Three For Thursday featuring: KISS, Rush and Van Halen. The theme of the week is revealed below the last video.
This week’s “Three for Thursday” songs:
SONG: “Naked City”
RELEASED: May 20, 1980
RELEASED: September 9, 1982
ARTIST: Van Halen
SONG: “Mean Street”
ALBUM: Fair Warning
RELEASED: April 29, 1981
This week’s Three For Thursday theme is…
All of the songs are about places where people live, and the albums were all released in the 80’s. However, this week’s theme – JEWISH ROCK STARS – was inspired by the early arrival of Chanukah this year. Each band features Jewish frontmen. Ever the over-achievers, KISS actually has two Jewish frontmen (Gene Simmons – real name Chaim Witz & Paul Stanley – real name Stanley Harvey Eisen). Rush’s Geddy Lee is actually named Gary Lee Weinrib. Geddy originated from his mother’s pronunciation of Gary with a strong Yiddish accent. David Lee Roth used his real name, a unique approach for a Jewish rock star.