Just about any teenager or young adult who grew up in the “sex, drugs and rock n roll generation” of the 1960’s was a huge Cheech & Chong fan…..and our Bone Daddy was no exception…..for these were the guys who blew the lid off a generation of young people who simply stated openly that they enjoyed all three elements of that generation. Since Bone Daddy lived in Midland, Tx until he graduated from High School in 1965…it wasn’t until he went to the University of Texas in Austin that he became inundated with the “sex, drugs and rock n roll” movement…..for this was where he met his 1st “hippies”…..which were folks who were a subculture of the “sex, drugs and rock n roll” movement. A hippie is a member of the counterculture of the 1960’s….which was originally a youth movement that began in the United States during the mid-1960’s….and spread to other countries around the world….as the word “hippie” came from “hipster”….and was originally used to describe beatniks…..who moved into New York City’s Greenwich Village, San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district and Chicago’s Old Town community. The term “hippie” 1st found popularity in San Francisco with Herb Caen….who was a journalist for the San Francisco Chronicle. Long story short…..Austin, Tx had it’s fair share of “hippies” by the time Bone Daddy got to UT….and the truth be told, it was a “hippie chick” named Brenda who provided Bone Daddy with the virtues of the sex part of the “sex, drugs and rock n roll” movement….as she was a woman who had an insatiable appetite….with a great deal of experience….while knowing exactly how she liked to be pleased….so, Bone Daddy’s 1st outing was with a beautiful light blue-eyed curly haired blond “hippie chick” who taught him well…..plus, she also introduced him to the very best “sex, drugs and rock n roll” hipster comedians to ever walk the streets of Haight-Ashbury…..who happened to be comedic geniuses, known as Cheech & Chong.….as Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong raised a whole generation with their humorous life style and approach to life as portrayed in their movies and comedy. The influence of Cheech & Chong on the entire “sex, drugs and rock n roll” generation….including Bone Daddy….created lasting memories for a youthful generation as they matured into the Baby Boomer Generation….which is why I am writing and dedicating this story to Cheech & Chong.
Comedy – 1978 – Stand Up Routine – Cheech & Chong Live In Concert
Cheech & Chong are a comedy duo consisting of Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong.….as the duo found commercial and cultural success in the 1970’s and 1980’s with their stand-up routines, studio recordings and feature films….which were based on the hippie and free love era, and especially drug and counterculture movements, most notably their love for cannabis. The duo met in Vancouver, British Columbia, in the mid-1960’s…..as Chong was a Canadian citizen….and Cheech had moved there from southern California to avoid the draft at the height of the Vietnam War. The pair performed stand-up shows, released many successful comedy record albums and starred in a series of low-budget films….as some of their best-known comedy routines and songs include “Earache My Eye”, “Basketball Jones”, “Santa Claus and His Old Lady” and “Sister Mary Elephant”….with perhaps their most famous line is “Dave’s not here” from their self-titled debut album.
Music & Comedy – 1971 – Cheech & Chong – “Santa Claus And His Old Lady”
Music & Comedy – 1974 – Cheech & Chong – “Earache My Eyes” From Up In Smoke Movie
Music & Comedy – 2014 – Cheech & Chong Live in Concert – “Basketball Jones”
Music & Comedy – 1978 – Cheech & Chong Live In Concert – “Sister Mary Elephant”
Their early success culminated with the release of their first feature-length movie, Up in Smoke, in 1978….which became a cult classic….and was also successful enough at the box office while grossing over $44 million despite a low budget….and thus warranted two sequels with Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie in 1980….and Nice Dreams in 1981. These were followed by the less successful Things Are Tough All Over in 1982….and Still Smokin in 1983….then the pair attempted a departure from their “stoner comedy” with 1984’s Cheech & Chong’s The Corsican Brothers. To date, their most recent starring vehicle as a duo was 2014’s Cheech & Chong’s Animated Movie. Tommy Chong directed four of their films…. while co-writing and starring in all seven with Cheech Marin. They also appeared in smaller supporting roles in Graham Chapman’s Yellowbeard and Martin Scorsese’s After Hours. In 1985 the duo released their album Get Out of My Room….. which included the novelty hit song “Born in East L.A.” (based on Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.”)……as tis song later served as the basis for 1987 film of the same title…..in which Cheech Marin played the starring role. Immediately following the release of the album, Cheech Marin separated himself from the pair’s drug-inspired act by working on a solo career.On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Cheech & Chong among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.
Comedy – 1981 – Movie Excerpt – “Nice Dreams” – With Cheech & Chong
The duo spent years without working together after their contentious parting in the 1980’s….but came back together in 1992 for the first time in several years….while voicing characters in the animated film FernGully: The Last Rainforest…..and then in 1997, Chong made an appearance on Marin’s TV series Nash Bridges, in an episode titled “Wild Card”…..which contained a reference to their iconic “Dave” skit from their 1972 debut album. In 2000 both performers voiced characters in the animated television series South Park for the episode “Cherokee Hair Tampons”….but their voices were recorded separately. Both Marin and Chong indicated in a 2003 episode of Biography that they were willing to reunite…..as they had plans to reunite for another film when Chong’s California-based company, Chong’s Glass, was raided by federal officials in February 2003….as part of a federal crackdown on “drug-related paraphernalia”…..when in a plea bargain which allowed his son and wife to remain out of jail, Chong pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to distribute drug paraphernalia in May…..and in September 2003 was sentenced to nine months in federal prison, fined $20,000 and forced to forfeit $120,000 in assets. He was released in July 2004…..where his cellmate was Jordan Belfort.
Comedy – 1974 – Rare Interview With Cheech & Chong