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Are We Not Men We Are Diva!

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Recorded  2013 – 14
Release date  13 May 2014
Genre  Punk rock
Length  34:11
Label  Fat Wreck Chords
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Released  May 13, 2014 (2014-05-13)
Studio  Studio 606 West (Northridge, Los Angeles, California)
Artist  Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
Similar  Me First and the Gimme Gimmes albums, Punk rock albums

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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. It was released on May 13, 2014 on Fat Wreck Chords.

Contents

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, they 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 tradition 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, "Straight Up" lifts the intro from "Evil" by 45 Grave, and "Karma Chameleon" uses the intro to "Everybody's Happy Nowadays" by Buzzcocks.

Me first and the gimme gimmes i will survive


Critical reception

At Alternative Press, Brendan Manley rated the album four out of five stars, remarking how the band "achieves bona fide diva-dom, estrogen aside."

Band

  • Spike Slawson - vocals
  • Chris Shiflett (a.k.a. Jake Jackson) - lead guitar
  • Joey Cape - rhythm guitar
  • Fat Mike - bass
  • Dave Raun - drums
  • Additional musicians

  • Samon Rajabnik - keyboards
  • Jamin Barton - sax
  • Joe Raposo - upright bass
  • Darius Koski - accordion
  • Eric Melvin - backing vocals
  • Paddy Skinner - backing vocals
  • Songs

    1I Will Survive2:27
    2Straight Up2:59
    3Believe3:08

    References

    Are We Not Men? We Are Diva! Wikipedia


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