Shlock Rock

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Shlock Rock
ShlockRockLogo.jpg
Background information
Origin United States
Genres Jewish music
Rock
Pop
Years active 1985–present
Associated acts Etan G
Website www.shlockrock.com
Members Lenny Solomon
Assorted "Shlockers"

Shlock Rock is an independent Jewish rock band, put together in December 1985, and officially founded in 1986, and led by, singer Lenny Solomon,[1] which parodies popular secular songs, substituting new, religious-themed lyrics for the music. To date they have released 32 albums. Shlock Rock continues to record albums and perform live as of 2014, and to date has sold more than 200,000 CD’s, tapes and DVDs in the contemporary Jewish Rock arena. Their music is a mix of pop-rock song parodies and original rock songs in English and Hebrew. The purpose of the band is to spread Jewish pride, identity and awareness throughout the Jewish community, for Jewish continuity. Solomon and Shlock Rock tour around the world, playing at concerts, schools, and Jewish events.

History[edit]

According to Solomon, in December 1985, Lenny and the band "rented the 39th Street Music studio in New York for two weeks from midnight to 8:00am as it was the only time slot they could afford."[2] Their first album "Schlock Rock" - (Note: With a C)[citation needed] titled "Learning is Good" was released in January 1986.[3]

The original Shlock Rock band consisted of Lenny Solomon (keyboards, vocals), Yonah (guitar), Gary Wallin (drums), Mark Skier (bass), Mark Infield (saxophone, keyboards, percussion), and Danny Block (saxophone, violin).[1] It has since gone on to include the "Jewish Rapper" Etan G, as well as bassist Ben Williams. On tour, the band uses local musicians, except for Solomon and Etan G.[3]

In March 2009, Shlock Rock released their 31st album “No Limits” online. It was offered in a pay-what-you-want format at a minimum download price of $1 for the twelve-song album. Customers who paid the retail price ($15), or more, also received the CD upon its release on December 2009. The album was recorded in Haworth, New Jersey. "I wrote twelve songs in four days from my house in Israel," Solomon stated, "I love these songs and want everyone to have them." The offer ran until March 28 (Passover of that year).[4] The band released its official video for "Another Door Opens" from the album in July.[5]

In 2011, the band released Shabbat in Liverpool, "adapting Shabbat services to the tunes of Lennon and McCartney."[6]

Musical style and hit songs[edit]

Shlock Rock parodies popular secular songs, substituting new, Jewish religious-themed lyrics for the originals, and is "best known for songs that educate and entertain through parody."[7][8]

Hit songs include "We Have a Strong Desire" (sung to the tune of Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire"),[7][9] "Abarbanel" (sung to the tune of The Beach Boys' "Barbara Ann"), "Achashverosh" (sung to the tune of Falco's "Rock Me Amadeus"" (the Salieri Club Mix), and "My Bekeshe Needs Cleaning" (sung to the tune of The Mamas & the Papas' "California Dreamin'").

Other songs by Shlock Rock include:

(The following songs are from the Showtune-based album "Almost on Broadway")

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "About us". ShlockRock.com. 
  2. ^ "About Us (1999)". Shlock Rock. Archived from the original on 1999-10-08. 
  3. ^ a b Goldberg, Jennifer (February 11, 2004). "That old time shlock 'n' roll". Jewish News of Greater Phoenix 56 (21). 
  4. ^ News. shlockrock.com.
  5. ^ "Shlock Rock No Limits – Another Door Opens – Official Video". JewishInsights.com. July 11, 2011. 
  6. ^ Harkov, Lahav (January 13, 2011). "The Weekly Schmooze: Sing out, Streisand!". Jerusalem Post. 
  7. ^ a b Singer, David (2001). American Jewish Year Book: 2001. American Jewish Committee. p. 113. ISBN 978-0-87495-116-5. "'I've Got a Strong Desire'...recounts all of Jewish history in 42 lines..." 
  8. ^ Ettinger, Steven (2003). Torah 24/7: a timely guide for the modern spirit. Devora Publishing. ISBN 978-1-930143-73-9. "...describing 4000 years of Jewish history" 
  9. ^ Fine, Arlene (November 29, 2002). "Shlock Rock rolls into Cleveland". Cleveland Jewish News. "Anyone familiar with Billy Joel's popular song 'We Didn't Start the Fire' will appreciate Shlock Rock's parody of the tune, 'We've Got A Strong Desire'" 

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