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Shabbat Shalom, Hey! (Bim Bam)

by Danielle Berrin

September 7, 2007 | 4:27 pm

Are you ready to rock? Because I promise you’ve never heard the grade-school smash Bim-Bam quite like this.

A bunch of wildly eccentric boys by the name of “Netzer” have rockified this traditional Jewish tune, staging it as a campy jam in a classroom using all the available props. Electric riffs are interspersed with footage of clergy reading Torah. Headbanging puppets alternate between fainting and singing, and zombie-inspired hora dancing make this a Shabbat musical trip to an alternate galaxy. Albeit, an uproariously funny one.

The male “virtuosos” are twenty-somethings (one from San Diego) and don Elizabethan wigs of long and curly locks that cause them to appear anachronistic. Altogether subverting the theoretic concept of style, these would-be tenor boys raving away the Sabbath is at once a parody and a pop-song. This is where lunacy meets vaudeville meets techno meets Judaism.

A comment on youtube read, “don’t quit your day job, but it was a joyful noise.” This one, you really should see for yourself…

Shabbat Shalom Los Angeles!

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