Richard Cheese: Richard Cheese (vocals); Martin "Boney" Provolone (trombone); Bobby Ricotta (piano); Wayne String (electric bass); Frank Feta (drums).
On Richard Cheese's Christmas album, Silent Nightclub, it's laughable how far Cheese and his cohorts go to find songs that fit the holiday theme. "Personal Jesus"? Sure. "Do They Know It's Christmas"? Naturally. "Like a Virgin"? Reaching. "I Melt with You" -- um -- why, exactly? Actually, the record could go even further with the premise: why not enliven the songs with some whacked-out Esquivel-style space age bachelor pad arrangements to go with the nod-and-a-wink vocals? ~ Stewart Mason