I can still remember vividly the first time I saw the words "Shlock Rock." I was in Lenny Solomon's JPSY (Jewish Public School Youth) office and he showed me a cassette labeled "Shlock Rock". He had apparently recorded a parody of Van Halen's "Jump" called "Bench" in a "Record Your Own Song" booth at Great Adventure with Tzvi Pill. I thought it was a big joke.
A few months later, he came up to me at a concert we were doing at Yeshiva University (ironically with Kabbalah, Piamenta, and Kesher) and asked if I'd be interested in going into the recording studio with him to play bass on an album of these song parodies. I always jumped at any opportunity to do studio work, so I said yes.
Soon thereafter, we were spending Midnight to 4am in a 39th Street recording studio where they had a picture of Chuck Berry hanging over the toilet and my roommate "Edgardo" and I were doing old man voices and we drank "Shlock Champagne (Hawaiin Punch)." Good times, good times.
Anyway, I don't think either of us had a clue that it would get as popular as it did.
So over the years I've been introduced as "former Shlock Rock member" Moshe Skier, but it's not fair to describe me that way since I still play with Lenny at least once a year. Every time I try to get out, he keeps pulling me back in! OK, bad Pacino reference there.
So here are a few of the Shlock Rock tunes that we cover, just because they are great songs and people always love them:
Jonah and the Whale