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20 Years of the Irish Singles Chart

Linda Coogan Byrne and her team over at WhyNotHer have put together a startling report on the state of the Irish Singles Chart over the last 20 years and how it practically ignored Women and BIPOC.  It's an incredible piece of work, one that, had all things been fair and equal, should never have had to be complied. Unfortunately, like most things, the Irish Music Industry isn't a fair and equal place... Anyway, don't take my word for it, click here to read the report.

2019-06-30 Me First and the Gimme Gimmes - O2 Forum Kentish Town

Back in 1997, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes released their debut album 'Have a Ball'.  The album is made up of covers from the 60s and 70s, with one exception, Uptown Girl by Billy Joel.

One of the lads in the office brought it in one day and, I'll be honest, I fell in love with it straight away.

Since then, they've released another 8 albums.


If you're not familiar with 'the Gimmes', they are a punk group made up of members from other punk groups.  The lineup changes depending on the weather, but at the front of it all, is Spike Slawson.

Anyway, I've been waiting since then to see them live.  For one reason or another, it just never happened, until last weekend that is!

I headed off to the O2 Forum in Kentish Town on Sunday anticipating a glorious evening and I was not wrong!

There's something magical about mohawk wielding (the hair, not the hatchet!), tattoo covered punk rockers jump around to Cher! It's a little surreal, but a lot of fun.

The songs came thick and fast, so fast that I've no idea of a setlist.  What I do know is that they were all covers!

The lineup on the night (as I said, it does change) was:

  • Spike Slawson (of Swingin' Utters and Re-Volts) – lead vocals
  • Dave Raun (of Lagwagon) – drums
  • CJ Ramone (of the Ramones) - Bass
  • Stacey Dee (of Bad Cop/Bad Cop) - Guitar
  • Lindsay McDougall (of Frenzal Rhomb) - Guitar

It's not the classic Gimmes lineup, there was no Fat Mike (of NOFX) for example, but look, it was a brilliant live show and that's all you can ask for. I just hope it's not another 22 years before I see them again!

Check out the photos below:









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