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- Ruin Jonny’s Bar Mitzvah (Fat Wreck) Made up of members of other bands (Swingin’ Utters, NOFX, Foo Fighters, Lagwagon), Me First has carved a pretty cool niche of turning older mainsteam hits into punk rock nuttiness, but of course they take it a step further with this release. Always looking for a new twist, Me First has taken their signature brand of lunacy live…at a Bar Mitzvah. Not only will you find yourself enjoying your parents’ favorite songs transformed (or as one of my older coworkers called it; “great example of music molestation”), you’ll definitely chuckle a bunch at the cheesy live band banter carried out by the boys in the blue tuxes. Covering tunes such as Stairway to Heaven (thankfully a way condensed version), Blondie’s Heart of Glass,  Billy Joel’s Longest Time, Delta Dawn (Helen Reddy-my mom use to have this album), and-god- Styx’s Come Sail Away, you just might say to yourself, “Wow, like I never knew these songs could be so nipper cool, man,” unless of course, you like the original versions. You know, I remember when I was in high school and my friend installed an insanely loud stereo system in his car and one night he was “cranking” Led Zep’s Stairway to Heaven. I sat there thinking to myself “This is fucking stupid and I hate this song.” Well, sho’ enough, I no longer hate the song. Now I only hate Zepplin’s version… but enough about me. Along with the pop covers, Me First cleverly adds their style to the traditional O Sole Mio, Auld Lang Syne, and Hava Nagila. If you have a computer, insert the cd into your cd-rom drive and watch the amusingly awkward video of Jonny’s Bar Mitzvah! I don’t own any of Me First’s past cds (I gave them to Mighty Ben to review), but I shall be gittin’ them soon.  Very cool CD. – Denis Sheehan

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