Lounge Against the Machine

RICHARD CHEESE: Lounge Against the Machine (Oglio)In the grand tradition of CDs like Lounge-A-Palooza and Grunge Lite, Oglio has just released quite possibly the best of the lot--Lounge Against the Machine. With cheesy (no pun intended) covers of all your favorites by groups like Limp Bizkit, Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, this is one of the best CDs of its kind out there. Richard Cheese is made up of Bobby Ricotta on charts and ivories, Gordon Brie on strings and strums, Buddy Gouda on sticks and skins, and the inimitable Cheese on vocals and vodka.

Highlights? Just about the entire CD. For starters, check out The Offspring's "Come Out and Play," U2's "Bullet the Blue Sky," Nirvana's "Rape Me" (introduced as "one for the ladies"), Prodigy's "Smack My Bitch Up" (the band gets to stretch out a bit on this one), and the classic Beastie Boys tune, "Fight For Your Right (to Party)." If that wasn't enough, the liner notes alone are worth the price of the CD, as Mr. Cheese talks about his 'homey' Tony Bennett and the 'technologically superior ultradynamic listening experience' that you're in for. If you like any of the bands mentioned above, this CD is a mandatory addition to your collection.

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