There’s always been an abundance of alternative Christmas music out there — The Kinks, Pretenders, a million more — but not much for me and my fellow Jewish friends to enjoy. So thank Moses for The LeeVees. If, after listening to this, they sound familiar, that’s because The LeeVees are the silly, fun, alter-egos of the semi-famous pop band Guster.
In 2005, The LeeVees released Hanukkah Rocks!, 10 catchy original tunes all about Hanukkah, and it’s been a staple at my house ever since. Sounding like a cross between They Might Be Giants and Fountains of Wayne (really, that might describe Guster as well), each of the ten songs could fit as a favorite, depending on my mood.
I could choose the sweet and catchy “Latke Clan,” the goofy, casio-heavy track “Goyim Friends,” or perhaps the 5-minute spelling lesson “How Do You Spell Channukkahh?”
But the one that always gets me pumped up this time of year, and clocks in at a tight two minutes, is the Ramones-inspired ode to chocolate money, “Gelt Melts.”
Just because it looks like funny money/In your pocket it’s chocolate runny/ Everyone knows chicks like chocolate/fires ’em up like a bottle rocket
Enjoy and Chag Sameach!
(Song recommendation by Steve Goldberg)