Shlock Rock is a Jewish music band, put together in December 1985 and led by singer Lenny Solomon, which parodies popular secular songs, substituting new, religious-themed lyrics for the music. To date they have released twenty-five albums. Shlock Rock continues to record albums and perform live as of 2009.
In December 1985, Solomon and the band rented the 39th Street Music studio in New York for two weeks from midnight to 8:00am as it was the only time slot they could afford. Their first album "Schlock Rock" - (Note: With a C) titled "Learning is Good" was released in January 1986.
The original Shlock Rock band consisted of Lenny Solomon on keyboards and vocals, Yonah Lloyd on guitar, Gary Wallin on drums, Mark Skier on bass, Mark Infield on saxophone, keyboards, and percussion, and Danny Block on saxophone and violin. It has since gone on to include the "Jewish Rapper" Eitan G, as well as bassist Ben Williams.
Today Lenny Solomon tours around the world, playing his songs at concerts, schools and Jewish events.
Musical style and hit songs
Shlock Rock parodies popular secular songs, substituting new, Jewish religious-themed lyrics for the originals.
Hit songs include "We Have a Strong Desire" (sung to the tune of Billy Joel's We Didn't Start the Fire), "Abarbanel" (sung to the tune of The Beach Boys' Barbara Ann), "Achashverosh" (sung to the tune of Falco's Rock Me Amadeus), and "My Bekeshe Needs Cleaning" (sung to the tune of the The Mamas & the Papas' California Dreamin').
Other songs by Shlock Rock include:
- "Old Time Torah Scroll" to the tune of "Old Time Rock & Roll" by Bob Seger
- "Rashi" to the tune of "Windy" by The Association
- "Under the Chupah" to the tune of "Under the Boardwalk" by The Drifters
- "Sweet Aroma of the Challah" to the tune of "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd
- "Tshuvah" to the tune of "Good Lovin'" by The Rascals
- "All Shook Up" to the tune of "All Shook Up" by Elvis Presley
- "Hanukah Night's Alright for Lighting" to the tune of "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" by Elton John
- "All Night Long" to the tune of "All Night Long (All Night)" by Lionel Richie
- "Learning Is Good" to the tune of "Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry
- "Havdalah" to the tune of "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" by The Beatles
- "My Menorah" to the tune "La Bamba" by Ritchie Valens
(The following songs are from the Showtune-based album "Almost on Broadway")
- "Soup and Challah" to the tune of "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" from Mary Poppins
- "Tekiah" to the tune of "Maria" from West Side Story
- "Succot Nights" to the tune of "Summer Nights" from Grease
- "Come Round He's Makin' a Boat" to the tune of "Sit Down Your Rockin' the Boat" from Guys and Dolls
- "Gabbai of the Shul" to the tune of "Master of the House" from Les Misérables
- "Do You Know Your Hebrew Name" to the tune of "There Is Nothing Like a Dame" from South Pacific
- "Bavel" to the tune of "Belle" from Beauty and the Beast
- "To Ma'ariv" to the tune of "Tomorrow" from Annie
- "Passed the Test" to the tune of "SOS" from Mamma Mia!
- "Get Me to the Shul on Time" to the tune of "Get Me to the Church on Time" from My Fair Lady
- "Hello Mohel, Hello Kvater" to the tune of "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah" by Allan Sherman
- "Learning to Dance the Hora" to the tune of "Livin' la Vida Loca" by Ricky Martin
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