Monday, February 25, 2002

REVIEW: Rhino Anthology

We just received an advanced copy of Rhino Records Where There’s Smoke There’s Cheech & Chong: The Cheech & Chong Anthology . Funny, very funny! Not only do you get a CD containing their greatest bits, but you also receive some awesome unreleased material. The two Up in Smoke radio commercials, found in Rhino Records' vaults, haven't been heard since the 70s. These commercials are hysterical, featuring Arab, Saydis Saydat, as well as Horrendo Revolver.

The last track, Old Man in the Park, is a live sketch from a concert at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. It's about a punk harassing an old man. The old man, Chong, fakes a heart attack to get back at him. You have to hear it. This sketch can be seen on their out-of-print "Perform" video.

Besides the great sketches, the 2 CD set includes a booklet laced with photos and the most comprehensive Cheech & Chong bio we've ever read (written by the legendary Dr Demento).

One would be a fool not to pick up this release.


Friday, February 22, 2002

E! Re-airs Cheech & Chong Special

E! is re-airing Cheech and Chong's True Hollywood Story tomorrow, Friday, February 22nd at 8PM EST. The two hour special will detail the rise-and-fall of Cheech and Chong, as well as the reasons why Cheech left the duo. Don't miss it!

Wednesday, February 20, 2002


This is very awesome. On March 19th, Rhino Records will be releasing Where There’s Smoke There’s Cheech & Chong: The Cheech & Chong Anthology . It's a double CD taken from the top secret vaults of Warner Bros Records. This is breaking news.

THE FACTS (courtesy of Rhino Records):
  • The greatest "hits" by the biggest heads of counterculture comedy!
  • The first-ever career-spanning 2-CD retrospective of this Grammy award-winning duo, featuring over 2 1/2 hours of their best recordings, including previously unreleased material.
  • WHERE THERE'S SMOKE...THERE'S CHEECH & CHONG features 37 tracks (over 2 1/2 hours!) of Cheech & Chong's best recordings and comedy routines from their years with Ode, Warner Bros. and Universal Records, as well as previously unreleased material recorded during the '70s, '80s, and '90s.
  • Contains nine charting singles (the most by any comedy-duo) including: "Basketball Jones" featuring Tyrone Shoelaces (#15 Pop); "Earache My Eye" featuring Alice Bowie (#9 Pop); "Black Lassie (A Great American Dog)" featuring Johnny Stash (#55 Pop); "Bloat On" featuring The Bloaters (#41 Pop); "(How I Spent My Summer Vacation) Or A Day At The Beach With Pedro & Man, Part I" (#54 Pop); and, of course, "Born In East L.A." from 1985 (#48 Pop).
  • All the classic C&C characters are here including Blind Melon Chitlin, Wink Dinkerson, Santa Claus (and his old lady), Ralph & Herbie, Sargent Stadanko, Sister Mary Elephant, Johnny Stash, Tyrone Shoelaces, and many more.
  • Four previously unreleased tracks featuring Horrendo Revolver, Saydis Saydat, Tyrone Shoelaces, and a live version of "Old Man In The Park."
    Includes a deluxe booklet with liner notes by Dr. Demento and digipak-in-a slipcase packaging.
  • Cheech and Chong have a proven track record of commercial success including 4 Gold records, 9 charting singles, 1 Gold video and 6 successful feature films.

UPDATE: Track listing has just been posted here.