As tonight marks the last night of Hanukkah 2021, it’s a fitting time to mention the series of cover song videos put out by producer Greg Kurstin (who is Jewish) and renaissance mensch Dave Grohl (who isn’t) called appropriately enough, The Hanukkah Sessions.
Kurstin x Grohl: The Hanukkah Sessions (Intro)
The duo made a series of videos, starting in 2020, where they cover a tune by a Jewish rock musician, one for each of the eight nights of Hanukkah. The first year included tributes to Bob Dylan, the Knack, the Velvet Underground, Beastie Boys, Mountain, Drake, Peaches and Elastica. This year videos included Billy Joel’s “Big Shot,” a cover of Amy Winehouse’s “Take the Box” with Grohl’s daughter Violet on vocals, a take on a Van Halen’s “Jump,” (heavy on the keytar), a metal version of Lisa Loeb’s folk-rock tune “Stay (I Missed You),” a heartfelt version of the Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop”, an extra cheesed-up version of Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana” (if that were possible), the Kiss tune “Rock And Roll All Nite” and a really cool take on The Clash’s “Train In Vain” (learning that Mick Jones,co-founder of The Clash is Jewish via his Russian Jewish mother, makes me kvell).
My favorites . . . .
Kurstin x Grohl: The Hanukkah Sessions 2021: Night Two
Kurstin x Grohl: The Hanukkah Sessions 2021: Night Three
Kurstin x Grohl: The Hanukkah Sessions 2021: Night Four
Kurstin x Grohl: The Hanukkah Sessions 2021: Night Seven
To see all the videos (including The Hanukkah Sessions 2020), then go here:
The Complete Hanukkah Sessions – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyjqnQsvvnpLzzLgIl0nBU8bBq3KYZGYZ