Retro Records: Ali Vs. Mr. Tooth Decay (1976)

When you think of the late and great Muhammad Ali, I doubt it’s for his LP’s. But he most certainly did a record in 1976 entitled The Adventures of Ali & His Gang vs. Mr. Tooth Decay. To help of course raise awareness for the dental health of children. It was in fact even approved by the American Dental Association.
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Certainly one of the draws to this groovy LP featuring the former Cassius Clay are the guest stars featured on the record. Good friend to the boxer, Howard Cosell, not to mention none other than Ossie Davis. You also have singer-songwriter – Richie Havens and actress/model Jayne Kennedy. As if those names weren’t enough to get you hitting play on the video below already. Would you believe that Frank Sinatra also lends his voice as an store keeper.
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In addition to all of that, this record was made during the United States Bicentennial. So you will of course hear how the boxer affected moments from the United States’ past. In particular in the opening number which is so amazing it might get stuck in your head. So I have given you plenty of warning!

The story for The Adventures of Ali & His Gang vs. Mr. Tooth Decay concerns some bored children. Who are having a meeting at their neighborhood club house. While all of this is going down the villainous Mr. Tooth Decay and his slimy sidekick Sugar Cuber are lurking nearby. Muhammad Ali thankfully meets up with some of the children and visits the clubhouse. Just in time to warn them about the dangers of tooth decay and how to prevent it.

There are numerous temptations of course thrown in the children’s way. Like Frank Sinatra trying to get Ali to buy ice cream for the children. It’s a good thing that there are folks like Brother St. John (Davis) to help the kids and Ali along the way.

Will Muhammad Ali be able to help the children avoid the temptations of Mr. Tooth Decay and Sugar Cuber? Let’s find out on Retro Records as Ali Vs. Mr. Tooth Decay!

[Via] Muhammad Ali – Topic

While the record was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1977. For Best Recording for Children, it sadly didn’t win. Even with that awesome opening theme song.

That wasn’t his first Grammy nomination however.

Muhammad Ali released the spoken word album I am the Greatest in 1963!


Thanks to Sids 60s Sounds you can listen to the single for that very album.

Scream Factory Unleashes Bubba Ho-Tep!

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With Bubba Ho-Tep Don Coscarelli delivers an absolutely stunning film. Of course being a devotee to Coscarelli’s Phantasm series and 1982’s The Beastmaster might make that statement suspect. However I would point out that Coscarelli not only created a movie that has laughs, scares, but heart.

Furthermore Bubba Ho-Tep manages to combine all of that and it works. As a matter of fact it does more than work it as it trancends it’s source material. When all is said and done, Coscarelli gifts the audience with a poignant movie about not just battling evil – but the very real fear of growing old and being left behind.

Of course Bubba Ho-Tep is also about Elvis Presley and John F. Kennedy fighting an evil mummy. With the battleground chosen being none other than a retirement home. John F. Kennedy by the way happens to be wheelchair bound and played by the late great Ossie Davis. Did I forget to mention that Bruce Campbell portrays Elvis Presley?
Bubba Ho-Tep

Yeah. To say this movie is in fact magical is an understatement.

[Via] Scream Factory TV
I am happy to add that Scream Factory is releasing the Collector’s Edition on Blu-Ray this Tuesday!

So what is Bubba Ho-Tep about?

An ancient evil in the form of a mummy begins to stalk the elderly residents of the Shady Rest Retirement Home. After all who best to prey on than those who are ignored and in some cases too weak to defend themselves?

Thankfully to put a stop to the threat – or at least try to is Elvis and JFK. It should go without saying that a running gag throughout the film is whether these two men…are just crazy. But the strength of Coscarelli’s direction and his screenplay which is based on the story by Joe R. Lansdale – in addition to the powerhouse performances by Campbell and Davis keep you emotionally invested throughout.

Having said that the film never forgets that in the end it belongs to the horror genre.

So did Scream Factory load up the Blu Ray with goodies?

Are you kidding? Of course they did. Thank you, thank you very much.

  • NEW Audio Commentary With Author Joe R. Lansdale
  • NEW All Is Well – An Interview With Writer/Director Don Coscarelli
  • NEW The King Lives! – An Interview With Star Bruce Campbell
  • NEW Mummies And Make-up – An Interview With Special Effects Artist Robert Kurtzman
  • Audio Commentary By Don Coscarelli And Bruce Campbell
  • Audio Commentary By “The King”
  • Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary By Don Coscarelli And Bruce Campbell
  • “The Making Of Bubba Ho-Tep” Featurette
  • “To Make A Mummy” Make-up And Effects Featurette
  • “Fit For A King” Elvis Costuming Featurette
  • “Rock Like An Egyptian” Featurette About The Music Of Bubba Ho-Tep
  • Joe R. Lansdale Reads From Bubba Ho-Tep
  • Archival Bruce Campbell Interviews
  • Music Video
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spot
  • Still Gallery

So you can totally get off work or school on Tuesday and watch the elections. However I would offer that you could totally go out and pick up Bubba Ho-Tep on Blu-Ray. So why not spend the evening with Elvis and JFK for some laughs and fears – and explosions?

If you don’t feel like heading out you can still pre-order your copy at Scream Factory!