Where There's Smoke There's Cheech & Chong
Where There's Smoke There's Cheech & Chong is an anthology album by Cheech & Chong. Released in 2002, it collects the duo's most popular comedy routines and songs from their eight studio albums, additional rare material, including tracks that are exclusive to this set, including radio commercials for the film Up in Smoke, " Or A Day At The Beach With Pedro & Man" and "Santa Claus And His Old Lady", which were only released as singles, a live recording of the duo performing the "Old Man In The Park" sketch. Much of the content on Where There's Smoke There's Cheech & Chong derives from the albums Cheech and Chong, Big Bambu, Los Cochinos, Cheech & Chong's Wedding Album, Sleeping Beauty and Let's Make a New Dope Deal; the title track from the Up in Smoke soundtrack is included, as well as "Born in East L. A.", from the album Get Out of My Room. The anthology includes the tracks "Santa Claus And His Old Lady" and " Or A Day At The Beach With Pedro & Man-Part 1", which were only available as singles, on compilations, but had not appeared on any previous Cheech & Chong release.
The "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" single contained a second part, not featured on this compilation and is otherwise unavailable. Exclusive to the anthology were two radio commercials for the film Up in Smoke, a live recording of the sketch "Old Man in the Park", which had not been recorded for any Cheech & Chong album. At the time of the anthology's release, the albums Sleeping Beauty, Let's Make A New Dope Deal and Get Out Of My Room were out of print, although they have since been reissued; the tracks "Santa Claus and His Old Lady", "Earache My Eye" and "Born in East L. A." were commercial hits. Liner notes for the anthology were written by Dr. Demento. AllMusic reviewer Richie Unterberger described the material on Where There's Smoke There's Cheech & Chong as being "more juvenile than it is funny", appraising the duo's sound design and musical satires, singling the tracks "Blind Melon Chitlin'", "Framed", "Earache My Eye" as highlights. All tracks written by Cheech & Chong, except where noted
Big Bambú is a work of art by artists Doug and Mike Starn. Big Bambú is the second album by Cheech & Chong, released in 1972; the name Big Bambu is a reference to a type of rolling paper made by the Bambu company. Vinyl copies with the rolling paper have become hard to find; the original CD packaging has been reformatted, does not contain rolling papers. In a mixed but positive review published in Rolling Stone, Janet Maslin singled out the duo's voice work for particular praise. "The thing Cheech and Chong are great with is voices. Each has terrific ears for dialect, anything from spare change wino to jiveass soul, there are at least 20 distinct personae showing up here, all of them cleverly done."The album was nominated for Best Comedy Recording at the 15th Grammy Awards, but lost to George Carlin's FM & AM. Cheech and Chong
Up in Smoke
Up in Smoke is a 1978 American stoner comedy film directed by Lou Adler and starring Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Edie Adams, Strother Martin, Stacy Keach, Tom Skerritt. It is Chong's first feature-length film. Cheech & Chong had been a counterculture comedy team for about ten years before they started reworking some of their material for their first film. Much of the film was shot in Los Angeles, including scenes set in Tijuana, while scenes set on the Mexican border were filmed at the border in Yuma, Arizona. While negatively received upon its release, Up in Smoke is credited with establishing the stoner comedy genre and is now considered a classic. Anthony "Man" Stoner, a jobless, marijuana-smoking drummer, is told to either get a job by sundown or be sent off to military school by his parents. Anthony leaves the house in a 1967 Volkswagen Beetle convertible, a car, subsequently left smoking on the side of the road. Anthony is picked up while hitchhiking by the enthusiastic smoker Pedro de Pacas.
The license plate reads MUF DVR. They share a large joint, which Man says is made with "mostly Maui wowie" and "Labrador". Police find their car parked on a traffic median with them in it, discover that they are stoned and arrest them. At trial, the pair are released on a technicality after Anthony discovers that the judge is drinking vodka. In an attempt to procure marijuana, they visit a Vietnam War veteran. Strawberry's nickname is derived from the large birthmark on his neck. Pedro tells Man not to look at the birthmark, they narrowly escape a police raid on Strawberry's house while Strawberry has a flashback and thinks the police are the Viet Cong, but are soon deported to Tijuana, by the INS, along with Pedro's relatives, who called the INS on themselves, so they could get a free ride to a wedding in Tijuana. In order to get back to the United States they arrange to pick up a vehicle from Pedro's uncle's upholstery shop, but arrive at the wrong address, a disguised marijuana processing plant.
They end up unknowingly involved in a plot to smuggle a van constructed out of "fiberweed" from Mexico to Los Angeles, with an inept police narcotics unit, led by the overly zealous Sgt. Stedenko hot on their heels. At the Mexican–American border, they get arrested but attention is diverted to a group of nuns; the duo narrowly cross the border into America and pass Stedenko, giving an interview to Toyota Kawasaki, a newswoman. Stedenko finds out from his unit that they apprehended the wrong group and they begin to chase after Pedro and Man, they don't get far, after one of Stedenko's men accidentally shoots one of the tires to the car they were in. Along the way and Man pick up two women, who convince them to perform at a Battle of the Bands contest at the Roxy Theatre. Pedro and Man tell the women. Gloria informs the women she can't sell them any drugs as the police destroyed the evidence they were holding, but there should be some in stock soon as the police were searching all over town for a huge stash—which the police do not realize is sitting in the police station parking lot.
They narrowly avoid another arrest, at one point, after being pulled over by a police motorcyclist, but the officer gets high from the burning "fiberweed" emanating from the van's exhaust, lets them go after asking for a hot dog one of them was eating. When they arrive at the venue, most of the bands that are performing are negatively received by the audience. One of the women gives Man what she believes is an "upper", upon seeing his reaction to the drug, causing him to feel out of it, she checks her pills and says "I think I fucked up," indicating that she gave him the wrong drugs; the duo's band, Alice Bowie, Ay Les Voy, wins the contest and a recording contract, with a performance of their song, Earache My Eye, despite a rough start to their performance. The film concludes with Pedro and Man driving in the former's car and dreaming how their future career will pay off. Man lights a small portion of hash and gives some to Pedro. However, it swerve the car while trying to put it out. During the scuffle, the car swerves down the road and smoke billows out the windows over the end credits.
Cheech Marin as Pedro De Pacas Tommy Chong as Anthony "Man" Stoner Strother Martin as Arnold Stoner Edie Adams as Tempest Stoner Stacy Keach as Sgt. Stedenko Mills Watson as Harry Zane Buzby as Jade East Wally Ann Wharton as Debbie Tom Skerritt as Strawberry June Fairchild as Ajax Lady Angelina Estrada as Aunt Bolita David Nelson and Kurt Kaufman as Roxy Theatre doormen Rodney Bingenheimer as Himself Ellen Barkin as Guitar-playing woman Harry Dean Stanton as Police Officer As this was the comedy team's first film, Paramount wanted the initial screenings to be filled with their most ardent fans. Cheech and Chong came up with the novel (and succes
Thomas B. Kin Chong is a Canadian-American actor, director, activist for cannabis-rights and comedian, he is known for his marijuana-themed Cheech & Chong comedy albums and movies with Cheech Marin, as well as playing the character Leo on Fox's That'70s Show. He became a naturalized United States citizen in the late 1980s. Thomas B. Kin Chong was born at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta, on May 24, 1938, His mother was Lorna Jean, a waitress of Scotch-Irish ancestry and his father was Stanley Chong, a Chinese truck driver who immigrated to Canada from China in the 1920s; the senior Chong had first lived with an aunt in Vancouver after arriving in Canada. As a youth, Tommy Chong moved with his family to Calgary, settling in a conservative neighbourhood Chong has referred to as "Dog Patch", he has said that his father had "been wounded in World War II and there was a veterans' hospital in Calgary. He bought a $500 house in Dog Patch and raised his family on $50 a week." In an interview, Chong said: By the early 1960s, Chong was playing guitar for a Calgary soul group called the Shades.
The Shades moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, where the band's name changed to "Little Daddy & the Bachelors". They recorded a single, "Too Much Monkey Business" / "Junior's Jerk". Together with bandmember Bobby Taylor, Chong opened a Vancouver nightclub in 1963; the Alma Theatre, they called it "Blue Balls". They brought in Tina Turner Revue, which had never been to Vancouver before. Although Little Daddy & the Bachelors built up a small following, things soured when they went with Chong's suggestion and had themselves billed as "Four Niggers and a Chink" before taking on the moniker Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers. In 1965, the Vancouvers signed with Gordy Records, they recorded their debut album, an eponymous release, their debut single, the Tommy Chong co-composition, "Does Your Mama Know About Me," which peaked at number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100. While on tour in Chicago for a short time, the band followed opening act the Jackson 5. Chong referred to the young Michael Jackson as a "cute little guy".
After the band released two additional singles and bandmate Wes Henderson missed a Friday night performance to apply for Green cards so they could become American citizens. Chong was fired by Motown producer Johnny Bristol for arriving late to the gig; when Barry Gordy told Chong that he wasn't fired after all, that it had been a mistake, Chong said he wanted to stay fired. "I said I want to become a Berry Gordy, I don't want to just work for a Berry Gordy. And he says I can, I can dig that. So he was nice, he gave me $5,000 as the severance and to me, a fortune." - Tommy Chong. The group broke up shortly afterwards, when Chong tried to reduce the number of players covered by the Vancouvers' contract, he intended that he, Henderson would constitute the group, while other members would be classified as sidemen and session artists. Chong co-wrote and performed on many Cheech & Chong comedy albums, four of which were nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album, he and Cheech Marin shared the 1973 award in this category for Los Cochinos.
He directed four of the duo's films, while co-writing and starring in all seven with Cheech. Cheech & Chong, while a successful comedy act, split in 1985 due to creative differences and Marin's desire to focus on a mainstream acting career; this began a difficult time for Chong. He developed an unsold pilot for CBS called The Martinez Family, redeveloped as the 1988 sitcom Trial and Error. In 1990, he directed and starred in the movie Far Out Man, he did not act until filling the recurring role as the fun-loving, aging hippie "Leo" on That'70s Show. Chong was absent during the fifth and sixth seasons of the show as he was serving a brief jail sentence, he played a role as a hippie in Dharma and Greg. Chong was going to voice the character of Shenzi, the hyena in the Disney film The Lion King. Cheech Marin voiced Banzai. Chong provided the voice of the character Yax in the 2016 Disney film Zootopia. In September 2005, a/k/a Tommy Chong premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival; the documentary, produced and directed by Josh Gilbert, chronicles Chong's comedic and personal history.
It includes material related to his prosecution by imprisonment. The project features interviews with Cheech Marin, Bill Maher, George Thorogood, Peter Coyote, Lou Adler, Eric Schlosser and Jay Leno. In 2011, Chong appeared as a Judge in an episode of Bash. On September 4, 2014, Chong was announced as one of the celebrities participating on the 19th season of Dancing with the Stars, he paired with professional dancer Peta Murgatroyd. Despite being at the bottom of the leaderboard numerous times and Murgatroyd were able to make it to the night of the semi-finals but were eliminated at the end of that night. Chong is the oldest contestant. On April 4, 2015, Chong appeared as a guest speaker at the annual "Hash Bash" event in Ann Arbor, which focuses on cannabis legalization. In November 2017, Chong guest-starred as himself in an episode of the Trailer Park Boys spinoff Out of the Park: USA. On January 9, 2019 he was revealed at the end of the second episode of The Masked Singer to be the singer known as the Pineapple, singing "I Will Survive" by G
1974 in music
List of notable events in music that took place in the year 1974. 1974 in British music 1974 in Norwegian music 1974 in country music 1974 in heavy metal music 1974 in jazz January 1 – John Dankworth is named CBE in the New Year's Honours List. January 3 – Bob Dylan and The Band kick off their 40-date concert tour at Chicago Stadium, it is Dylan's first time on the road since 1966. January 17 Joni Mitchell releases her monumental album Court and Spark, supported by the single "Help Me" reaching the highest moment of commercial success. Dino Martin and son of Dean Martin, is arrested on suspicion of possession and sale of two machine guns. February 10 – record producer Phil Spector is badly injured in a car accident. Details of the accident are kept secret. February 12 – New York's rock club, The Bottom Line, opens in Greenwich Village; the first headlining act is Dr. John. February 14 – The Captain & Tennille are married in Virginia City, Nevada. February 16 – Two years of litigation between Grand Funk and former manager Terry Knight are resolved.
The band gets the rights to its name but Knight wins a cash settlement. February 18 Yes sells out the first of two nights at Madison Square Garden, without a bit of advertising for the show. Kiss releases their self-titled debut album. February 19 – The first American Music Awards are broadcast on ABC, two weeks before the Grammys. February 20 – Cher files for divorce from her husband of 10 years, Sonny Bono. February 22 – The English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Raymond Leppard performs the world premiere of Three Regions from Terrain by Douglas Young. February 27 – The Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn, conducted by Jörg Faerber, makes its English debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. March 1 – Rush release their self titled debut album. March 4 Ivan Stepanov and His Balalaikas make their London debut at the Wigmore Hall. Baritone Hermann Prey cuts short a vocal recital in the Royal Festival Hall, due to vocal fatigue. March 10 – Hans Vonk makes his London debut in the Royal Festival Hall, conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a programme of Berlioz and Schubert, as well as the Violin Concerto by Roberto Gerhard, with Erich Gruenberg as soloist.
March 12 – John Lennon is involved in an altercation with a photographer outside The Troubadour in Los Angeles, California. Lennon and friend Harry Nilsson have been heckling comedian Tommy Smothers and are forced to leave the club. March 16 – Country music's Grand Ole Opry moves to a new location at the Opryland USA theme park in Nashville, Tennessee March 30 – The Ramones play their first concert at the Performance Studio in New York. April 5 – Van Halen play their first gig on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood at Gazzarri's. April 6 200,000 music fans attend The California Jam rock festival. Artists performing at the event include Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Black Oak Arkansas, the Eagles. Swedish group ABBA wins the 19th Eurovision Song Contest in The Dome, England, with the song "Waterloo", kickstarting their stellar international career; the 1967 Eurovision winner, Sandie Shaw, attends. April 14 – Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones, a concert movie filmed during the band's 1972 North American Tour, premieres at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York.
April 16 – Queen play their first North American concert, opening for Mott the Hoople in Denver, Colorado. April 25 Sotheby's Galleries in London sell a violin made in 1733 by Cremonese master Giuseppe Guarneri belonging to violinist Elaine Weldon, for the equivalent of $140,000, the second-highest price paid for a violin. Pam Morrison, Jim Morrison's widow, is found dead in her Hollywood apartment from an apparent heroin overdose. May 7 – Led Zeppelin announces their new record label, Swan Song Records, with a lavish party at The Four Seasons Hotel in New York. May 11 – The New York Police bagpipe band performs shortly after midnight at the Portsmouth, RI Ramada Inn, in connection with a National Police Week event, prompting a drunken spree lasting until dawn by at least a dozen off-duty members of the Boston Police Department, who ran naked through the motel, "smashing chairs and tables, soiling rugs, discharging fire extinguishers, exploding firecrackers, setting off a burglar alarm, disconnecting a security camera, slashing automobile tires and throwing pictures into the motel courtyard", causing an estimated $1027.75 in damage, including liquor stolen from a locked cabinet and unpaid breakfast bills.
May 25 – Twenty years after it was recorded, "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and His Comets returns to the Billboard Top 40, after it gains renewed popularity from its use in the film American Graffiti and the TV series Happy Days. May 28 – Experimental orchestra, the Portsmouth Sinfonia, plays a concert at the Royal Albert Hall, with its regular conductor John Farley; the performers included Brian Eno. June 1 – Kevin Ayers, John Cale, Brian Eno and other musicians perform at the Rainbow Theatre in London; the performances are released as June 1, 1974. June 5 Sly Stone married model-actress Kathy Silva on June 5, 1974, during a sold-out performance at Madison Square Garden. Patti Smith records "Hey Joe", her debut single, which arguably becomes the first punk rock single when released in August. June 14 – David Bowie launches his Diamond Dogs tour at the Montreal Forum. One year he had announced that he was retiring from touring as Ziggy Stardust. June 17 – U. S. President Richard Nixon is welcomed in Amman, Jordan, by King Hussein and a ceremonial band playing John Philip Sousa's Washington Post March, composed in 1889 to honor the newspaper whose reporters broke open the Watergate scandal in 1973.
July 4 – Barry White marries Love Unlimited lead singer Glodean James. July 19–21 – Ozark Music Festival is hel
A music genre is a conventional category that identifies some pieces of music as belonging to a shared tradition or set of conventions. It is to be distinguished from musical form and musical style, although in practice these terms are sometimes used interchangeably. Academics have argued that categorizing music by genre is inaccurate and outdated. Music can be divided into different genres in many different ways; the artistic nature of music means that these classifications are subjective and controversial, some genres may overlap. There are varying academic definitions of the term genre itself. In his book Form in Tonal Music, Douglass M. Green distinguishes between form, he lists madrigal, canzona and dance as examples of genres from the Renaissance period. To further clarify the meaning of genre, Green writes, "Beethoven's Op. 61 and Mendelssohn's Op. 64 are identical in genre – both are violin concertos – but different in form. However, Mozart's Rondo for Piano, K. 511, the Agnus Dei from his Mass, K. 317 are quite different in genre but happen to be similar in form."
Some, like Peter van der Merwe, treat the terms genre and style as the same, saying that genre should be defined as pieces of music that share a certain style or "basic musical language." Others, such as Allan F. Moore, state that genre and style are two separate terms, that secondary characteristics such as subject matter can differentiate between genres. A music genre or subgenre may be defined by the musical techniques, the style, the cultural context, the content and spirit of the themes. Geographical origin is sometimes used to identify a music genre, though a single geographical category will include a wide variety of subgenres. Timothy Laurie argues that since the early 1980s, "genre has graduated from being a subset of popular music studies to being an ubiquitous framework for constituting and evaluating musical research objects". Among the criteria used to classify musical genres are the trichotomy of art and traditional musics. Alternatively, music can be divided on three variables: arousal and depth.
Arousal reflects the energy level of the music. These three variables help explain why many people like similar songs from different traditionally segregated genres. Musicologists have sometimes classified music according to a trichotomic distinction such as Philip Tagg's "axiomatic triangle consisting of'folk','art' and'popular' musics", he explains that each of these three is distinguishable from the others according to certain criteria. The term art music refers to classical traditions, including both contemporary and historical classical music forms. Art music exists in many parts of the world, it emphasizes formal styles that invite technical and detailed deconstruction and criticism, demand focused attention from the listener. In Western practice, art music is considered a written musical tradition, preserved in some form of music notation rather than being transmitted orally, by rote, or in recordings, as popular and traditional music are. Most western art music has been written down using the standard forms of music notation that evolved in Europe, beginning well before the Renaissance and reaching its maturity in the Romantic period.
The identity of a "work" or "piece" of art music is defined by the notated version rather than by a particular performance, is associated with the composer rather than the performer. This is so in the case of western classical music. Art music may include certain forms of jazz, though some feel that jazz is a form of popular music. Sacred Christian music forms an important part of the classical music tradition and repertoire, but can be considered to have an identity of its own; the term popular music refers to any musical style accessible to the general public and disseminated by the mass media. Musicologist and popular music specialist Philip Tagg defined the notion in the light of sociocultural and economical aspects: Popular music, unlike art music, is conceived for mass distribution to large and socioculturally heterogeneous groups of listeners and distributed in non-written form, only possible in an industrial monetary economy where it becomes a commodity and in capitalist societies, subject to the laws of'free' enterprise... it should ideally sell as much as possible.
Popular music is found on most commercial and public service radio stations, in most commercial music retailers and department stores, in movie and television soundtracks. It is noted on the Billboard charts and, in addition to singer-songwriters and composers, it involves music producers more than other genres do; the distinction between classical and popular music has sometimes been blurred in marginal areas such as minimalist music and light classics. Background music for films/movies draws on both traditions. In this respect, music is like fiction, which draws a distinction between literary fiction and popular fiction, not always precise. Country music known as country and western, hillbilly music, is a genre of popular music that originated in the southern United States in the early 1920s; the polka is a Czech dance and genre of dance music familiar throughout Europe and the Americas. Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and particular
Cheech & Chong: Roasted
Cheech & Chong: Roasted is a 2008 roast of comedians Cheech & Chong broadcast on TBS. On November 30, 2008, Cheech & Chong were honored during a roast special on TBS hosted by Brad Garrett which included other guests, among them Chong's wife; the event was filmed at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas during The Comedy Festival. Brad Garrett hosted the event. Guests included Tom Arnold, Shelby Chong, Whitney Cummings, Andy Dick, Greg Giraldo, Penn Jillette, Ralphie May, Geraldo Rivera and Wilmer Valderrama. Cheech & Chong: Roasted on IMDb