We'll "ruin" your favorite songs: about the most famous cover band

Cover bands come in all shapes and sizes, and you don't see many cover bands like the ones in this article. How did a radio host from Los Angeles become the frontman of an ironic cover band and how does humor influence the creation of quality tracks? Let's find out further.

All about the band Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine

The most beautiful and subtle art in the world is music. Not everyone can feel what real musicians can hear in it.

Who is a real musician? It would be more accurate to define him this way: real musician - a person capable not only of knowing notes and playing them correctly, but also of doing something unique, unlike any other. Thus, by combining humor and music, the American musician Richard Cheese did what other musicians might not have been able to do. Read our article on how Richard started making ironic music.

How it all started

The comedian and singer originally came up with the idea of humorous cover versions of famous songs  To Mark Jonathan Davisknown by the pseudonym Richard Cheese. In the mid-'90s, working as a radio host, Davis conceived the project, which would later be called Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine. He debuted with the album of the same name, which included covers of "Rape Me." Nirvana and "Closer." Nina Inch Nails in a swinging treatment.

Mark and the team managed to synthesize lounge music and modern tracks of rock, rap and other stuff.

Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine

So, as mentioned above, Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine is a cover band that performs world-famous hits from the rock and pop scene, and lounge singer Richard Cheese is a character created by Mark Jonathan Davis. The band's debut album was released in 2000which became so popular that they were featured in the media, which helped increase their fan base. That's how Davis ended up co-hosting an MTV series.

Cover of the band's debut album
Cover of the band's debut album

Richard Cheese's subsequent releases from 2002 to 2006 were also a success. The band's fans did not diminish thanks to the band's loyalty in their own way. In the following years, the frontman appeared in films and also recorded with Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine. soundtrack for a Zack Snyder movie.

What is crooning?

Cruising - a common style of singing since the 1920s in which a song must be sung with a gasp, almost a whisper. The name comes from the English croon, which means "humming in a low voice.". This development of crooning is commonly associated with the development of sound reinforcement techniques. The sensitivity of the microphone allowed the singers to pronounce the lines of the song in an ingratiating manner, quietlymaking it sound more chesty.

Cruising was very popular with singers accompanying "big bands. A striking feature of crooning becomes elegant presentation, harks, imitation of conversation in the pauses. The most famous musicians who used a similar way of singing were Bean Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Joe Dasen, and Tony Bennett. Of the contemporary singers worth mentioning Robbie Williams.

The idea worked: joke or crooning

Performing a Linkin Park song
Performing a Linkin Park song

Richard Cheese sarcastically performs lounge music on his debut album. However, this does not spoil Frank Sinatra or Tonny Bennett: on the contrary, the album pays more attention to rock hits. The joke turns out to be an irony of excessive lyricism and seriousness songs. This mood changes with Cheese's lighter arrangements; rather, they are more Las Vegas-oriented. The singer creates a contrast, mocking and wistfulness in the lyrics of rock hits and lounge music. One might even say that Richard creates opposition between Vegas lounge music and alternative rock.

Despite the humorous overtones, the music of Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine is perceived as cute irony over famous tracks from the top charts. How could you imagine Sinatra singing "Welcome to the Jungle" or "Rape Me"? That's only possible with a band. Richard Cheese.

Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine albums

Number Of The Beast album cover
Number Of The Beast album cover

The band came out on the order of 28 albums since 2000. The first and debut album was released on the Oglio Records label, the second and third, - "Tuxicity." and "I Like a Virgin", - independently in 2002 and 2004 on the my own Cheese Ideatown Entertainment, which was later renamed Coverage Records.

From 2004 to 2006 the band released the albums "Aperitif for Destruction", a collection of songs "Silent. Nightclub" And another album "The Sunny Side of the Moon: The Best of Richard CheeseIn which six classical compositions and three new covers were recorded.

In 2007, Cheese releases again on his label albumsDick at Nite, Viva La Vodka: Richard Cheese Live, OK Bartender, A Lounge Supreme, Live at the Royal Wedding, The Royal Baby Album, Back in Black Tie and Cocktails with Santa.

2010 was marked by the album "Jonny Aloha: Lavapalooza."which was recorded with the participation of Hawaiian musicians. In 2015, the following were issued 3 disks: the live "Bakin 'at the Boulder," "The Lounge Awakens: Richard Cheese & Lounge Against the Machine Live" at the Mos Eisley Spaceport and the studio album "Supermassive Black Tux.

In 2016, the band released a one-track album as parody on the soundtrack from the released movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. In 2017, the album was released on disc "Licensed to Spill"; в 2018 - digital collection Lord of the Swings: The Best of Richard Cheese, Volume 2. In addition, the band's arsenal includes an album released a year later, mocking The finale of The Avengers is Richard Cheese: Live on Titan.

The next two albums were released in digital format in 2020 and 2021: Numbers Of The Beast and Big Cheese Energy. The band is currently touring extensively in the U.S., headlining the Red Rock Casino Vegas.

Richard Cheese's Best Songs

Richard Cheese on Stage
Richard Cheese on Stage

Cheese's best and most successful covers are these 5 songs:

Careless Whisper (2011) - Richard Cheese 

A swinging cover of George Michael's most famous song, "Careless Whisper" from the album "A Lounge Supreme".

Creep (2006) Richard Cheese

"Creep" by Radiohead sounds, arranged by Cheese, like a hit at every restaurant in the U.S. in the 1920s, though it was released on the 2006 album The Sunny Side of the Moon: The Best of Richard Cheese.

Rape Me (2006) Richard Cheese

The track "Rape Me" by the grunge band Nirvana from their debut album, The Sunny Side of the Moon: The Best of Richard Cheese.

Bad Guy (2020) Richard Cheese

"Bad Guy" from the quite fresh album "Numbers Of The Beast". A very successful cover of the not unknown Billy Eilish song.

Bohemian Rhapsody (2010) Richard Cheese

An unusual cover of the most famous song of the British band Queen - "Bohemian Rhapsody", performed in a more cheerful manner than the original. The track was released on the album "OK Bartender".

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