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!

Ali and His Gang vs. Mr. Tooth Decay
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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.

Your Comments:

Braden says:
Keebler Elves!
Little Fucking KEEBLER Elves (07-15-2002)

Braden says:
I want to see the "New" Ali fight the Keeble Elves. He might be able to take them as long as they don't all gang up on him at once.
Those little fuckers are tough! (07-15-2002)

YOURE ALL BASTARDS! I HATE BABIES AND PUPPIES. I VOMIT ON O.A.P'S. FUCK YOU ALL! -got a problem? email me - (07-15-2002)

Joe says:
Yo, that's Ossie Davis he's talking to in Track #3 (Flouride), not Richie Havens. (07-12-2002)

Sara ( says:
WOW, I wish I could have seen the bloody fight, and I hope no one was hurt in the battle!!!!!!
*LOL* spread the love!~@$#$@~! (07-12-2002)

popo ( says:
where do i get the songs from i wanna hear them!!!! (07-12-2002)

Jon Sanders says:
Oh my God Cosell is funny. (07-12-2002)

Tim Lambrecht says:
Did Ali ever battle the cavity creeps? (07-11-2002)

George Workman says:
I'm incredulous: how insensitive of people to blame Ali for everything. For shame! (07-11-2002)

Burton C Bell ( says:
hmmmmm, im not impressed. (07-11-2002)

Steve C ( says:
The Herbaliser sampled this on their track 'Wall Crawling Insect Breaks', I think. I wondered where that sample came from. (07-11-2002)

narkspud says:
And by the way, they reworked this LP a couple years later to add President Jimmy Carter to the celebrity lineup. He's on the cover, smilin' with those decay-free teeth. Pressed on white vinyl too. (07-10-2002)

d ( says:
ok what the hell? (07-09-2002)

old man says:
Back in my day, there was no VH1 or BET or MTV or CD's or rap music. All we had were educational records like this... Oh, and heroin. Lots and lots of heroin. (07-09-2002)

Pocket Rocket says:
I laughed so hard that my Vanilla Coke almost came out of my nose. Were the dangers of this sugary drinks leaving the nose dealt with later in the album?

You know, I think coke going into someone's nose got this thing made. (07-09-2002)

xotisreddingx ( says:
damnit, ali is definitely one tricky fox of a boxer. i never knew he was into all that shady stuff dealing with our nations founding. (07-09-2002)

DF says:
Say what you will. It made me go and brush my teeth! (07-08-2002)

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Porkface says:
Too bad Ali couldn't fight brain decay.

:( (07-08-2002)

destiny says:
I remember buying this record for 25 out of a clearance bin at Woolworth's when I was nine. I'm pretty sure it affected my mental (and dental) development. (07-08-2002)

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