of musical luminaries from the Punk Rock genre. As a band they perform the songs while some lucky audience member gets to brave the microphone and rock out with their…..well, you get the general idea. Hopefully they will keep the song on track and sound good but even if they don’t it is bound to entertain anyone else who is in the room while it is going on. The band features Eric Melvin (guitarist and emcee), Greg Hetson (guitarist), Derek O’Brien (drummer), and Steve Soto (bassist) who together bring the experience of their work with bands like NOFX, Bad Religion, Circle Jerks, Adolescents, 22 Jacks, Agent Orange and Social Distortion all together with the common goal of having a lot of fun. They released a CD/DVD combo package of recorded music that features a number of well-known Punk singers handling the vocal chores and then provided a DVD that covers the karaoke portion of the project. With two distinct parts to discuss, I have broken them down by piece.
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