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Hanukkah Rocks

The LeeveesAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B000BH4YJA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,853 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Latuke Clan
2. Applesauce Vs. Sourcream
3. Goyim Friends
4. At The Timeshare
5. How Do You Spell Channukkahh?
6. Kugel
7. Jewish Girls (At The Matzoh Ball)
8. Gelt Melts
9. Nun Gimmel Heh Shin
10. Untitled
11. Untitled

Editorial Reviews


Picking up where Adam Sandler left off, Adam Gardner, Dave Schneider (The LeeVees) and friends turn in an entire batch of Hanukah novelty tunes that are simultaneously hummable, at times funny and clever and played with a kind of informed garage rock spirit and oddball sensibility that will appeal to fans of They Might Be Giants and NRBQ. They sing as much about the cultural underpinnings of the season as they do about the meaning of the menorah, musing about how the hell you spell "Channnnukah" (sic), "Kugel," and "Applesauce vs. Sour Cream" (on those delicious potato cakes). Clearly--like everyone else, Jew or Gentile--they live to eat at this festive time. The fun keeps rolling as they get Adam's mom involved on the tune about the timeshare in Florida, and rhyme Madonna with Kabala, pondering how the former got into the latter, then take us to the Matzah Ball in "Jewish Girls," a Jewish singles party with "girls all shapes and sizes." Oy, and yes it does, it rocks too! -- Martin Keller

Product Description

One day last spring while on tour with his band Guster, Adam Gardner was hanging out on the bus with friend Dave Schneider of the other band on the bill, The Zambonis. They were discussing being Jewish when Adam asked Dave if he wanted to make an album of original songs about Hanukkah-not traditional or comedic but light-hearted, spirited, rockin' songs. At first Dave thought he was joking, but Adam said, "Dude, I'm serious." The two picked up guitars and TheLeeVEes were born. Eight days later the album Hanukkah Rocks was completely written. Call it kismet, call it b'sheret, but most important, call it the miracle of Hanukkah.

Customer Reviews

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally something written in the last 25 years November 7, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Believe it or not it is a Hanukkah album and not one accordian can be heard on this CD. Finally, my Hanukkah music, not my great grandparents music from the old Country. The LeeVees are two guys who were recently touring with their bands and kept talking about the lack of Hanukkah music they could relate to and the the feelings of disinfrancisment during the holiday season.

They came up with this great record. Music about being Jewish, happy, and celebratory all to some great pop/rock hooks. I put this in the car and my two boys (10 & 8) had the heads bobbing and air guitar going.

All I can say is way to go LeeVee's and keep making records.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It DOES rock! February 1, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I bought this for my Christmas-carol-weary daughters (ages 10 and 12) and they LOVE it. They downloaded it into their i-pods and listen to all the tunes even long after the holiday. The lyrics are funny for anyone,the attitude and tunes are sophisticated, and it really gives a sense of belonging to Jewish kids for whom the Christmas season can be alienating. I highly recommend this album to Jewish kids and parents.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome. October 31, 2005
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Catchy hooks, incredible arrangements, tasteful production and hilariously clever lyrics will keep this disc in your CD player all holiday season. Whether you be Jew, Gentile, or a tasty mix of both, you will enjoy many a good listen to this excellent project. A perfect grab-bag gift/stocking stuffer.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spelled with a silent J? December 16, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Tight, solid riffs. Subversive and hilarious lyrics on par (no, better!) than the best of Barenaked Ladies or They Might Be Giants. And, of course, terrific tongue-in-cheek Jewish humor, just in time for most bittersweet time of the year for the Diasporized.

Please, don't buy this album if you are content to sing "I Have a Little Dreidel" all December. It'll be wasted on you--buy it for your hip nephew instead.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An instant classic! November 1, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Finally, the Hanukkah - or is it Channukah? - album the festival of light truly deserves. The songs are instant classics and immensely catchy and will appeal to all ages. I've been listening to this album for a few weeks already and Hanukkah is still over a month away. Some of the songs, like "Kugel," stand on their own and don't require a calendar that says December for maximum enjoyment. No more "I Had a Little Dreidel" for me; from now on it's all about the LeeVees!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly good! November 4, 2005
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Wow, this is so good! The songs are really well written and the production is fantastic... both way more so than you might expect for a "holiday" album. Makes a great gift and I promise you will love many (if not all) of these songs!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album is Chot! December 23, 2008
Format:MP3 Music
I would say these guys sound like the Jewish version of They Might Be Giants, but I think those guys are Jewish too. Maybe they're like the Jewish Barenaked Ladies. But, wait, aren't they Jewish too? Anyway, the Leevees are a great band in their own right. Their lyrics are clever and funny, but probably only to Jewish people because when I played it for my non-Jewish friends they didn't know what kugel was so how could they laugh at a song about kugel? They did love the song about spelling Hanukkah though, because that is a problem that has befuddled Jews and non-Jews alike for centuries. Anyway, I too am so relieved to find a hip, cool band that sings about Jewish stuff in a way that isn't sad or klezmery or cantor-like. I hope they write a song some day about haroset. Which can also be spelled charoset.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just how do you spell Hanukkah? December 14, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Just how do you spell Hanukkah? And is it apple sauce or sour cream for your latkes? These are the question posed by The LeeVees in their holiday album: Hanukkah Rocks. Adam Gardner and Dave Schneider combine for this fun, contemporary, and entertaining album of new Hanukkah songs. Released in October 2005, Hanukkah Rocks seeks to fill a gap in Hanukkah music. Outside of the ubiquitous "Driedel Song", there aren't too many songs out there for Hanukkah. Gardner and Schneider, both established musicians with their respective bands (Guster and The Zambonis), successfully fill this void with sure to be classics like "Latke Clan": "We'll put the oil into the pan/So come and join our Latke Clan/'Cause we are latke fans" and the hilarious "How Do You Spell Channukkahh?": "I remember when I was/In Elementary School/A Spanish kid told me/that it starts with a silent J/But Julio was wrong". These songs capture the secular sense of Hanukkah that connects most Jews to the holiday, but they are also good enough to listen to year round. Other songs are about the love for kugel, the adventure of the Jewish Matzoh Ball, and the unofficial Jewish tradition of going for Chinese food on Christmas day. The album is often amusing and always fun; and furthermore, full of the joy of being Jewish.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Really does rock!
Happily surprised to get an awesome, funny, and easy to listen to album for chanukah! definitely a good buy and fun to listen to for kids and rockin' parents alike.
Published 3 months ago by Lisa Simons
5.0 out of 5 stars The Leevees
Fun and a bit silly, we are having a great Hanukkah (How do you spell Chanukah?) week with this collection of songs. Good music to funny lyrics.
Published 4 months ago by Read A. Lot
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Fun Hanukkah CD
This is not your bubbe's Hanukkah CD. Rather than the new takes on old standards, The LeeVees have recorded 11 new songs that celebrate everything from Latkes in their ode to the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by A. Silverstone
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
This album is great! It has a slight Weird Al / Blood Hound feel to it, with a Hanukkah influence :)
Published 15 months ago by Dayna Anton
4.0 out of 5 stars LOVE!!!
Love, love, love this CD. Funny, cute and timely. My 3 year old has been listening to it for a week before bed and we talk about all the funny lyrics. Read more
Published on December 12, 2011 by Fern
5.0 out of 5 stars Hanukkah Does ROCK
This CD has become a hit, in the house and at school!
All the teens in Art find themselves humming, if not singing to each song. Read more
Published on February 19, 2010 by Angela Minerva
5.0 out of 5 stars they rock.
i have three young kids and wanted some fun hannukah music that in some way approaches all of the christmas songs we are bombarded with. Read more
Published on December 11, 2008 by lauren g
5.0 out of 5 stars My family's favorite Hanukkah album
What a gem! The songs are funny and catchy, and they do a great job reflecting modern Jewish life in America. Read more
Published on November 11, 2007 by Inconstant Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen to this year round...it's great for road trips!
I am constantly amazed how enjoyable this entire CD is from beginning to end. I was first introduced to The Leevees in December '05 at a Barenaked Ladies concert. Read more
Published on May 23, 2007 by S. Scheer
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!!
THis is the greatest CD! My family and I laugh to this and the songs are so easy to learn - we LOVE it!!!!
Published on March 15, 2007 by A. Hicks
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