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At their peak in the 1970s, Cheech & Chong represented the mainstream embodiment of the attitudes and lifestyles of the underground drug culture. Much as W.C. Fields shot to fame by making alcohol the focus of his act, the duo of Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong emerged from a cloud of pot smoke, simultaneously championing and lampooning the stoner community that became the team's most ardent supporters; although derided by critics and dismissed by the general populace, the team's stature as counterculture heroes was unquestioned, and for both aging hippies and dazed-and-confused teens, their comedy defined an era. The team began to take shape in the late '60s when, after entering show business as a guitarist in a rock band, Chong established City Works, a wild improvisational troupe later joined by Richard "Cheech" Marin. When City Works dissolved, Cheech & Chong continued as a duo, formulating a musical comedy act. The music proved short-lived, however, when audiences began reacting favorably to the team's spacy pothead raps; after establishing their comic persona, the duo rarely deviated from the course -- for record after record and film after film, they remained blissed-out stoners, their humor locked in the druggy stasis of the doper mentality. Cheech & Chong debuted in 1971 with an eponymous LP featuring studio sketches like "Waiting for Dave" (a circular routine owing a debt to Bob & Ray), "Cruisin' with Pedro" (about drug-deal paranoia), and "Trippin' in Court." The album was a tremendous success, and its 1972 follow-up, Big Bambu (a record packaged in a giant rolling paper), reached the number two spot on the Billboard charts. The following year's Grammy-winning Los Cochinos duplicated the feat, and included the novelty hit "Basketball Jones." After 1974's Wedding Album (which featured the hit "Earache My Eye") and 1976's Sleeping Beauty, Cheech & Chong had built enough of a cult following to make the leap into films. Their 1978 feature debut, Up in Smoke, established the formula followed by all of their subsequent movies, quickly dispensing with plot in order to focus on surreal narrative detours and long meandering conversations between the principal characters. With the exception of 1980's Let's Make a New Dope Deal, the duo spent the next several years working exclusively on films, releasing a rapid-fire string of comedies like 1980's Cheech & Chong's Next Movie, 1981's Nice Dreams, and 1983's Still Smokin. As the hedonism of the 1970s gave way to the "just say no" conservatism of the Reagan era, Cheech & Chong found little response to their trademark brand of humor; after 1984's The Corsican Brothers, their film career ended, and in 1985 they returned to the recording studio for their swan song LP, Get Out of My Room. After dissolving their partnership, both spent the remainder of the decade appearing in low-budget films; by 1993, Marin even recorded a children's album, My Name Is Cheech, the School Bus Driver. While Chong largely drifted into obscurity, Marin enjoyed a renaissance in the middle of the 1990s, appearing in the Robert Rodriguez films Desperado and From Dusk Till Dawn; a prominent supporting role in Ron Shelton's romantic comedy Tin Cup led to a co-starring role opposite Don Johnson in the CBS detective series Nash Bridges. In 1997 Chong made a guest appearance on the program, marking the duo's first public reunion in a number of years. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Stations Featuring
Cheech & Chong

    Comedy Classics

    Comedy Classics
    32 songs

Albums by
Cheech & Chong

Top Songs by
Cheech & Chong

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Santa Claus and His Old Lady
  3.   Dave
  4.   Let's Make a Dope Deal
  5.   Basketball Jones
  6.   Up in Smoke
  7.   Blind Melon Chitlin'
  8.   Sister Mary Elephant
  9.   Jimmy
  10.   Lard Ass
  11.   Earache My Eye
  12.   Framed
  13.   Vietnam
  14.   Sometimes When You Gotta Go, You Can't
  15.   Acapulco Gold Filters
  16.   The Finkelstein Shit Kid
  17.   Sargent Stadanko
  18.   TWAT (Tactical Women's Alert Team)
  19.   Crusin' With Pedro de Pacas
  20.   Sleeping Beauty
  21.   White World of Sports
  22.   Waiting For Dave
  23.   Trippin' in Court
  24.   The Big Sniff by Ralph & Herbie
  25.   Acupuncture
  26.   The Adventures of Red & Roy
  27.   Uncle Pervy
  28.   The Ajax Lady
  29.   Peter Rooter
  30.   Pedro's Request
  31.   1st Gear, 2nd Gear
  32.   The Continuing Adventures of Pedro de Pacas and Man
  33.   Born in East L.A.
  34.   Don't Bug Me
  35.   The Pope: Live at the Vatican
  36.   The Baby Sitters
  37.   Low Rider
  38.   Welcome to Mexico
  39.   Rebuttal: Speaker Ashley Roachclip
  40.   Les Morpions
  41.   Cheech and Chong Anthem (Weed Are the World Tm)
  42.   Bajito Y Suavecito
  43.   Smoke a Doobie Time
  44.   Wink Dinkerson
  45.   Up His Nose
  46.   The Strawberry Revival Festival
  47.   Testimonial by R. Zimmerman
  48.   Television Medley: Tortured Old Man
  49.   Strawberry's
  50.   Searchin'
  51.   Rock Fight
  52.   (How I Spent My Summer Vacation) Or a Day at the Beach With Pedro ...
  53.   17th American Tour
  54.   Pachuco
  55.   One Day
  56.   Paranoid Pot Head
  57.   Pretty Boy Alice
  58.   (Another Hit of) Marijuana
  59.   Warren Beatty
  60.   Wake up America
  61.   Up in Smoke Reprise
  62.   The Music Lessons
  63.   The Bust
  64.   Sushi Bar
  65.   Streets of New York or Los Angeles or San Francisco Or...
  66.   Ralph and Herbie
  67.   Rainbow Bar & Grill
  68.   Queer Wars
  69.   Moe Money (Includes 'Rudolph the Red Nosed)
  70.   Lost Due To Incompetence
  71.   I'm Not Home Right Now
  72.   I'm a (Modern) Man
  73.   I Didn't Know Your Name Was Alex
  74.   Here Come the Mounties to the Rescue
  75.   Get out of My Room
  76.   Evelyn Woodhead Speed Reading Course
  77.   Emergency Ward
  78.   Dorm Radio III
  79.   Dorm Radio I
  80.   Dork Radio
  81.   Disco Disco
  82.   China Town
  83.   Cheborneck
  84.   Black Lassie (A Great American Dog)
  85.   Bloat On
  86.   Championship Wrestling
  87.   The Three Little Pigs
  88.   The Other Tapes
  89.   Television Medley: Unamerican Bandstand
  90.   Television Medley: Let's Make a Dope Deal
  91.   Television Medley: Empire Hancock
  92.   Radio News
  93.   Pedro and Man at the Drive-Inn
  94.   Juan Coyote
  95.   Hey Margaret
  96.   The Stupid Early Show
  97.   Coming Attractions
  98.   Love Is Strange
  99.   Medical Marijuana Blues

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