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Since 1995, San Francisco based cover band and supergroup Me First and The Gimme Gimmes have made a career out of crafting fun, creative takes on classic tunes. From “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to Cher’s 1999 megahit “Believe,” nothing is off limits to the Spike Slawson fronted band and where so many other bands try to be edgy or original with other people’s songs, Me First and The Gimme Gimmes have only ever been themselves – talented, a little silly at times, but always true to their rock and roll roots.
One of our favorite musical moments came in 2006 when Me First and The Gimme Gimmes released Love Their Country – a 12-song romp through their favorite country and country rock classics, delving into the Eagles’ catalog for a cover of “Desperado”; gone are the sweeping guitars, soaring strings and twinkling piano, exchanged for power chords and powerful drums to bring a brand new appreciation for the classics to a new generation of rock and roll fans.
Fun Fact: Although it was never released as a single, “Desperado” is one of the Eagles’ best known songs and ranked No. 494 on Rolling Stone‘s 2004 list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.
Is it the emotionally charged version you’re used to? Not by a long shot – but it’s got an element of joy to it that the original doesn’t, giving listeners a healthy appreciation for the emotional labor that goes into crafting a masterpiece like “Desperado”. Check it out in the audio below!