Sunday, September 17, 2006

Lemming's Artist of the Week: Richard Cheese

By Kanrei

Richard Cheese is something that must be heard to be believed. I will describe him here, but I guarantee that it will not do him justice. The man is just beyond belief.

Imagine if you will a world where Frank Sinatra sings “People=Shit" by Slipknot. A place where Tony Bennett sings “Freak on a Leash” by Korn. A place where the gangster rap of “Gin and Juice” is put to a ragtag swing. That is where you will find Richard Cheese.

In the Richard Cheese you find Motley Crue’s “Girls, Girls, Girls” wander into Van Morrison’s “Brown-Eyed Girl” only to end with the Beastie Boy’s “Girls” all done without missing a beat. Then there is the genius of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” done as a hybrid “Mr. Sandman”/ lullaby tune.

This man is not parody, he is loving tribute. Songs you love and songs you hate as well as songs you have never heard before come to life in new ways that are guaranteed to put a smile on your face and keep your foot tapping. It is almost like the perfect way to introduce your grandparents to today’s music.

The main style Richard Cheese uses is big band swing, but there are many jazz-based forms to his sound from calypso and salsa to a waltz and bebop. His voice is perfect for the style of music and he is certainly a talented song writer who takes other's lyrics and melodies and makes them his own.

This is a short and sweet plug for this week’s Lemming Artist of the Week. Richard Cheese has six albums out. You have heard him if you have seen the remake of “Dawn of the Dead”. He did the “Down with the Sickness” swing used for the montage scene.

There is no way anyone can hear this and not laugh out loud. How can you resist "The Girl is Mine" by Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney performed as a duet between Richard Cheese and Steven Hawking that breaks down to the two fighting over who she really loves?

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"Baby Got Back" from Jimmy Kimmel Live


vrwc said...

That sounds awesome!, you should do a review on "hayseed dixie"

Kanrei said...

I think saw that band on Emusic. They have an AC/DC cd, right?

RexZeitgiest said...

It ain't easy, being cheesy

vrwc said...

I borrowed a cd from a friend and put on "Hells Bells" Do not do this while driving! It's simultaneously very good and extremely funny.
Another that I like is apocalyptica, (the four cellos do Metallica)