Posted in music on May 5, 2014

by Andrew Sacher

Me First

There's nothing quite like punk covers of pop songs, and considering the Punk Goes Pop series has pretty much evolved (or devolved?) into "pop covers of pop songs," it's a good thing that punk covers supergroup Me First and the Gimme Gimmes (Fat Mike of NOFX, Chris of Foo Fighters/No Use For a Name, Joey Cape/Dave of Lagwagon, Spike of Uke-Hunt/Swingin' Utters) are still kicking and doing it like they were in the '90s. Their newest album, with the Devo-referencing title of Are We Not Men? We Are Diva!, comes out on May 13 via Fat Mike's Fat Wreck Chords (pre-order) and takes on diva anthems like "I Will Survive," "My Heart Will Go On," Cher's "Believe" and more.

The album's first single was a cover of Paula Abdul's "Straight Up" and its newest single is a cover of Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful," which makes its premiere in this post. Here's what Joey Cape had to say about the cover:

Me First and The Gimme Gimmes always choose the music we cover by a sort of democratic process. Once we know the theme we plan to honor, in this case, Divas, we all submit songs that can translate from a cheesy or over-produced state to Punk Rock and maintain their depth and great melody. 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. Definitely one of my favorites on "Are We Not Men, We Are Diva". I'm just glad we have a singer that can pull these songs off. A lot of the female artist we covered on "Divas" are incredible vocalist'. Spike is too. He sings the songs so well, impressing musicians and punk fans alike. It's awesome to hear the contrast between our Pittsburgh native singer, his bravado and these previously recorded sweet and sometimes fragile melodies.
You can listen to both singles, with the album tracklist, below...

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Me First and the Gimme Gimmes - "Beautiful" (Christina Aguilera)

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes - "Straight Up" (Paula Abdul)

Are We Not Men? We Are Diva! Tracklist:
1. I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor)
2. Straight Up (Paula Abdul)
3. Believe (Cher)
4. Beautiful (Christina Aguilera)
5. My Heart Will Go On (Celine Dion)
6. I Will Always Love You (Dolly Parton)
7. Top of the World (The Carpenters)
8. Speechless (Lady Gaga)
9. Karma Chameleon (Culture Club)
10. Crazy for You (Madonna)
11. On the Radio (Donna Summer)
12. The Way We Were (Barbra Streisand)

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Comments (28)

Shout out to the writer of this article for having terrible taste!!!

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2014 10:03 AM

Why did they feel the need to make a homophobic joke by covering Culture Club on this? These dudes are all in their 40s and still I acting like teenage douchebags.

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2014 10:13 AM

maybe divas don't have gender so covering culture club is actually anti-homophobic

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2014 10:16 AM

TOTAL GAME CHANGER!

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2014 10:23 AM

I've actively gone out of my way to avoid songs that aren't Me First covers since hearing about this

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2014 10:46 AM

They're still doing this?

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2014 11:22 AM

Can't wait for this album!

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2014 11:32 AM

Great music from a great lineup, it's punk rawk you don't like it don't listen no sense in being a bunch of keyboard warriors, this is what Gimmes do!

Posted by Mike Ness | May 5, 2014 11:34 AM

If this music still bothers some people, it means that punk rock still alive ;)

Oh btw I loved the "keyboard warriors" thing.

Posted by Steven Salas | May 5, 2014 11:54 AM

What the fuck is wrong you commenters? Who cares what they are doing. you jealous mother fuckers.

Posted by TheSaint | May 5, 2014 12:16 PM

Good joke about the homophobic thing... As if gays where excluded now from all kind of jokes... relax... they got no special status. they're just like everyone else and people can make jokes about everyone. I hate when people want to tell other's what to say or think.

And I think they choosed the song because it's famous and well written.

Posted by JimmyJohnson | May 5, 2014 1:05 PM

Punk Goes Pop… should be called Shit Gets Worse

Posted by feistypunker | May 5, 2014 2:22 PM

You are all stupid. They are having fun playing music. If you don't like it then put on your favorite Kenny g record and shut up

Posted by Dean | May 5, 2014 3:43 PM

Got to say ,this is my favorite band yeah

Posted by Alex | May 5, 2014 4:33 PM

this good. haters gone hate

Posted by joeyjoejoe | May 5, 2014 6:31 PM

I love the intro of "Superficial Love" of TSOL, awesome!

Posted by Leandro Araujo | May 5, 2014 7:36 PM

i just saw boy george live last week in san francisco and he was proud to be referred to as a diva. the gimmes are so not homophobic.

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2014 9:27 PM

Brooklyn vegan were one guy in the comments thinks every thing is homophobic. I'm sure its the same guy who thought the descendents are homophobic too . Straight bashers its sad really

Posted by Daniel | May 5, 2014 10:46 PM

can't do anything without pissing someone off.....luckily all these guys made it big in bands that centered on not giving a fuck what people think......and then made a cover band to prove that they really dont give a fuck about what people think. it's punk...don't read into it any deeper than "fuck you"...that's really all there is to it.

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2014 2:45 AM

Oh, trust me. "Fuck You" is all that comes to mind when listening to this.

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2014 6:23 AM

Those of you that can't appreciate the brilliance of what MFATGG are bringing to the table can eat a di@k, listen to Justin Beiber, or do both at the same time. (Don't worry your not gay if you do both and it's ok if you are gay)
The best thing about punk is that if you like it, great...and if you don't, even better. But no matter what, if you can't see the amazing talent these guys have as musicians, then you're an idiot. They are KILLING It on this album!! and it's great to see them enjoy making it as if they were still in their 20s cuz no matter what, punk will never die...and it's cuz of dudes like them

Posted by SoCal Junk Punky | May 6, 2014 9:06 AM

"BRILLIANCE" he says.

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2014 9:09 AM

I also said, "eat a dick"

Posted by SoCal Junk Punky | May 6, 2014 9:26 AM

You guys sound like PHISH fans when you defend this band.

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2014 9:32 AM

No, you are not men, you are assholes.

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2014 10:02 AM

Too many scumbag haters commenting on here !!
If you don't like it why comment ?
Another wonderfully crafted gift to MF+TGG fans, thanx guys, see you soon on tour.

Posted by john brearley | May 7, 2014 7:47 AM

DOOT DOOLA DOOT DOOT...

Posted by Kevlar | May 7, 2014 3:47 PM

The guy in the middle is squatting down like he's taking a dump in the woods.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 2:29 PM

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