The Jewish Monkeys are a Klezmer band from Tel Aviv with their roots in Germany: Ronni Boiko and Jossi Reich met in the boys' choir of the Frankfurt Synagogue. The two add much Dada madness and Marx Brothers Anarcho wit to their burlesque klezmer fun. After all, according to the Urban Dictionary, the name "Jew monkey" means a gay Jewish man with a long nose who robs innocent little boys at home and then kills them. The melody of "Black But Sweet" is already known in Balkan beat style from the ubiquitous Shantel. Only here it is implemented even more frivolously. "Caravan Petrol" is a fun festival for political anarchists. The text around an organic piggy good-for-nothing is absolutely to be read. Again and again one is reminded of other greats of the Balkan-/Klezmer-/Russenpolka pop genre: Gogol Bordello ("Luba Lubaviczer") or, if it gets crazy, the Leningrad cowboys ("Johnny Is The Goy For Me", which is represented in two versions). And in "Banana Boat Vs. Hava Naglia" even the well-known Harry-Belafonte song is wonderfully sausaged.
Top track: Caravan Petro