Artist: "Richard Cheese"
Album: "Lounge Against The Machine"
Label: Oglio Records
Reviewer: Dr. Boogie
Review: When you were watching Dawn of the Dead the other night, you may have noticed a montage that featured a very unusual song, namely a lounge cover of Disturbed's "Down with the Sickness". Well I've got good news for you: Richard Cheese, the man who sang that very song, has teamed up with his band, Lounge Against the Machine, to bring you even more schnazzy versions of some of your favorite hits from the 1990s.
Each song gets a treatment to make it familiar to, yet distinctly different from, the original. More downbeat songs like "Rape Me" and "Creep", for instance, are made into much peppier versions while songs like "Guerilla Radio" are taken at a more leisurely pace. Most of the songs are full-length covers of the original song, but are significantly shorter, as is the case in his cover of "Smack My Bitch Up" (there are only so many different ways to say "smack my bitch up").
As goofy as the idea sounds, Cheese has a remarkable voice, and his covers sound great in their own right. Why, I could see myself listening to an entire album by Rage Against the Machine if only it were performed by Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine. Sadly, certain licensing agreements prevent something like that from ever occurring, but a man can dream.
I recommend this album to fans of song parodies, and to any fans of the bands Cheese parodies. When I was in junior high, everyone I knew loved Limp Bizkit. For the longest time, I thought this was a bad thing, but having heard Cheese's cover of "Nookie/Break Stuff", I'm convinced that it was worth it to have Fred Durst considered a celebrity for years and years.
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)
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