Thursday, December 22, 2011
Oldie But Goodie Revived: Tom Lehrer's Hanukkah in Santa Monica - The Original and as Covered by Yavneh Academy Choir
Twenty-one years ago, Tom Lehrer, our all-time favorite musical satirist, penned and performed the classic Hanukkah in Santa Monica. In December 2009, our third month at Jewish Humor Central, we searched the internet for a video of his performance to share with our small group of readers. It was available on YouTube for awhile, but then it disappeared. So we went with a high school glee club and their rendition of this song.
Today, as our email subscriber list reached and passed the 2,000 mark, we did another search and found that this gem is back. So before it disappears again, we're bringing it to you now.
It's also very satisfying to see that Lehrer's wit is being transmitted to a new generation. After the original version as sung by Tom, we're also including a version that was performed just a few days ago by the choir of Yavneh Academy of Paramus, New Jersey in front of the Williams-Sonoma store at the Garden State Plaza shopping mall.
We think that this song, one of the few inventive Chanukah parodies before the genre exploded last year with offerings by the Maccabeats, Fountainheads, and others, remains one of the best.
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