Love I Got a Basketball Jones
posted by April 2 at 14:02 PMon
One of the more random songs Seling extracted from my music collection during our Justify Your Pod session was the lost classic “Basketball Jones.”
I remember seeing a cartoon for “Basketball Jones” when I was a wee lad; through the miracle of Napster I found an MP3 online back around 2000 and discovered the song was by Cheech & Chong. Through the uber-miracle of YouTube, I’ve finally found the cartoon.
Turns out it’s even better than I remember: a campy, hand-drawn blaxsploitation sendup from the mid-’70s, voiced by Cheech and/or Chong, with mufuggin George Harrison playing guitar and Billy Preston on keys (!). Apparently it was featured in the Peter Sellers movie Being There, which I’ve seen, but don’t remember including any cartoon segments. The song-story is a campy gospel-like anthem about a boy named Tyrone Shoelaces and his all-consuming basketball addiction that eventually takes over the whole world. Cameos include Chick Hearn and Bill Russel (sorta).
“I need help, ladies and gentlemens! I need someone to set a pick for me at the freethrow line of life!”