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

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