Richard Cheese

Richard Cheese Silent Nightclub (Surfdog Records; September 2006)

For those who have never experienced Richard Cheese and his band Lounge Against the Machine, this holiday-themed CD may not be the most opportune starting point. dick%20cheese.jpg It’s thick with the cheese that makes Cheese the best mock-rocker on the planet — yes, I dare say a better and certainly more prolific pseduo-cover singer than Weird Al — but it’s got too many Christmas tunes to be played around the house outside of winter. (Of course, even the holiday tunes, especially the original “Christmas in Las Vegas,” are appropriate at all times if you’re enough of a Cheese-head.) I’d recommend one of the earlier Cheese albums for the neophyte, such as Apertif for Destruction or I’d Like a Virgin.

That disclaimer aside, prepare for yet another reliably ridculous, nonstop funny fest of Dick Cheese smacking up and flipping down all the songs you already love. dick%20cheese%20photo.jpg This time ‘round we’ve got the DK’s “Holiday in Cambodia,” Madonna’s “Like a Virgin,” Modern English’s “I Melt with You,” Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus,” and, of course, Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby.” On the Christmas tip, we get those barking keyboard dogs doing their best “Jingle Bells” and an assault on Charlie Brown’s “Christmas Is Here.”

Nothing is sacred to Mr. Cheese and his crew, who give a whole new spin on the world of popular music as we know it. It may seem like a joke, but the music is tight and the singing is solid. Play this in front of grandma and she just might dig it and rock out to Vanilla Ice — by the chestnuts roasting in that open fire, no less.

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