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Los Cochinos
Studio album by Cheech & Chong
Released 1973
Genre Comedy
Label Ode Records/ Warner Bros. Records/ WEA
Producer Lou Adler
Professional reviews
Cheech & Chong chronology
Big Bambu
(1972)
Los Cochinos
(1973)
Cheech & Chong's Wedding Album
(1974)
Los Cochinos
Inner cover.

Los Cochinos ("The Pigs") is a 1973 comedy album recorded by Cheech & Chong. The Spanish term cochino is a derogatory way of referring to a pig, as it also means "dirty", in contrast to cerdo, a more neutral word for a pig as an animal. In this context, "cochino" ("[dirty] pig") equates to the American derogatory term "pig" for policeman.

LP packaging: The first production release of this album on long playing vinyl was an example of the high quality album art from the day. Unlike the subsequent re-pressings of the recording, the packaging of the first release included a die cut cover showing a car door and another die cut cardboard inner cover showing the usually sealed parts of a car door (which contained baggies of marijuana); the cardboard edge of the opening of the cover was cut decoratively around the windshield in the upper right corner.

The credits and track listing was a black and white photograph of hand written graffiti also on a car door (four pairs of feet suggestively situated in the drivers side window) enclosed on a single sheet in the album. Additional graffiti includes the early seventies arithmatic statement:

  2 Good
+ 2 Be
________
4 Gotten,

a "↑ Made in U.S.A." and the classic "Wash Me!"

Track listing

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Side 1

  1. "Sargent Stadanko" (Thomas Chong and Cheech Marin) – 6:31
  2. "Peter Rooter" (Thomas Chong and Cheech Marin) – :20
  3. "Up His Nose" (Thomas Chong and Cheech Marin) – 3:24
  4. "Pedro And The Man At The Drive-Inn" (Thomas Chong and Cheech Marin) – 12:44

Side 2

  1. "The Strawberry Revival Festival" (Thomas Chong and Cheech Marin) – 3:24
  2. "Don't Bug Me" (Thomas Chong and Cheech Marin) – 1:27
  3. "Evelyn Woodhead Speed Reading Course" (Thomas Chong and Cheech Marin) – :36
  4. "Les Morpions" (Thomas Chong and Cheech Marin) – 5:55
  5. "Cheborneck" (Thomas Chong and Cheech Marin) – 1:12
  6. "White World of Sports" (Thomas Chong and Cheech Marin) – 3:02
  7. "Basketball Jones" by Tyrone Shoelaces & Rap Brown Jr. H.S. Band featuring George Harrison, Klaus Voorman, Jim Karsten, Jim Keltner, Carole King, Nicky Hopkins, Tom Scott, Billy Preston, Horny Guys (George Bohanon, Dick "Slyde" Hyde, Paul Hubison), Sister Mary Elephant, Santana Street School 6th Grade Class, Cheerleaders (The Blossoms: Darlene Love, Fanita Jones, Jean King and Michelle "Trixie" Phillips) (Thomas Chong and Cheech Marin) – 3:02 [1]

Evelyn Woodhead Speed Reading Course

A parody of the numerous speed reading courses available in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s written by Cheech and Chong that first appeared on the 1973 album Los Cochinos. The title specifically refers to the Evelyn Wood course.

Voiced by Cheech Marin, the piece begins with the words delivered phonetically:

Ever since I took the Evelyn Woodhead sped reddin' course, my reddin' has [Tommy carefully sounds out the syllables somewhat incorrectly] im-PRO-vid one hundred percent. I recommend the Evelyn Woodhead sped reddin' course to all mah friends out there, and you tell 'em you heard it here first on Roller Derby

The short spoken word testimonial style skit was an efficient parody of commercials that were prevalent on the television and radio stations in that era.

Basketball Jones

The album's final track, "Basketball Jones featuring Tyrone Shoelaces," is a music track which features George Harrison on guitar, Carole King, Billy Preston and Tom Scott, with Darlene Love, Fanita Jones, Jean King and Michelle Phillips (The Mamas & the Papas) as cheerleaders.[2] Animated in 1974, parts of this music video were featured in the 1979 movie Being There. This track was also released as the single Basketball Jones featuring Tyrone Shoelaces and reached #36 in Canada.

References

  1. ^ (1973) Album notes for Los Cochinos ©#!!* by Cheech y Chong [CD].
  2. ^ "Basketball Jones featuring Tyrone Shoelaces" (TXT). a searchable database of over 200,000 text files on a variety of subjects. Higher Intellect. http://www.preterhuman.net/texts/lyrics_and_music_related/unsorted_lyrics/basketball_jones_featuring_tyrone_shoelaces.txt. Retrieved 2008-03-01.  

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