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A band for Jewish punk fans

By GINA VIVINETTO, Times Pop Music Critic

© St. Petersburg Times, published January 2, 2003

Lovers of punk rock who are Jewish may want to find two recent CD releases by the Australian band YIDcore on Swell Records: The band's debut YIDcore, which "puts the 'Oi!' into 'Oy Vey!,"' is a collection of young, loud, snotty punk versions of classic Jewish songs. The band's follow-up, YIDcore: The Great Chicken Soup Caper EP, is, its label boasts, recommended by "four out of five rabbis."

YIDcore includes pictures from members' Bar Mitzvahs in CD sleeves. The band, known as much for its excellent playing as its sense-of-humor, boasts in bios that it's the product of a liaison between comedian Mel Brooks and late Sex Pistol Sid Vicious. (Guess they get their musicianship from Brooks, too.)

BOOK: This time is as good as any to remind folks about the excellent Jews Who Rock by Guy Oseary, a fun tome chronicling the contributions of 100 Jews to rock 'n' roll music.

The book includes brief discussions of Bob Dylan, the Beastie Boys, Gene Simmons of KISS, Lou Reed, Lisa Loeb, Barry Manilow, and Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction. It also includes lesser known Jewish folk such as former Guns N' Roses axeman Slash, born Saul Hudson, and Hole's Courtney Love, who recently discovered she's half-Jewish.

DVD: With a recent live album and the impending studio release from former Jam leader Paul Weller, fans may want to relive the glory days of the seminal British post-punk band with the DVD The Complete Jam.

One of the most influential British bands of the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Jam, with hits such as Town Called Malice and Beat Surrender, paved the way not just for modern Britpop, but for today's hot garage bands with a sound that was steeped in the Kinks as much as soul music.

The DVD features footage from 1977 to 1982, including the entire 13-video Video Snap!, the out-of-print video companion to the Jam's Snap! album and 13 never-before-seen-in-the-U.S. television appearances and interview segments.

FUNDRAISER: Three local acts that long to perform for music industry folks at this year's South By Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, are teaming up with community radio station WMNF-FM 88.5 to host the first of two benefit shows to raise dough for the trip.

Tampa bands the Urbane Cowboys, Pagan Saints and Tampa singer Ronny Elliott perform at 5 p.m. Sunday at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. Admission is $5, with every dime going toward helping the musicians trek to Texas. A second show is scheduled in February and features the Gita, Barely Pink, and Damon Fowler.

-- To contact Gina Vivinetto, e-mail gina@sptimes.com .

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