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Cheech & Chong

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