Happy Rosh Hashanah To Gene Simmons, David Lee Roth And Other Great Jewish Rockers

Sundown today marks the start of Rosh Hashanah, the first of the High Holidays and the celebration of the new year in the Jewish community. According to the Hebrew calendar, the Jewish people will celebrate the year 5770. Rosh Hashanah parties tend not to have any specific soundtrack, which is unacceptable. After all, the mark of a good holiday is its rock music crossover appeal (which is why Arbor Day remains a third-tier spot on the calendar, even if you bring Pulp's "The Trees" into the conversation). While there aren't many songs specifically about the Jewish New Year, there are plenty of rockers out there who celebrate. So cue up any of the tunes below as you eat your challah and apples for maximum effect.

» Kiss - "God Gave Rock and Roll To You"

With or without the war paint, Gene Simmons is only the stage name of Chaim Witz, the legendary bass player for Queens' favorite sons. And hey, this song even praises God!

» The Ramones - "Do You Remember Rock and Roll Radio?"

Just like Simmons, Joey Ramone (born Jeffrey Hyman) was another Queens resident born to a Jewish family who ended up writing fantastically catchy songs about rock and roll.

» David Lee Roth - "She's My Machine"

» J. Geils Band - "Centerfold"

Sure, the above two songs may not be the most appropriate for a religious celebration, but you can't deny the roots of either Roth or J. Geils Band, who only had one gentile member.

» Yo La Tengo - "Sugarcube"

Not only are all three members of New Jersey indie rock legends Yo La Tengo Jewish, but they also host an annual eight day festival called "Hannukah Palooza." As a bonus, the video for this tune features a Kiss reference, which allows for a smooth segue back to track one!