One aspect of Jewsic that I have not really touched on yet, is the idea that any Jewish person can make music, regardless of language or topic, and what they make can be considered Jewsic. There are countless Jewish people in the music industry and even entertainment as a whole. Adam Sandler does a fantastic time singing about just a few of these entertainers in his famous song “Chanukah Song” which I have linked to below.
There are so many Jewish people in almost every genre of music, if not all of them. Even some of the most popular musicians, like Drake, P!nk, Adam Levine, all of the Beastie Boys, Billy Joel, Jack Black, and more, are Jewish. One of my favorite bands of all time is an American punk band that started to gain popularity in 90s called NOFX. Their lead singer, Michael Burkett, or more commonly know as Fat Mike, is also Jewish. He identifies as an atheist, but was born Jewish and knows of his heritage. NOFX
One of my favorite bands of all time is an American punk band that started to gain popularity in 90’s called NOFX. Their lead singer, Michael Burkett, or more commonly know as Fat Mike, is also Jewish. He identifies as an atheist, but was born Jewish and knows of his heritage. NOFX does not really have any Judaism in their lyrics aside from maybe one or two songs, but I still love their music. One of the things I love most about Fat Mike is his political activism. He is extremely liberal and in 2004, he started punkvoter.com to try and encourage the punk scene to get out and vote (though the site was shut down in 2008 after Bush’s term ended). He also created the Rock Against Bush campaign to help the cause he felt so strongly about. In 2003, the band also released an album titled “The War on Errorism” which featured George Bush’s face painted as a clown. Part of what drew me to NOFX was their strong political lyrics as well as the humor and fast-paced, punk sound that is included in almost all of their songs. If I had to pick, I would say that my favorite song of theirs is the 18-minute satire of American law, as well as other problems Mike saw in the states titled “The Decline” that was released in 1999. If you have 18 minutes to listen to some awesome music and interesting commentary on the state of America’s decline from the perspective of a punk who grew up in LA’s punk scene in the 80s, I highly recommend checking the following song out. If you don’t have much time, they have a lot of much shorter songs you can easily find them on Youtube or Google. Shalom for now!