Artist: "Richard Cheese"
Album: "Lounge Against The Machine"
Genre: Comedy
Label: Oglio Records

Reviewer: Dr. Boogie
Posted: 1/28/2008

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.

Overall rating: WholeWholeWholeWhole
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

Jan 28th, 2008, 03:10 PM
<3 r. cheese
Jan 28th, 2008, 05:57 PM
i think I remember hearing an interview with him on a local radio show nd they played a bunch of stuff off that album. I was quite amused by it.
Ms. Sorghum Molasses '82
Jan 28th, 2008, 05:59 PM
I saw him at the Hard Rock this past Saturday.

What a performer!
Pickled Patriarch
Jan 28th, 2008, 06:09 PM
He truly has a knack for turning songs you hate into songs you love. It's amazing what a solid lounge act with a great sense of humor can do for previously awful music.

That's not to say they don't cover good music as well... quite the contrary. Their cover of "Hot For Teacher" is fantastic and really shows of the piano player's skills. But still, what I find most impressive is how they can make music from bands like System Of A Down actually entertaining.
That damn kid
Jan 28th, 2008, 07:50 PM
I've loved Richard Cheese since hearing his cover of "She hates me" on the local radio. Censored of course.
Forum Virgin
Jan 28th, 2008, 11:03 PM
I really like his cover of Crazy Train.

And his backup singers.
Is a thin donkey
Jan 28th, 2008, 11:12 PM
Have to agree with RoG about the Van Halen cover. Richard Cheese rules.
Jan 28th, 2008, 11:26 PM
I really like Richard Cheese & his covers get me liking the original songs. My favourite is the joke from Do Me from the Aperitif For Destruction album.
The Riddle Pimp
Jan 29th, 2008, 07:00 AM
He's one of the very few artists that I only buy the CDs of, rather than downloading them.

Richard Cheese is awesome.
Fookin' up planets!
Jan 29th, 2008, 08:47 PM
He is doing shows here in Vegas, Once I am no longer a "broke ass white boy" I would like to see him live.
Jan 30th, 2008, 06:26 PM
Richard Cheese's version of "Last Resort" is the only one that doesn't cause me to cry blood.
I hate this hacker crap!
Jan 31st, 2008, 11:56 AM
I have 3 CDs and they are all great. :D
I wish I could see him live, the closest I ever got was seeing him on CNN at new years