Not every rock, pop, or rap tune sounds good jazzified. If you tune your radio dial to that yucky thing called smooth jazz, you'd better have a barf bag handy. But Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine, the LOL cover band from the nation's capital of jazz corniness, Los Angeles, is a much different sack of cheeseballs. Not only do these cats play the crap out of any genre and make it sound awesome, with hard-swinging, cocktail bar arrangements, but frontman Mark Davis gets fingers snapping and heads nodding with troubadourian, Sinatra-sounding vocals. Davis, who grew up in west Phoenix, is well aware that his ensemble is a joke band — the group's repertoire includes lounge-style imaginings of Prodigy's "Smack My Bitch Up," Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice," and Beyoncé's "Naughty Girl" — so he lays on the Vegas-style stage persona extra thick for all of the Dick-Heads (fans of Mister Dick Cheese). One decade and eight albums into their career — including the group's latest effort, Viva la Vodka, which features 2 Live Crew's "Me So Horny" and the theme from WKRP in Cincinnati — the formula still works.
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