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This is a cover of a humorous song by actor-comedian Adam Sandler, in which he lists famous Jews. Diamond's version features lyrical alterations including the change from "Tom Cruise isn't but I think his agent is" to "Tom Cruise isn't, but Jesus Christ is."
New Guns 'N' Roses guitarist DJ Ashba produced and performs on the track.
Despite not being a Christmas song, Diamond included it on his Yuletide album, A Cherry Cherry Christmas as a reflection of his own Jewish faith. He explained to The Daily Telegraph December 4, 2009: "I thought I'd throw one in there for my people, too, because we always feel a little left out around this time of year. Christmas music is amazingly evocative to people of all religions and cultures."
The song's animated video, which celebrates the festival of lights, was created and produced by Tektoniq/Vision Films.
Danny played guitar on Sweet Baby James
, and Running On Empty
. He also co-wrote many hit songs, including "Dirty Laundry," "Sunset Grill" and "Tender Is The Night."
They Might Be Giants
Who writes a song about a name they found in a phone book? That's just one of the everyday things these guys find to sing about. Anything in their field of vision or general scope of knowledge is fair game. If you cross paths with them, so are you.
Eric Kretz of Stone Temple Pilots
The STP drummer talks about how they write their songs, and how the process is different now that Chester Bennington has replaced Scott Weiland.