Why do I love Cheech & Chong? Before Tommy Chong started playing himself on “That 70s Show,” before Cheech Marin as comic sidekick to Don Johnson’s cop in “Nash Bridges” (ugh) or his much more appealing work in Spy Kids, before their masterful turn as El Nebuloso and El Segundo in the under-appreciated film Yellowbeard, before all of that, there was… “Basketball Jones”:
I don’t remember where I first saw this video – there was no internet, no YouTube back then – but I never forgot it. The internet may be killing off the newspaper, dumbing down public discourse, curtailing freedom and privacy, contributing to global warming, all of that – but I forgive it, for giving me back “Basketball Jones” – “I got more moves than Ex-Lax.”
You probably had to grow up in the 1970s, in inner city America, to really love this song, but I think everyone can enjoy it…
“I need, I need someone to set a pick for me at the free-throw line of life” – Lyrics to Basketball Jones – tribe.net.
If you don’t know Cheech & Chong, check ’em out. Believe it or not, they get even funnier than this.