Me First And The Gimme Gimmes - Are We Not Men? We Are Diva! (2014)

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Me First And The Gimme Gimmes - Are We Not Men? We Are Diva! (2014)

Me First And The Gimme Gimmes - Are We Not Men? We Are Diva! (2014)
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Are We Not Men? We Are Diva! is a cover album from punk rock supergroup Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. The album consists of covers of songs originally performed by divas.

Prior to the album's release, the band put out two singles. The first was their cover of Paula Abdul's track "Straight Up". On May 5th, the released a cover of Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful" as a second pre-release single.

Speaking about the album, guitarist Joey Cape said in an interview that "we always cover songs that one might consider to be guilty pleasures. 'Beautiful' clearly fits the bill. It is a great song but not necessarily something a fan of any of our bands would even consider." The title is a reference to Devo's album Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!.

The album continues the band's of marrying cover versions with elements of classic punk songs. For example, this album's version of "Speechless" borrows the intro to "Sonic Reducer" by Dead Boys, "On the radio" uses the intro to "Brickfield Nights" by The Boys, "Beautiful" uses the intro to "Superficial Love" by TSOL, and "Karma Chameleon" uses the intro to "Everybody's Happy Nowadays" by Buzzcocks.

There are very few acts in the world that featured as predominantly in the highlights of my social life during my teenage years as Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. So it’s with this nostalgia-tinged bias firmly etched in the pleasure seeking portion of my mind that I set about pressing play on MFAGG’s new album, the excellently titled Are We Not Men? We Are Diva!. A punk-rock tribute to 12 of the world’s most infamous divas’ signature tunes, Are We Not Men? We Are Diva! features MFAGG providing their own take on classic songs by the likes of Christina Aguilera, Whitney Houston, Gloria Gaynor and Cher (among others), and the results, I’m relieved to say, are nothing short of triumphant.

Indeed, from the moment the familiar intro of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” makes way for an explosive 2:27 of the classic ’90s skate-punk we have come to know and love from these guys, We Are Diva! proves to be an absolute riot of a time.

With Spike Slawson’s (Swinging Utters) infamous croon cutting cleanly through the frantically chugged power chords and face-melting solos of guitarists Joey Cape (Lagwagon) and Chris Shifflet (Foo Fighters, NUFAN), all set to the bombastic rhythms provided by Fat Mike (NOFX) and Dave Raun (Lagwagon) MFAGG have you at “at first I was afraid, I was petrified” and refuse to let you go until the dramatic final utterances of Barbara Streisand’s “The Way We Were.”

What happens in the 30 minutes provided here is anything but original and all the more enjoyable for it.

Personally, I couldn’t help but find myself dancing like the whitest boy alive while singing along at the top of my voice to MFAGG’s stellar renditions of Paula Abdul’s “Straight Up,” Lady Gaga’s “Speechless” and Culture Club’s “Karma Chameleon” and if you are a fan of MFAGG and their trademark shtick, you will no doubt find yourself doing the same.

While admittedly venturing into some rather well-worn territory with their song selections (how many times have we heard a punk act cover “Crazy For You” now, seriously) MFAGG manage to add enough of their own flavour to each track to keep the record flowing nicely.

Highlighted by the stupendously hyperactive cover of Christina Aguilera’s mega-anthem “Beautiful” (complete with Fat Mike’s unmistakable punk-rock snarl killing it on the backing vocals) and the bluegrass-tinged folk-punk of Celine Dion’s hilariously over-the-top “My Heart Will Go On” (Slawson, take a bow) We Are Diva! is a rambunctious return to form for MFAGG that proves that there is life left in this gimmick yet.

Undoubtedly the best sounding record of MFAGG’S career production wise, Are We Not Men? We Are Diva! does exactly what it promises on the cover and provides a damn fun time while doing it, and considering having fun is this act’s modus operandi, what more could or should you ask for?

Reviewed by Brenton Harris of

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Me First And The Gimme Gimmes / Are We Not Men? We Are Diva!

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Track Listing:

01. I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor)
02. Straight Up (Paula Abdul)
03. Believe (Cher)
04. Beautiful (Christina Aguilera)
05. My Heart Will Go On (Celine Dion)
06. I Will Always Love You (Whitney Houston)
07. Top Of The World (The Carpenters)
08. Speechless (Lady Gaga)
09. Karma Chameleon (Culture Club)
10. Crazy For You (Madonna)
11. On The Radio (Donna Summer)
12. The Way We Were (Barbra Streisand)

The Band:

Spike Slawson – vocals
Fat Mike – bass
Chris Shiflett – lead guitar
Joey Cape – rhythm guitar
Dave Raun – drums

Album Released: May 13, 2014

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Official DR value: DR7

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