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