Kinsey Sicks "Oy Vey In a Manger" review

By Jeff Walsh

In the grand tradition of Christmas music being sung by Jewish people (See: Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, and almost every CD in the holiday section of your store), The Kinsey Sicks deliver their entry with "Oy Vey In A Manger: Christmas Carols and Other Jewish Music."

The Kinseys (half Jewish, half Shiksa) live album of holiday cheer may not be for everyone. If Christmas is an important religious holiday, then "A Lay In A Manger" might be a turn-off for some. (Of course, how people can claim it as an important religious holiday while adding Santa to the mix is a topic for headier magazines than this).

The CD ranges from Christmas "classics" such as "Oh, Hoey Night," "Jingle Bells! Don't Ask! Don't Tell," "'Tis The Season To Drink Stoli," "Soylent Night," and "It's Crystal Time in the City." There are also some Chanukah songs, such as "I Had a Little Facial," and "Jews Better Watch Out."

Unlike other recording artists that get all uplifting and sanctimonious in their Christmas offerings, the Kinseys stick with their usual tone to deliver their Christmas cheer: Bronx. "It's Crystal Time in the City," talks about gays on meth, and, as you may have guessed, "I had a little facial" is followed by the line "I made it out of clay." And there are sexual references galore.

That this CD is a live album shows the oft-overlooked fact of how amazingly tight the group is in concert. The ribald humor, bad puns, and other required elements of a Kinsey Sicks show, all serve as distraction for how impressive their singing truly is. Not that they should ever tone the other stuff down a notch at all!

I've never seen the Kinseys give a bad performance, and this great CD certainly gives a taste of what makes them so special and endearing. Yes, even Rachel.

Like I said at the beginning of this review, the CD may not be for everyone. But, it is a good litmus test to find the people with whom you really want to spend the holidays.