The Cheat Theme Song

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A music video by The Skate Party. Directed by The Cheat.

Cast (in order of appearance): The Cheat, Strong Bad, Homestar Runner, Pikachu

Places: The Cheat's Computer Room

Date: Monday, February 25, 2002

Running Time: 1:20

Page Title: The Cheat Theme Song

DVD: Everything Else, Volume 1

Contents

Transcript

Who's always givin' Strong Bad a hand?
The Cheat! The Cheat!

Who's always messin' up Homestar's plans?
The Cheat! The Cheat!

Who's gonna start a rock and roll band?
The Cheat! The Cheat!

Who's {Homestar Talker voice} Making - Out - With - Marzipan!
The Cheat! The Cheat!

(The Cheat, The Cheat is in the house!)

Who's the man that looks like The Cheat?
The Cheat! The Cheat!

{In falsetto} Who's the one with the yellow feet?
The Cheat! The Cheat!

Who's the dude that moves to the beat?
The Cheat! The Cheat!

Who's the guy from 21 Jump Street?
Not The Cheat! Not The Cheat!

The Cheat!
The Cheat!

{Music ends, cut to Strong Bad, Homestar Runner, and The Cheat in front of Tangerine Dreams.}

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}

STRONG BAD: Um, I dunno, The Cheat, I don't think it was very good... at all. Like, the song was kinda catchy but the visuals were lacking... at best.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: This is the best video game I've ever played.

Easter Eggs

Fun Facts

Inside References

Real-World References

  • 21 Jump Street was a TV-Series that ran from 1987 to 1992, and starred, (among others) Johnny Depp.
  • The Cheat, drawn as one single animated line, may be a reference to La Linea, an old Italian TV show with a slightly choleric person that was drawn in the same style.
  • The line "Who's gonna start a rock and roll band?" is accompanied by a "The Cheat" symbol that looks like the logo for the band Van Halen.
  • The scene with the line "The Cheat is in the house" is reminiscent of the Daft Punk music video "One More Time." The way in which it is performed is most likely a reference to the talk box, a musical device often used by Daft Punk.
  • When the line "who's the guy who looks like the cheat?" Is played, a character called Pikachu runs along the screen.

Fast Forward

  • This song is also heard in the email "band names."
  • The Cheat once again showed affections for Marzipan in Date Nite.
  • This song was the basis of its old-timey counterpart, Ballad of the Sneak.

DVD Version

  • The DVD version features hidden creators' commentary. To access it, switch your DVD player's audio language selection while watching.

Commentary Transcript

(Commentary by: Mike Chapman, Matt Chapman)

MIKE: So, here is the debut of The Cheat's flash animation style, right?

MATT: That's right, Mike!

MIKE: And this song was made by these two guys that just emailed us, Jesse and Josh, who we've, uh, since met.

MATT: Yeah, they're nice boys.

MIKE: They're nice boys. Where're they from, Nashville?

{pause}

MATT: Yes.

MIKE: I think, Tennessee, somewhere?

MATT: I believe so. Sorry, guys!

MIKE: {simultaneously} Anyway, so, they made this song, and uh, it was good, and we liked it. And lots of people thought it was us. Even our sister, like, really thought it was us, even after we put the Skate Party up there, they... "This is you, right"?

MATT: Yeah. Which is a testament to how, you know, it just matched out sensibilities so well! {pause} Umm... what else? I remember you made this in, like, a few hours! I— I was— I went to work; you had sort of messed around with it; I went to work at, like, eleven, of course, and then by, like, four, I think you were done.

MIKE: It'd be nice if we could do updates like that these days!

MATT: {laughs} Yeah, I agree.{pause} Umm, and I think we— did we even decide that it was The Cheat that made it until we kind of thought like, "Oh, we should make it at the end!" Like, I don't think we set out— I think it was set out to be kind of weird and bad.

MIKE: T— Bad Flash video?

MATT: Yeah. {pause} This is the Debut of The Cheat's iMac, too, right— or no, was that— that email come first; I don't remember.

MIKE: {simultaneously} Yeah, I'm not sure.

MATT: Yeah.

MIKE: Tangerine, Matt.

MATT: {simultaneously} Tanqueray. Ta—

MIKE: {simultaneously} Tanqueray and Tab. Ernie McCracken.

Fun Facts

Remarks

Real-World References

  • Ernie McCracken was Bill Murray's role in the movie Kingpin.
  • Tanqueray is a popular brand of gin, and Tab is a diet cola produced by Coca-Cola.

See Also

  • The visuals that occur during the film.

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