STEVE LIEBERMAN THE GANGSTA RABBI

STEVE LIEBERMAN THE GANGSTA RABBI

 Freeport, New York, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

This outsider punk fusion bassist/flutist/singer/songwriter rocked stages from late night open mics to opening for Andrew WK at a big NY club, to playing flute in Madison Square Garden with Weezer!With 17cd's to date-the PitBash revolt is here. and now signed to Jewish Indie label JDub Records!

Biography

Yeah--30+ years--17 CD's--and dilligently playing late weeknight open mic's or shows with hundreds of fans with the attitute of someone who's actually some kind of star playing Madison Square Garden.--hey WAIT-HE DID PLAY MADISON SQUARE GARDEN ON 9/24/2008 with Weezer! this dude rocks hard!! and is now JDub Records' newest artist!-yes Steve Lieberman the Gangsta Rabbi was SIGNED!

LONG LIVE THE GANGSTA RABBI!!!!

influenced by everybody from Jethro Tull to Green Day to the Sex Pistols to Flogging Molly.Live on stage, Steve Lieberman is a one-man sonic wrecking crew playing 1977-style heavy fast punk rhythms and leads strummed with his left index finger ON AN UPSIDE-DOWN BACKWARDS BASS at breakneck speed and heavy overdrive, sounding like nothing else but let's say an 1866 Iron Horse on it's way westward. yet on record, he provides the same angst, mixing the punk with folk, prog, Jewish and dance music with a bit more refinement.
there is no artist like Steve Lieberman the Gangsta Rabbi. his sound is unmistakable his-and with production tweeks in his last 4 releases, those left of the mainstream are really taking notice.
The self-proclaimed King of Obscuro Punk,the Father of the Punk Rock flute Steve Lieberman the Gangsta Rabbi' and patriarch of the
Pit Bash genre. Lieberman is a bass revolutionary, eccentric flutist and exotic multi-instrumentalist who has played dark, dusty late night open-mic's, opened for Andrew WK at a large Long Island club, has had entire radio shows on college and community radio and has even played flute with Weezer at Madison Square Garden.
He is a prolific songwriter, commercially releasing 17cd's since 2002 all listed in the All Music Guide with his 17th "DiKtator 17" coming soon. His creativity extends from bi-polar upcycles. Sales figures for his releases are over 20,000 as of January 2010 of which all proceeds were donated to Jewish and animal rights charities.

Lieberman's content throughout his career dealt with controversial subject matter as Jewish pride, struggles with bi-polar disorder, anti-racism. poitics and sex. A favorite of the outsiders because he speaks for them, he is not really understood by the mainsteam.

Musically, Steve Lieberman's music was described by WRXP New York City DJ Rich Russo as "Jethro Tull meets the Beastie Boys" when he played "I Wish That I Was Hot" on the Anything Anything radio show on 7/26/2009. Using no 6-string guitars, Lieberman plays all leads and chord on overdriven 4-string basses, fusing punk, metal, Jewish music, dance and prog-rock forming the Diaspora Punk genre
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Many called Steve Lieberman a madman and many more called him a genious but love him or hate him, it cannot be denied that Steve Lieberman is a musical innovator hell-bent on changing modern music forever.
His fans explain Steve's popularity because he is certainly one of the most original, prolific and energetic artists on all levels--instrumentation, production, songwriting, lyrical content--you name it. Steve cheerfully disregards all the long-standing rules by substituting guitars with a series of overdriven BASSES playing chords and leads at a fever-pitch with a style reminiscent of the late JOHN ENTWISTLE as he wails away on the FLUTE over the proceedings like the illegitimate protege' of IAN ANDERSON himself, as STEVE earned the designation-THE FATHER OF THE PUNK-ROCK FLUTE!! If that's not enough, he masterfully adds to this already eclectic mixture , the TROMBONE, FIDDLE,MELODICA, and a bunch of exotic instruments, many of them not even heard of in the Western Hemisphere. His critics however have a different explanation for Steve's success. They say his music is like a train wreck. It happens and because of the shock value, you must keep returning to the scene to check it out because you just can't believe it. Either way, STEVE LIEBERMAN's music has been downloaded like 2 MILLION times in his first many years on the scene--be it for originality and energy of for shock, his popularity is as questionable as his music is addicting.

This however didn't happen overnight for Steve.It took over 3 decades!Teaching himself to play the Bass in 1971. he quickly discovered that by turning the instrument upside-down without reversing the strings and applying distortion, the bass can sound like a Strat on steroids.He became the wild-man lead bass player in a series of prototype metal bands throughout the 1970's. During the 80's and '90's, Lieberman became an angst-possessed post-punk singer-songwriter, a favorite at the local Long Island, NY original music scene because of his chain-saw bass strumming, lightning-fast leads and in-your-face thought-provoking politically and religiously charged lyrics and Chasidic hippy demeanor. From 1991-2001, Steve Lieberman released 38 independent albums.

After a house fire in 2001, Steve quickly "mastered "the flute (being a Jethro Tull fan from birth) and discovered some instrumental oddites as

Lyrics

UNHOLY WAR(IN THE HOLY LAND)

Written By: STEVE LIEBERMAN

There was a great Prophet
The grandfather of Isra'el
Had a son when he was old
And named him Ishma'el

Thirteen years later: a miracle boy named Isaac
For 4,000 years to come
These two brothers they wreaked havoc

From Ishma'el-all the Arab nations
From Isaac-all the Hebrews
their children killed each other in droves...

Terror attack in the Holy Land
Another civil war gone out of hand
Brother Vs Brother-that's what it's called
Our father Abraham would be appalled.

RAT TAT TAT IN THE DESERT SAND.
UNHOLY WAR IN THE HOLY LAND
WE GOT THE SAME FATHER BUT DIFFERENT MOTHERS
BY ANY INTERPRETATION-THAT MAKES US BROTHERS

Land where our Patriarchs tread
Now polluted with our brothers dead
Holy desert with blood now red
"DON'T KILL YOUR BROTHER" the Prophets said.

school bus explodes on the Gaza Strip
Suicide bombers now killing kids
Shopping mall blows up in the Golan Heights
Hey , that's your brother in gun site

BONKEY ON THE DONKEY

Written By: STEVE LIEBERMAN

Schlepping our way through the desert
i'm a maniac from all the heat
i may be a vegetarian
but even i can crave the meat

Riding a donkey like Balaam
But me-i'm way more kind
i got me a desert princess
leading me to decline.

WE'RE BONKEY--ON THE DONKEY
ME AND ME LASS ON A JENNY-ASS
BONKEY --ON THE DONKEY
DOING THE BONEY ON A STURDY PONY

Schlepping our way through the desert
Going crazy from the motion
i may be a holy man but i'm beginning to feel the lotion.

Ride a donkey like Zechariah
Learning from all that he said
i got me a desert princess
grabbing on to my head.

Schlepping our way through the desert
i lost my mind from sheer delight
i'm just an aging hippy-keeping warm in the desert night.

Riding a donkey, i'm a nomad
got no mortgage or rent
but i got me a desert princess
living here inside my tent

MADMAN WITH A FLUTE

Written By: STEVE LIEBERMAN

Madman with a flute
Don't hit me--
i'll hit me
Madman with a flute
i'm tipsy-
a Hippy!!

Twenty-seven inches of hardened steel
i'm a madman with a flute
metal weapon-i'll make it squeal
i'm a madman with a flute.

Madman with a flute
don't alarm me
i'll harm me.

Madman with a flute
all balmy
Jewish swami.

Madman with a flute
don't hurt me
i'll hurt me

Madman with a flute
don't desert me
i'll talk dirty

Little Kosher Girl

Written By: Steve Lieberman

Artist Steve Lieberman, Song Little Kosher Girl, Lyrics:

(from the album "DiKtatoR 17")

Verse 1

Gonna love me a kosher girl
in my little crazy world
she'll warm me up
when i go frozen
she loves our people
because they're chosen

Chorus

Gonna love me a kosher diva
my mom and dad
won't sit shiva
and the old men
in the Synagogue
won't call the Sanhedrin
to have me flogged

verse 2

Never loved me a natural blonde
so rare on my side of the pond
i taste here
mmmmm so yummy
she loves our people
because we have money

verse 3

She don't care
that i'm unstable
as i love her with
my little Tower of Babel
she calls me her little
holy man
she loves our people
cause we're always banned

No Festival Of Lights(on This Hanukkah)

Written By: Steve Lieberman

In the days of our persecution
Our Temple still stood on Mor'iah
The occupying army oppressed us
Derided us like a pariah.

But the Hebrews, we kept on sinning
all our iniquity fulfilled
another adversary swoops down:
their only mission : to have us all killed.

(Chorus)

This is the true story of Hanukkah
No latkes, no dreidels, no la la la la la
But the miracle of rededication
G-d battling for His chosen nation.

No holiday has become commercialer
Can't tell if it's Christmas or Hanukkah
We lost our way over the years
How can we forget our martyrs' tears?
On this Hanukkah.

(Verse 2)

In the days of our suffering
our righteous ones were burned with fire
we raised up a militia and revolted
and defeated their evil empire.

There was never any magic oil
no Festival of Lights
but Rededication of the Temple
a victory history forced us to hide.

(Bridge)
"A great miracle happened here"
The plastic dreidel told us all.
but the Hebrews congregate on the Sabbath
at the holiday sale at the mall.

(Verse 3)
it's our 35th era of persecution
year '461 :2010
Scores of tyrants , since the Maccabean days
sought our people's end.

as you're spinning your plastic tops
and eathing those greasy pancakes
just remember ,for a moment, our redemption
on the season in ancient days.

Discography

Hydroxyl-32(1977)
Nuclear Blitz(Edit 96 &85) (1984)
Bang The Bass Bopmania(1991)
Civil Disobedience(1992)
Resurgence In the Factory(1993)
Inseminator(1993)
Resistorslam(live)(1993)
Pit Bash Holiday(1994)
Mission of Tolerance 5755(live)(1994)
Labrador Pit-Core(1995)
Radio Zion(1995)
Sounds From The Underground (Compilation)(1995)
Ministering The Badlan'im(Live)(1995)
Gangsta Rabbi(1996)
Proselityzer 5758(1997)
Another Political Refugee(1997)
Upper Desert Discourse(1998)
Laboured All These Years(1999)
Bop Gun (2000)
The Noisy Minority(2000)
Diaspora Blaster(2001)
Bad'lania Rising(2002)
Public Kennel Wagging(2002)
Crank Spiv Records Compilation #4(2002)
Bad'lania Remixxed(2003)
Sonic Awareness Alternative Compilation(2003)
Jewish Lightning(2003)
Radio Free Diaspora(one Jew Against The Racist Machine)(2003)
Desert Fever Brigade(2003)
Kid Antrim Alternative/Hard Rock Compilation(2004)
Liquidatia-455(2004)
Hussieskunk Punk Compilation#2( 2004)
Arbeiter At The Gate( 2004)
Jewish Riot OY OY OY(Live) (2005)
Jew In tHe Underground(2005)
Punkifier( 2005)
VIVA THE GANGSTA RABBI( 2006)
Jewish Pirate( 2006)
Melancholia Falling(2006)
Last of the Jewish Pirates(2007)
Shake the Missile Base(2007)
Psych Ward(2008)
Overthrow the Government(2008)
Diaspora( 2009)
diKtatoR 17(2009)
DikTatoR 17(2010) JDub Records
Jewish Engineer 18(2010)
Jewish Engineer 18(2010) JDub Records

Set List

1-GARBAGE MAN
2-A ZIT NAMED SADDAM
3-WISH YOU WERE HERE
4-GET IT GET IT GET IT
5-AMERICAN IDIOT
6-PUBLICITY MAN
7-DOGPARK
8-BINA
9-NIGHT/ RADIO NOWHERE
10-PSYCH WARD MEDLEY
11-ROCK FESTIVAL/ THE BAD TOUCH
12-ST JIMMY
13-PUBLIC SUICIDE