Los Cochinos

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Los Cochinos
LosCochinos.jpg
Studio album by Cheech & Chong
Released August 1973
Recorded 1973
Genre Comedy
Length 42:39
Label Ode Records/ Warner Bros. Records/ WEA
Producer Lou Adler
Cheech & Chong chronology
Big Bambu
(1972)Big Bambu1972
Los Cochinos
(1973)
Cheech & Chong's Wedding Album
(1974)Cheech & Chong's Wedding Album1974
Los Cochinos
Inner cover.
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".

Packaging[edit]

The album cover of Los Cochinos had concept origination, design and art direction by Peter Corriston. The package design was nominated for a Grammy award. The first production release of this album on long playing vinyl was an example of the elaborate album art of the era. 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. Subsequent re-pressings of the recording have not replicated the die-cut packaging.

The credits and track listing consisted of a black and white photograph of hand written graffiti also on a car door (four pairs of feet suggestively situated in the driver's side window) enclosed on a single sheet in the album. Additional graffiti includes the early 1970s arithmetic statement:

  2 Good
+ 2 Be
________
4 Gotten,

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

Reception and performance[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]

In a review of the album published in Rolling Stone, Janet Maslin found Cheech and Chong's humor to be running thin by this point, asking, "is this really the best we can do for comedy? (...) There's nothing funny about it."[2] Nevertheless, the album not only matched the chart performance of Big Bambu by reaching #2 on the Billboard Albums Chart, but also earned the duo their one and only Grammy for Best Comedy Recording at the 16th Grammy Awards.

Track listing[edit]

All material written by Thomas Chong and Cheech Marin.

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."Sergeant Stadanko"6:31
2."Peter Rooter"0:20
3."Up His Nose"3:24
4."Pedro and Man at the Drive-Inn"12:44
Side two
No.TitleLength
1."The Strawberry Revival Festival"3:24
2."Don't Bug Me"1:27
3."Evelyn Woodhead Speed Reading Course"0:36
4."Les Morpions"5:55
5."Cheborneck"1:12
6."White World of Sports"3:02
7."Basketball Jones by Tyrone Shoelaces and Rap Brown Jr. H.S. Band"4:04

Personnel[edit]

  • Guitar – George Harrison
  • Bass – Klaus Voorman
  • Organ – Billy Preston
  • Electric Piano – Carole King
  • Piano – Nicky Hopkins
  • Horns – Dick "Slyde" Hyde, George Bohanon, Paul Hubinon
  • Percussion – Jim Keltner
  • Drums – Jim Karsten
  • Saxophone – Tom Scott
  • Cheerleaders (The Blossoms: Darlene Love, Fanita James, Jean King and Michelle "Trixie" Phillips)
  • Written-By – Cheech Marin, Thomas Chong except "Basketball Jones by Tyrone Shoelaces and Rap Brown Jr. H.S. Band".

Production[edit]

  • Producer – Lou Adler
  • Engineer – Norm Kinney
  • Recorded By [All Recording-Studio-Live-Mixing And More], Mixed By – Bongo Norm Kinney
  • Artwork [Collages] – Paul Zammit
  • Artwork [Tinting] – Andy Reichline, Reed Hutchinson
  • Design – Peter Corriston
  • Photography By – Ed Caraeff

"Evelyn Woodhead Speed Reading Course"[edit]

This track is a parody of the numerous speed reading courses available in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s, written by Cheech and Chong. The title specifically refers to the Evelyn Wood course.

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

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"[edit]

The album's final track, "Basketball Jones featuring Tyrone Shoelaces", is a music track which features George Harrison on guitar, Carole King, Billy Preston, Jim Keltner, Klaus Voormann, Nicky Hopkins, Jim Karstein and Tom Scott, with Darlene Love, Fanita Jones, Jean King, Ronnie Spector and Michelle Phillips (The Mamas & the Papas) as cheerleaders.[3] Animated in 1974, parts of this music video were featured in the 1979 movie Being There. This track was also released as a single and reached #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #36 in Canada.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Maslin, Janet (November 22, 1973). "Los Cochinos". Rolling Stone. Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc. (148): 82. 
  3. ^ "Basketball Jones featuring Tyrone Shoelaces" (TXT). a searchable database of over 200,000 text files on a variety of subjects. Higher Intellect. Retrieved 2008-03-01.