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2010 List of Jewish Punk Bands

Below is the most recent update of the list of Jewish punk bands I've written about along with a link to an article or blog post in which each is mentioned.

The categories are somewhat arbitrary. The last three categories shouldn't be thought of as comprehensive.

Punk Bands With a Significant Jewish Focus/Identity
7SEVENTY (Florida)
CAN!!CAN (Georgia)
Clockwork Allen (California)
Di Nigunim (California)
Electric Menorah (New York)
Fear of a Blue Planet (Illinois)
Gefilte F*ck (California)
G.I. Jew (California)
The Groggers (New York)
Jewdriver (California)
Jews From the Valley (California)
The Jiddische Hitlerjugend (Holland)
Johnny Cohen and the Jewish Defense League (Holland)
Kohane of Newark (New York)
KOSHER (Maryland)
Mensch (New York)
Moshiach Oi (New York)
The Schleps (Massachusetts)
Shabbos Bloody Shabbos (New York)
The Shondes (New York)
Sons of Abraham (New York)
Steve “Gangsta Rabbi” Lieberman (New York)
Total Passover (Iowa)
White Shabbos (New York)
Yidcore (Australia)

Klezmer/Folk Bands With a Punk Edge
Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird
Josh Lederman y Los Diablos
Mr. Julian Gaskell & His Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
The Klezmatics
Luminescent Orchestrii
The Murrays

Polka Madre

Similar bands include Charming Hostess, Charming Hostess Big Band, and Kletka Red.

Punk Bands From Israel
Chaos Rabak
Friday Night Sissy Fight
Make It Rain
Not Kosher

Shenkin Punx
Sinat Hinam

Useless ID

To learn more about the Israeli punk scene, check out Liz Nord’s documentary Jericho’s Echo: Punk Rock in the Holy Land.

Punk Bands With Jewish Members
Bad Religion
Black Flag
Bleach Battalion
The Clash
The Circle Jerks
Cobra Starship
The Dictators

Gogol Bordello
Hard Times
Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
New Found Glory
The New York Dolls
Operation Ivy
The Ramones
Serge Gainsbourg
The Sleepies

To learn more about Jews’ involvement in punk rock, read Steven Lee Beeber’s The Heebie-Jeebies at CBGB’s: A Secret History of Jewish Punk.


  • At 8/23/2010 9:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    What about?

    Beastie Boys
    Luscious Jackson
    Sleater Kinney

  • At 8/23/2010 7:11 PM, Blogger heebnvegan said…

    Dear Anonymous,

    As I said up-front, the last three categories are not meant to be comprehensive.

    I did once do some research to consider putting the Beastie Boys in a list like this. I came up with some good information about the band's punk rock/hardcore beginnings, but I didn't want to identify them as "a punk band with Jewish members." Off the top of my head, at least one (maybe more) member identifies as Buddhist, and I have blogged about him before on heebnvegan.


  • At 12/21/2010 12:52 PM, Blogger mlp said…

    not to forget the king django 'roots and culture' record...


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