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Good For The Jews: A Little Passover Music

Wednesday's Pick

  • Song: "They Tried to Kill Us, We Survived, Let's Eat"
  • Artist: Good for the Jews
  • CD: Good for the Jews
  • Genre: Pop
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hide captionGood for the Jews' "They Tried to Kill Us, We Survived, Let's Eat" ought to be a holiday staple.

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Passover begins Wednesday at sundown, which for many households means rousing renditions of the traditional Passover song "Dayenu." It's a catchy little tune with 15 rousing stanzas, detailing a series of gifts from God to the Israelites. But for those looking to add something new to their Passover playlist, look no further than "They Tried to Kill Us, We Survived, Let's Eat," as performed by Good for the Jews.

Good for the Jews is Rob Tannenbaum and David Fagin — New Yorkers who've made it their musical mission to prove that Jews can rock it just as hard as anyone else. The pair sings about Jewish dating Web sites, retirees schlepping down to Boca and why it's swell being "a member of the tribe," even on Dec. 25.

"They Tried to Kill Us, We Survived, Let's Eat," originally recorded by What I Like About Jew (featuring Tannenbaum and Sean Altman), boils the lengthy story of Passover down to the basics. Hebrew school teachers may cringe at the line which lists acne, "backne" and Jews who sing Christmas Carols among the plagues brought down by God upon the Egyptians. But throw in a dash of pop-culture history and a pinch of Yiddish — all set to Fagin's bouncing guitar — and the result is the perfect musical accompaniment to any hipster's Seder.

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