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SJ Super 7

by: Leslie Bunder and Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2004-09-13

Ju-Tang Clan

Ju-Tang Clan

The seven most amazing things you will discover in Jewish life and culture.  This week: William Shatner boldly goes into a singing career, Ju-Tang Clan rap their way into the limelight, Henry Winkler is reunited with his Happy Days pals, and meet Shlomo the human beatbox.

1. Shatner still sings: Two months after we first featured it in the Super 7, William Shatner's cover version of Pulp's Common People is finally set to appear. The single, from his forthcoming album Has Been, features vocals from legendary singer-songwriter Joe Jackson – and has to be heard to be believed.

2. New Jew rappers: The latest arrivals on the Jewish rap scene are Ju-Tang Clan, who've been attracting plenty of attention in the US thanks to a repertoire that includes such songs as The Real Israeli (based on Eminem's The Real Slim Shady), In Da Klan ('inspired' by 50 Cent's In Da Club) and Schindler's Fist (50 Shekels of Shame), in which they make no secret of their dislike for fellow Jewish rapper Shekel. You can find out more about the band – and hear some of their
music – at: http://www.jutangclan.com/

3. Enter the kingdom: The UK's biggest kosher food store has opened its doors on Golders Green Road. Kosher Kingdom – from the people who brought you Kosher King – is on the site of the old Country Market store, and boasts a huge range of goodies – SJ recommends the Mon
Cuisine TV dinners, as well as other products from Europe and the US.

4. Fonzie's back: It's 30 years since the classic sitcom Happy Days – introduced us to the Fonz, aka  Henry Winkler -  was first broadcast, and to celebrate the cast are getting together for a reunion show. Winkler will executive produce the two-hour special, which will bfeature some of the best clips from the show, as well as reminiscences from the cast.

5. Jews on TV: After months of speculation as to when it would actually be aired, Channel 4 finally showed Funny Already, a one-hour documentary looking at the history of American Jewish comedy. British comic David Baddiel narrated the one-hour programme, which covered the likes of Woody Allen, Roseanne Barr, Joan Rivers and Lenny Bruce. Made by production company Oxford Films, Something Jewish would suggest they might like to go back to learning at Uni, as two notable Jewish performers, namely Adam Sandler and Mel Brooks, were virtually
ignored, not forgetting Andy Kaufman, Fran Drescher, Larry David, Garry Shandling and Sarah Silverman. Sadly, Funny Already was as useful as being circumcised twice – but at least it was something Jewish on TV that wasn't just about the Holocaust or Israel.

6. Introducing Shlomo: The UK's newest Jewish music sensation is hlomo, the 'human beatbox' whose unusual style was heard by over four million viewers at the opening ceremony of the Olympics recently. Shlomo was featured on the Bjork song Oceania, which also features on
her new album Medulla. The man himself has also featured on Radio 1 – and you can find out more about him (and hear some of his music) at: www.shlo.co.uk

7. War of the War of the Worlds: No sooner has Steven Spielberg announced plans for a big-budget version of HG Wells' War Of The Worlds, starring Tom Cruise, than composer  and fellow Jew Jeff Wayne has revealed that he's also working on a film version of the sci-fi classic. His version, based on his 1978 album War Of The Worlds, will be an animated musical. Both are due on screens in 2005.