Featured artists

(Alphabetical By Band or Artist)

Video collaborations

June 2020 - June 2021

The covers of ‘Unity’ by Operation Ivy and ‘Bro Hymn’ by Pennywise were both released as part of the 100 daily videos that were the beginning of ‘Mikey and his Uke’. Nonetheless, Mikey also considers them the first two major collaborations in the evolution of the series.  They represent the point where Michael Crusty and Steve Rizen joined the production team and where the ukulele intros were added. These changes marked a major shift in the kinds of collaborations that were created from that point onward.
MiKey’s goals for the project were to bring together great artists from different eras and styles of punk, surprise people with interesting song choices and unexpected ‘dream team’ combinations of performers, and showcase the camaraderie amongst musicians in ways that would bring a bit of light into the dark days of 2020/2021. 
I think he nailed it! 
Over time, I hope to highlight all the artists who appeared in the first year of these ‘epic’ collaborations, but for now, here are a few of my personal favourites.

anti-flag

Featured Artist 

Chris #2

Chris #2 (Chris Barker) has been providing bass and vocals for Anti-Flag since 1999. Their unique  brand of punk activism has been an inspiration to people all over the world (including Mikey’s brother Danny, who has their broken guns logo tattooed around his elbow). Needless to say, it’s been wonderful having Chris on the covers of Bro Hymn by Pennywise, Drain You by Nirvana, and most recently, Panic Song by Green Day.
In a 2020 interview with Cryptic Rock, Chris was asked about the political nature of Anti-Flag’s lyrics and the controversy they generate. He responded by saying 
“Honestly, it’s what our job is and what we’ve set out to do; we don’t know how to do anything else. There are people that are suffering on many greater levels than we’ve ever felt, and it’s our job to carry them with us, to have solidarity, and really work to put the environmental, social, racial and economic justice that we want to see happen at the forefront of all of our discussions—even if it is sometimes scary.”
In case you missed it, here’s Chris #2 on the series’ cover of Green Day’s Panic Song, along with White Wives’ Josh Massie and drummer extraordinaire, Kye Smith

chris #2

acoustic version

bring out yOur dead

bad cop/Bad cop

LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE GIRLS!

The Bad Cop/Bad Cop video ‘Simple Girl’ includes a number of artists who have guested on ‘Mikey and his Uke’, including band members Stacey Dee, Myra Gallarza, Linh Le and one of their featured guests, Talli Osborne.
Simple Girl is described by WallofSoundau.com as “such a great song with an awesome message for women all around the globe, held together with a pop punk riff that you can’t help but dance to.”
 From the album ‘The Ride’ put out by Fat Wreck Chord label in June 2020

Bad cop/bad cop

Stacey Dee

MIKEY AND HIS UKE COVER

beastie boys’

time for livin’

Bad cop/bad cop

MYRA GALLARZA

MIKEY AND HIS UKE COVER

THE OFFSPRING

ALL I WANT 

Bad cop/bad cop

lInh Le


MIKEY AND HIS UKE COVER

jimmy eat world

the middle

bad cop/bad cop 

‘simple girl’ video GUEST APPEARANCE

talli osborne

MIKEY AND HIS UKE COVERS

bro hymn chorus And

thE pogues

streams of whiskey 


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Chris ballew

Chris Ballew achieved tremendous success and recognition as lead singer for the Presidents of the United States, but his greatest motivation has always been, quite simply, to make people happy.
Since 2008, he’s been actively pursuing that goal by writing and performing children’s music under the name Caspar Babypants.   It’s a career he finds deeply rewarding, in part, because it allows him to “bring the whole family into the same room and have every age say, ‘I love this song!”
What a perfect fit for the spirit of these collaborations! Mikey was thrilled to have Chris bring his unique voice to the Nirvana classic, Sliver, also featuring Zander Schloss and Jake Kiley 

Caspar babypants

MIster Rabbit


FEATURED ARTIST

KARINA DENIKE

As of this writing, Karina Denike has appeared on two covers in the series (‘Radio, Radio’ and ‘Bonzo Goes to Bitburg’) with more in the works. Aside from her incredible voice and musicianship, Karina brings a unique playfulness to everything she does, and is a perfect fit for the spirit of these collaborations.  
Mikey was first introduced to Karina’s music during the ska revival of the late 90s when she was one of the lead vocalists for the Dance Hall Crashers, and then again when she began playing keyboards with NOFX. 
When he started looking for strong female voices to add to the series, Karina was one of the first people he contacted.
Radio, Radio is a favourite of mine, also featuring Dan Vapid, L’il Joe and Ray Jacildo.
It makes me smile every time I see it.

Dance Hall Crashers

He Wants Me Back

With Karina Denike







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Mike herrera

Best known as vocalist, bassist and songwriter for MxPx, Mike Herrera is also the frontman for Tumbledown and the bassist for Goldfinger.
It was an honour to have him join the cover of Black Flag’s Rise Above, also featuring Tim McIlrath, Lou Koller and Moby.
This has been one of the most popular collaborations in the series so far, for good reason!

Mike herrera 


On stage with

MIkey &  DaRRIN

the DOOKIES

One  of Mikey’s favourite memories of the 2015 Amnesia Rockfest in Montebello, Quebec, was being joined on stage by Mike Herrera for a performance of MxPx’s Responsibility.
What a special night!

Mike herrera

no cigar 

In this video, Mike covers the Swedish punk band Millencolin, with a special shout out to their years of friendship and his love for their music.

FEATURED ARTIST

J. Mascis

A Rolling Stone List of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of all time ranked J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. at #86, ahead of the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon and Bonnie Raitt.
What a pleasure to have him join in on the cover of The Replacements ‘Favourite Thing’, along with Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls and Chad Price of All/Drag the River.
Mikey has always loved the Replacements (and has the tattoos to prove it) so this was a really special one for him.

J. MASCIS


Dinosaur jr.

feel the pain


FEATURED ARTIST

Olga

Mikey was looking for the perfect song and the perfect singer for a Valentine’s Day release. He found both with ‘Ever Fallen In Love’  by the Buzzcocks, sung by Olga of the Toy Dolls. The whole performance is joyful, energetic and classic ‘Olga’.  He’s an ageless icon, admired as a songwriter, singer and gifted punk guitarist.  This is another of my personal favourites from the series, also featuring Jonny ‘2 Bags’ Wickersham and Doug Carrion.

OLGA

DIG THAT GROOVE BABY
ACOUSTIC VERSION

From the album Olgacoustic featuring acoustic versions of 15 classic Toy Dolls tunes 



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nikola sarcevic

Best known as the bassist, vocalist, and primary songwriter for the Swedish punk band Millencolin, Nikola Sarcevic has been a great friend to ‘Mikey and his Uke.’ His appearances in ‘Dope Sick Girl’ and ‘Bonzo Goes to Bitburg’ have been highlights of the First 30 videos in this phase of the series, and there are more in the works.
Nikola’s incredible vocals on ‘Bonzo’ have helped to make it the most popular collaboration so far. That particular video also includes stellar performances by Chris Cresswell (Flatliners), Noodles (The Offspring), Karina Denike (Dance Hall Crashers/NOFX), Jessie and Justin Bivona (The Interrupters) and Amy Gabba (Amy Gabba and the Almost Famous).  From start to finish, I love everything about it!



Nikola sarcevic

millencolin

‘True Brew’

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Walter schreifels

Mikey was thrilled to have legendary punk artist Walter Schreifels on the cover of The Jam’s ‘In the City’.  Walter began his career at CBGBs in the late 80s and has been an influential figure in the hardcore/punk scene ever since. 

For myself, I thought the little ‘Walter Easter Egg’ that Michael Crusty added to the end of the video was a perfect wrap on a perfect collaboration.

Walter schreifels 

Walter Schreifels discusses his evolution as a musician, his work with Quicksand, Rival Schools and Gorilla Biscuit, and how the hardcore/punk scene shaped his career. 

REMEMBERING

KIM SHATTUCK

This is a memory Mikey shared with Patreon supporters when ‘Mikey and his Uke’ covered the Muffs back in the winter of 2021.

By Mikey Hawdon
Guest Contributor

On March 28, 2015, my band the Fairmounts were lucky enough to open for The Muffs at the Horseshoe Tavern, here in Toronto Ontario.
At the time, The Muffs weren't playing very often, and they hadn't played Toronto in a long time. It was a huge thrill for me and my band to get to share the stage with them at this sold out show.
We showed up early for soundcheck. The Muffs arrived shortly after and began to set up their gear. I watched in awe as they played 4 or 5 songs for their soundcheck in that empty venue. The way they sounded, and the way Kim screamed her vocals, you would never have known there were only 4 or 5 of us watching at the time. It was incredible, and such a privilege to get to share that with my bandmates. It was like a private Muffs concert just for us.
After they were done, I introduced myself to Kim and made some small talk. I think we chatted about where the bands would be setting up our merch, and I of course told her what a huge fan I am. She really couldn't have been nicer. We got a picture together, and I asked her and the band to sign a Muffs LP that I had brought with me. I've been a huge fan of hers since the first time I heard her voice when she did a guest vocal on the song ‘Lori Myers’ on NOFX's Punk In Drublic. Once I found out she fronted a band called The Muffs, I went all in. 
Kim Shattuck unfortunately passed away 4 years later from complications of ALS at age 56.If she were still around, Kim would have been the first person I reached out to in hopes of collaborating on a song together. To this day, no one has a scream like hers!
RIP Kim.

- Mikey

MIKEY AND HIS UKE COVER

Big mouth

By the muffs

With Heather Tabor, Dan Vapid, Mass Giorgini, Dan Wleklinski and Dan Panic

ThE muffs

lucky guy 

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DavE smalley 

Dave is one of Mikey’s favourite singers. His work with Dag Nasty, All, DYS and Down by Law has made him a truly legendary figure in the punk scene.
Aside from his stunning vocal skills, Dave has a reputation as being an exceptionally genuine person and an all round good guy, which was certainly Mikey’s experience in collaborating with him.
Dave identifies the Clash and the Jam as his two all-time favourite bands, and that love of the Jam definitely shines through in his incredible performance of ‘In the City’ also featuring Davey Warsop, Walter Schreifels and Danny Thompson.


Dave smalley 

Discusses favourite bands and musical influences 

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 kye smith 

Kye Smith is a world class drummer based in Newcastle, Australia, who has a huge YouTube following. He creates covers, medleys and chronologies with a particular focus on the punk bands he grew up with, and still loves.
Mikey knew Kye was a fan of Rancid so he reached out to him for the cover of  ‘Dope Sick Girl’ and was thrilled when Kye  agreed.
This is one of my favourites in the series so far!

Kye smith

green day CHRONOLOGY 



FeAtured artist

adrian young 

 As the drummer for No Doubt,  Adrian Young became famous for his fast tempo percussions, his distinctive stage presence and his exuberant personality.
In describing the single ‘Sunday Morning’ from No Doubt’s 1995 Tragic Kingdom album, Rolling Stone magazine said,“From the moment Adrian Young's opening drum solo builds up, the song grows more and more massive and searing.”  

It’s such  a pleasure to see Adrian on the cover of Bad Reputation! 

His performance is a perfect complement to the talents of Josie Cotton, Klaus Flouride, Noodles, Kevin Preston and Amy Gabba, and a joy to watch.


adrian young

Live at Superbowl with no Doubt and sting