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Song of the Day: Cheech & Chong, “Basketball Jones”

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…

Cheech & Chong, “Basketball Jones” – from the album Los Cochinos (1973). The incredible line-up of talent on this song includes George Harrison, Billy Preston and Carole King.

“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.

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is an over-caffeinated and under-employed grad school dropout, aspiring leftwing intellectual and cultural studies academic, cinéaste, and former poet. Raised in San Francisco on classic film, radical politics, burritos and soul music, then set loose upon the world. He spends his time in coffee shops with his laptop and headphones, caffeinating and trying to construct a post-whatever life.

 

What's in a name... The handle "zerode" is a contraction of Zéro de Conduite, the title of Jean Vigo's 1933 movie masterpiece about schoolboy rebellion.

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