Forget what you know about Black Flag, the California hard-core band that Henry Rollins once fronted. "Gimme Gimme Gimme: Reinterpreting Black Flag" pays tribute to the group with an homage that's decidedly more country-surf than punk rock.
The six-song EP, which drops Tuesday, brings together Black Flag members (sorry, no Greg Ginn or Rollins here), the Chapin Sisters (!), Blondie's Jimmy Destri, Mike Watt and others. "The goal of 'Gimme Gimme Gimme' was to create completely new interpretations of classic Black Flag songs while preserving the integrity of the original songs," producer Evan Taylor said in a statement.
Uh, yeah. You've never heard "Gimme Gimme Gimme" or "Nervous Breakdown" until you've heard Black Flag's Kira Roessler backed by the harmonious Chapins.
If that sounds odd, wait. The Plimsouls' Peter Case and Keith Morris, who left the Flag to form the Circle Jerks, tackle the only non-BF song of the set with Jimmie Rodgers' "In the Jailhouse Now." That's not criminal, it's just rock and roll, albeit softer than punk fans are used to.