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It's Hammer Time!

 By Paul Rudoff on Dec. 16, 2014 at 12:00 PM , Categories: Miscellaneous , Tags:
Unusual Holiday Songs

Since 2005, I have been posting unusual holiday songs for either Christmas or Hanukkah every year. Okay, it was a one-time-only thing in 2005, but has become a regular tradition since 2009. Normally, I just make one holiday post for Christmas or Hanukkah. Because I've grown tired of what I started, I've decided to make two posts a year until I've gone through all of the songs I've collected. This guarantees Hanukkah and Christmas posts this year and for the next two years, and two Christmas posts in 2017 to finish out the feature. Maybe it'll come back as a once-in-a-while thing after that - if I come across a really unusual holiday song that I feel the desire to share - but, generally, it'll end with Christmas 2017.

So, with the future of the Unusual Holiday Song feature here at Spook Central mapped out, let's get this mutha started... and who better to start this mutha than the baddest mother- since Shaft. I'm just talking about The Hebrew Hammer.


Way back in 2003, Jonathan Kesselman wrote and directed a little blaxsploitation-spoof called - I bet you didn't see this coming - The Hebrew Hammer. Imagine Shaft, if done by Mel Brooks, and you'll have a pretty good idea what this film is like. If you still can't picture it, check out the trailer. Yeah, it definitely earns its R rating. If you can appreciate Mel Brooks films, Jewish humor, mature humor, spoofs, and buttkicking, then you'll like the film - though I know that it's not for everyone.

The film opens with a title song that is a clear spoof of Issac Hayes' "Shaft" theme, and it's pretty awesome. The MP3 of the song, performed by Bashir Salahuddin, was originally found on the movie's official site circa 2004 (a download link is below). There have been plans for years to bring Hammer back in a sequel tentatively titled The Hebrew Hammer vs Hitler, for (hopeful) release next year.

Bashir Salahuddin - The Hebrew Hammer

For the complete list of Spook Central's holiday song posts from years past, click here. Thanks to Matthew Jordan for making the "Unusual Holiday Songs" title banner that appears at the top of this post.

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