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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

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

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