Liner notes

Have a Ball


To my knowledge there has never been a recording as unique or as unusual as this one. For the novice or seasoned music fan, for the person who enjoys light, entertaining music of the "party" style, this recording is quite a treat... one that leaves you satisfied and at the same time still craving more.
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes offer that rare priceless quality of simplicity with wholesome presentation. Much in the same way that Pat Boone revolutionized popular songs like "Tutti Frutti" back in his day, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes revolutionize the hits of today. Their great and still growing popularity is a testament to their remarkable talent.
The selections on this records are from the Me First and the Gimme Gimmes' all time favorites. The inimitable styling of Me First and the Gimme Gimmes has given these songs a new brightness and a renewed vibrancy, unmatched in the popular music scene today
The band boats a personnel of talents as unique as their sound:

Spike, known by close friends as "Spike", exudes the very esssence of talent from every pore. Despite being born without lips, he managed to turn a possible liability into one goldmine of an asset. Spike began performing at an early age, crooning "Send In The Clowns" between acts for Circus Vargas. He eventually earned enough money for a lip graft and the rest, as they say, is history.
Now as the "ringmaster" of Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Spike is always the main attraction when he takes center stage. After all, "Vargas" is only two letters away from "Vegas"... and Vegas means showmanship. Spike has showmanship in his blood tenfold! Comparisons to Elvis, Sinatra, and Manilow have been made, but make no mistake, Spike is in a class by himself. The soothing sounds of his golden voice flow from his bleached-blonde Adonis like cool water bubbling from a mountain spring.

Being the grandson of Billy Barty, entertainment is second nature to him. With the heritage of such a predominantly short family, his parents thought he resembled a baby kangaroo at birth, hence he was given the moniker Joey. But the apple certainly did not fall far from the tree in this showbiz family ...for such a little guy, he certainly does not come up "short" on talent.
Cleverly crafted guitar work is Joey's speciality and he serves up a heaping helpful on every track. In casual conversation, Joey is reserved, modest, and amicable, yet on stage, he transforms into a one man, musical monsoon. His penchant for outlandish stage makeup, billowy, renaissance-themed costumes and his uncanny ability to simulateously play guitar and knee cymbols makes him a "pop" music enigma.

The drummer is ordinarily the person who serves as a whipping boy for any given band. Me First and the Gimme Gimmes is no exception. Dave is the standout talent of the Gimme Gimmes, having trained intensively for 8 years with Bun E. Carlos. He holds several honers and awards from drumming contests, including consecutive trophies from the highly esteemed national drum competition, The Great Beat Off. And yet despite being the most talented, least egotistical, and friendliest member of the outfit, he is still the least respected.
Dave is so underappreciated that none of the other Gimme Gimmes have ever bothered to find out what his last name is. In fact, Dave is so often excluded from association with the Gimme Gimmes that recently the press, mistaking Dave for a wayward roadie, jokingly dubbed him "The Fifth Gimme Gimme" not realizing that the band was not a four piece but a five piece and that Dave actually was The Fifth Gimme Gimme! This lends credence to the age old joke: Q- "What do you call someone who always hangs out with the band?" A- "The drummer".

He plays bass

As the Gimme Gimme responsible for searing lead guitar work, he is not only talented, but cute, and best of all, single! Jackson, as he likes the ladies to call him, is the Casanova of punk rock. In fact, he's such a swinger that a special wing of the San Francisco Free Clinic was named after him. It's no suprise that this former model for "Playgirl" and "Honcho" is the player that the women scream for (and I do mean "player").
However, it's obvious by listening to this album that Jackson's talent can be measured by more than just mere inches. His fretboard wizardry conjures the mastery of classic guitar gods with a style that emphasizes subtle power and flawless techniques. He was born to perform on the stage- literally! His mother gave birth to Jackson on stage while working as a go-go dancer for The Peanut Butter Conspiracy. Is it any wonder that he plays in front of adoring fans, Jackson finds his popularity is, if you will, spreading?

As you can plainly see, the combined impact of these musical monoliths on the "pop" charts is guaranteed to send rimples... no make that a tidal wave... through the music industry.
This album is the best elixer to quench your addictive thirst for fine music. Trust me, dear friends, it's worth the liver damage!

Christopher M. Dodge
Professor of Music Culture, M.D.

P.S. Oh yeah, the bowling tip thing... uh... okay don't throw your ball in the gutter and, um, be sure to have someone keep score and... y'know, actually bowling's not that cool anymore --- maybe you should just try golfing instead...