Hebrew School

The Most Mishige
October 3, 2007, 5:45 am
Filed under: jewish music | Tags: ,

I’m not sure why I think Mickey Katz is so cool. Is it because he had sinister clarinet chops and his band totally rocked? Is it because he’s Jennifer Grey’s grandfather? Or because he sang half in Yiddish, relegating many of his words and references to the realm of mystery for me? Or is it because he was completely out of his mind?

above: Katz at the UN

Katz not only pioneered send-ups of popular songs long before Weird Al Yankovic wrote Yoda (I still prefer a certain movie imitation of said muppet); all of his parodies were Jewish and yet he was still immense in his time. My favorite Mickey songs: “Knish Doctor,” “How Much is that Pickle in the Window,” “Schlemiel of Fortune.” Some more album covers from his Capitol and RCA years:


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