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Earache My Eye

"Earache My Eye" is a comedy routine and song by Cheech and Chong which "features" Alice Bowie (one of Cheech Marin's characters).

History

It first appeared on Cheech & Chong's Wedding Album (1974) and later on the greatest hits collections Cheech & Chong's Greatest Hit (1981), and Where There's Smoke There's Cheech & Chong, a double-CD anthology from 2002.

Cheech And Chong also lip sync to the recording (with Chong behind the drum kit) in their first movie Up in Smoke (1978). This piece is considered to be one of the greatest novelty audio pieces of all time, and has been featured repeatedly on the Doctor Demento radio program. According to Tommy Chong's autobiography, the famous guitar riff is played by Gaye DeLorme, who also composed the music for the song. Additionally, Chong states that drums on the song are played by famed international percussionist Airto Moreira.

The song was also released as a single in 1974, and reached #9 on the Billboard charts and #4 in Canada. In Chicago, it topped the charts at the powerful and influential Top 40 radio station WLS (AM), holding the #1 position for one week in September 1974, in the middle of an eleven week run on the station's top 40 airplay charts. The B-side, "Turn That Thing Down" (a non-LP track) features the remainder of the musical track, from the point of Marin's monologue about his wealth, without the actual dialogue, complete to its conclusion. It is possible to assemble the full-length version of the song by editing the two sections together. The single version appears on Cheech & Chong's Greatest Hit, fading out before reaching the skit as it appears on the Wedding Album.

Content

"Earache My Eye" consists of a song, followed by a comedy skit. In the opening skit, Tommy Chong plays a punk high school student with an attitude. At the beginning of the piece he's snoring. We hear an alarm clock, and then Chong wakes up noisily. He starts up a heavy metal record, with Cheech Marin singing the lyrics as if he were an Alice Cooper clone. His dad (also played by Cheech), then barges into the room, yells "I said turn that thing down and get ready for school!", and scratches the record. The son complains about an earache, prompting Dad to exclaim, "Earache my eye, how would you like a butt-ache?" He then gets even snottier, provoking Dad to swat him with a belt. When he ridicules the spanking as painless, Dad then whips him into sniveling, outward compliance, which lasts until Dad leaves the room, and he puts the record back on.

Influence

The musical portion of "Earache My Eye", which was written originally by Canadian artist Gaye Delorme, a resident of Vancouver, BC, has been covered by many bands, ranging in styles from heavy metal to hip hop. The comedy-metal group Scatterbrain covered the song on their album Here Comes Trouble. Korn released the song as a hidden track at the end of "My Gift to You" from their 1998 album Follow the Leader, with Cheech Marin appearing as a guest vocalist. The recording was reissued on the compilations Live and Rare and Playlist: The Very Best of Korn, separated from "My Gift to You".

Alternative rockers Rollins Band and Soundgarden both covered the song, and the hip hop group 2 Live Crew used a sample from the song on their 1989 album As Nasty As They Wanna Be. The Canadian power trio Rush have used the song's signature riff live, to end "The Big Money", (whose album version ends with a fade) on the live album A Show of Hands. Toronto's instro-sludge kings Electric Magma have also used the song's main riff in the song titled "The Chong Song" which appears on the 2007 release Coconut Bangers Ball.

Gov't Mule covered the song at the Vic Theatre in Chicago, Illinois on April 15, 2000 with Brodie Hutchinson, soundman, performing the spoken word portion and this is available as a Classic Muletracks.

The Kottonmouth Kings also sampled this classic on the song "Loadies" from their album Cloud Nine.

Trivia

The comedy sketch portion of the song was re-created on an episode of That 70's Show in which Hyde gets a job at the Photo Hut. This episode also marks Chong's first appearance on the show as Leo.

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