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Think about it: No Klezmer music, no metal.  Duh.  Furthermore, No Moog Synthesizers, no science fiction soundtracks.  Without both, no KlezMetal.


Okay, that’s all pretty much bullshit. 


It all started with a pun when a fellow musician, perhaps after playing at a wedding, made the joke that became the title In-A-Gadda-De-Haga-Nagilia.  And poof, another idea that was in the vein of bands and acts that we loved. 


You see, San Francisco in the 90s was filled with tribute and parody acts that were, if anything, just funny.  There was the Ted Nugent/Led Zepplin cover band (Ted Zepplin), the all-female Ramones band (The Ramonas), the all-Herb Albert covers band (Herb) and my favorite of all, Shitty Shitty Band Band.  For the life of me, I can’t remember what kind of music they played.  But damn, what a great name, right?


So, if this kind of genre bending and humor tickles you, consider checking out the following acts and, by all means, contribute to our celebration of Klezmer, rock and roll and, if you are feeling really giddy, Moog vibes.



Richard Cheese, Jelly Roll Orchestra, Strumming with the Devil, Punk Side Story, Dub Side of the Moon, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Rock Star, Rockabye Baby and, of course, the mighty Post Modern Jukebox.  Please join the Klez Army and suggest more.

And it would be ridiculous not to mention Roger Joseph Manning Jr's Moog Cookbook, which absolutely knocked me off my chair when I first heard it.  Find it.  You won't regret it.

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