WriterCheech Marin Initial release1985 Music directorCheech Marin, Tommy Chong
CastCheech Marin (Himself / Ian Rotten), Tommy Chong (The Man), John Paragon (Robert Walters), Beverly D'Angelo (Harriet), Cassandra Peterson (Elvira), Jan-Michael Vincent (Immigration Officer) Similar moviesHalloween, Straight Outta Compton, Nice Dreams, The Big Lebowski, Falling Down, The Last Joint Venture
Get out of my room trailer 1985
Get Out of My Room is an album and short-form video featuring comedians Cheech & Chong, released in 1985. The album and video marked the last release by the longtime comedy duo, with Cheech leaving in 1986 in order to focus on his mainstream acting career. The opening track "Born In East L.A." and "I'm Not Home Right Now" were the only singles released for the album.
The video was very different from the album. A 53-minute film, Get Out of My Room, was a mockumentary in the style of This Is Spinal Tap, written and directed by Cheech Marin. In the film, he and Tommy Chong are shown attempting to finish a "video album" for their novelty record Get Out of My Room. In between fake interview segments and behind the scenes footage, we are shown music videos for the songs "Get Out of My Room", "I'm Not Home Right Now", "Love Is Strange", and "Born in East L.A.". In the video's story, the duo find themselves overworked and over-budget in an attempt to finish the four music videos featured in the film. The video also features lively cameos from Cassandra Peterson (Elvira, Mistress of the Dark), Beverly D'Angelo, John Paragon, Evelyn Guerrero (who played "Donna" in three of their previous films), Playboy Playmate Alana Soares and her sister Leilani Soares.
In the "Get Out of My Room" music video, Cheech plays Ian Rotten, the egotistic control-freak leader of a British punk rock group, and Chong plays 'The Man', an American guitarist who plays for the group. Both have been set up in a gym to record the music video for their song. Several basketball players show up, and play a game in the background, despite Rotten's complaints. The two begin to pretend to play the song (Ian lip-synching badly, and Man not even trying to synch up his actions with the recording). The special effects work poorly, Ian's costume looks ridiculous, and Man is too busy paying attention to the female gymnasts to even try to make the video look good. Patti Heid, Cheech's 2nd wife art directed the videos.
A shortened 30-minute version was shown on Showtime in 1986.
The songs "Get Out of My Room" and "Born in East L.A." became novelty hits, and received regular airtime on MTV. "Born in East L.A." was later made into a film of the same name, a Cheech Marin solo effort that he wrote, directed and starred in.
Get Out of My Room was released on DVD in the United Kingdom, but not in the United States, where it is only available on VHS. The album remained unavailable on compact disc until it was finally re-released in 2002.