Tricky Dick

We have nothing against one-hit wonders, except the ones who don’t realize the jig is up. Take the ’90s band Dread Zeppelin – please! The group’s brilliant come-on lasted about five minutes. Some 15 years later, Tortelvis and crew are still delivering the same peanut-butter-and-banana-sandwich punchline. Sad.

The one-hit wonderdom of Richard Cheese – self-proclaimed “hardest-working Dick in show business” – seems to have more legs. Here’s the setup: The Vegas-based crooner and his band, Lounge Against the Machine, translate hardcore alt shit into the sleazy-swank milieu. Their covers – showcased on albums such as I’d Like a Virgin, Aperitif for Destruction, and Dick at Nite – include Radiohead’s “Creep,” Limp Bizkit’s “Nookie,” System of a Down’s “Chop Suey,” and 2 Live Crew’s “Me So Horny.” The quartet also does a mean version of the theme from Indiana Jones. Sassy.

Sat., June 7, 8 p.m., 2008
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Clay McNear
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