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:

Smorgy Fjeldsted ( says:
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)

Sandy Singer ( says:
I was hoping to hear Ol' Blue Eyes sing one of his most famous songs, Oral Never Smile Again...

Sandy Singer
A DATE WITH SINATRA (12-07-2001)

Christian ( says:
I was jamming with some friends the other day, when I decided to check out some of these snippets. It was too overpowering for us. We're now committed to doing a revival. All together now: "ALEEEEEE!"

P.S. Blipvert: how do you think Havens lost those teeth, eh? heheh (12-01-2001)

Phillip says:
you aint gonna get mah babies, you mutha fuckin tooth decay. I whip yo ass mutha fucka. I take take care of mah keeds. Mah babies smile, you see yourself some white teeth, mm-um. I sees me some tooth decay on they teeth, I go Cleopatra Jones on the mutha fucka. You best believe it, mm-um. (12-01-2001)

cbhash ( says:
I've seen Richie with and without teeth and i find that the hollow chamber that is now his toothless maw, gives a great resonance to his voice. I wouldn't contribute Mr. Seekaydio to your collection, why ruin a perfect thing? (11-28-2001)

craigeleh ( says:
Richie needs a bridge or a plate or something like that. Let's get up a collection. (11-28-2001)

Charlie ( says:
Nonsense! I saw Richie Havens at a show two years ago and he does two have upper teeth...

I think...


Blipvert ( says:
The appearance of Richie Havens on this album is surprising, considering that (as proved by the Woodstock footage) THE MAN HAS NO UPPER TEETH. Wow. (11-21-2001)

david ( says:
What an item the clay/ali tooth decay album is !!!!! What sort of price should I be looking at offering if I advertise "wanted" on our site? (11-21-2001)

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