Episode 263: Spike Slawson

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The frontman for Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Spike Slawson came by Going Off Track to discuss how he want to being an intern at Fat Wreck Chords to starting a band with Fat Mike. Along the way we also talk about the time that the Eagles wouldn’t let the band cover their song, why Don Henley hates weed and the time that Paris Hilton was in a music video for their cover of R Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly.” We also discuss the way San Francisco has changed over the years, the time Spike spent playing in The Swingin’ Utters and the long history of songwriters writing for other artists. “I look at it as if you have to light a fire onstage you can use your own material or not as long as you’re doing it, Spike explains. “People write great music that they could never perform to save their lives all the time because there’s a different art to it.” If you wanted to learn about the origins and ideology of punk rock’s best cover band, this is the podcast for you.

Me First And The Gimme Gimmes