Ali and His Gang vs. Mr. Tooth Decay
Muhammad Ali and friends take on the evils of sugary snacks.
I'd heard about this record years ago, and it sounded pretty good. I finally picked up a copy the other day, and -- sweet jesus -- this thing is better than anything I could have hoped for. It could be the single best record I own.
Start with Muhammad Ali spending 40 minutes discussing tooth decay. Add appearances by celebrity guest stars like Frank Sinatra and Richie Havens, a bunch of kids, and some truly wooden dialog straight out of a dental textbook. Throw in a song that doesn't make any sense. And if that isn't enough for you, top it off with narration by Howard Cosell.
It was more than enough for me. A sugar high is nothing compared to what I felt listening to this treasure. One track isn't enough. You want to listen to the whole thing straight through, like I did, and you want to do it twice to catch all the details. Then you want to play it in your car. Your walkman. Your bathroom -- while brushing and flossing your teeth, of course. One thing is for sure, I'll never look at ice cream the same way again.
Oh, and one more thing -- check out this amazing artwork from the back cover featuring trippy cartoon versions of Ali and the gang relaxing in Brother St. John's organic garden. Far out!
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|Theme Song (MP3)||Who put the crack in the Liberty Bell? What the??|
|Ice Cream (Real Audio)||Shopkeeper Frank Sinatra tries to sell evil Ice Cream to the kids.|
|Flouride (Real Audio)||Ali and (I think) Richie Havens discuss the benefits of Flouride.|
|The Fight Scene (Real Audio)||Howard Cosell does the play-by-play. Really sick stuff.|
It's really easy for me to wax nostalgic over the good ol' days when heavyweight boxers still cared about dentistry. You would think that Mike Tyson would be just a little bit more considerate and show some pride and brush his snaggle-tooth demonic grin once in a while. If he's gonna be biting Evander Holyfield's ears and Lennox Lewis's leg --and generally be using biting as a career move--the least he could do is floss now and then. I think he'd have to use some twine for the gap between his two front teeth though. (01-24-2002)
says: Sandy Singer
says: P.S. Blipvert: how do you think Havens lost those teeth, eh? heheh
P.S. Blipvert: how do you think Havens lost those teeth, eh? heheh (12-01-2001)
says: I think...
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