Friday, December 11, 2009

Hanukkah in Santa Monica

Hanukkah (however the hell you spell it) begins tonight. What better way to celebrate than with a traditional Hanukkah song? Here's HANUKKAH IN SANTA MONICA by the brilliant Tom Lehrer.


The Milner Coupe said...

Jewish people are funny.

Happy Hanukkah.

J S Swanson said...

Mazel Tov!

And OY GEVALT!!!!!

gottacook said...

Where did this come from!? I thought I knew all of Lehrer... My parents saw him once in concert (around 1960?) and owned all three of the original albums (with the live, versus studio, version of the second one), and some years later I heard the orchestrated version of "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park" on the Doctor Demento show, and of course I'm familiar with his early-1970s Electric Company songs such as "Silent E" - but I have never heard this tune before.

Another funny tune concerning Jewish holidays is "Matzah Number Five" by "Louis Bagel," which is one of the rare parody recordings that's superior in every way to the track on which it's based.

Barefoot Billy Aloha said...

He's the Lewis Black of the '60's

blogward said...

Roses are reddish, violets are blueish.
If it wasn't for Jesus, we'd ALL be Jewish.

Paul Duca said...

Gottacook...there's another batch of Lehrer songs around. However, you have to go through someone who specializes in automotive memorabilia. It seems Chrysler Corporation hired Tom to write and perform songs for a dealer sales film introducing the 1967 Dodge line. I'm see it offered by someone who sells car-related audio/video.

Michael said...

I believe that Lehrer wrote this at the request of Garrison Keillor. He also wrote for "The Electric Company," and a couple of those songs are on one of his collections.

Tom Lehrer ranks with Russell Baker, in my opinion, as the two greatest commentators on our culture in the last half of the 20th century.

Get Info Here said...

Hanukkah? not Chanukkah?

dves said...

why did you say so that Jewish are funny? people have sense of humor are really funny they are. not only Jewish. and some of them are not.

Tom Quigley said...

My 10th grade English teacher Mrs. Ruderman(who also happened to be Jewish) used to play Tom Lehrer records for our class whenever things got slow and she didn't have any other lessons planned. My appreciation for Tom Lehrer and his satire grew out of those listening experiences.

Ken: Happy Hannukah! -- And Mrs. Ruderman, wherever you are, I still love you!


te said...

For years -- long before Tom Lehrer wrote his song -- Mickey Katz (Jennifer Grey's grandfather) toplined an annual revue by that name; I believe at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.

wv: "ishlyses" -- impenetrable novel by Irish author James Joystein.

Mike Barer said...

That is so funny, I'm going to put it on my blog.
Thanks Ken

Lane said...

the line "Spend Shavuous in East St Louis" may be the best lyric in music history

thanks for sharing this, it made my day (actually 8 days)

Baylink said...

This track *is*, in fact, on the Remains box set; disc 3, track 25; it's listed, with 2 others, as being part of the "Rob Fisher sessions, 1999" and previously unreleased.

If you are a Lehrer fan, you shouldn't have any trouble finding remains at this late date, and if you don't already have it, well, then, maybe you're not really a Lehrer fan? :-)

wv, amusingly: Lachters

Lehrer's real name, before it was Americanized?

Unknown said...

"Once the rockets go up who cares where they come down
That's not my department
Says Werner von Braun"

The other great song by Tom Lehrer :-)

Unknown said...

Yikes... back in 2003 I bought "The Remains of Tom Lehrer" box set on just because of that Werner von Braun song. Because of this post I took it off the shelf and, out of curiosity, looked it up again. It's out of print and tripled in value (used) and quintupled factory sealed.

I never listened to those three CDs that have been standing on the shelf for all these years.

I guess I'll be listening to some real vintage songs the next couple of hours :-)