"Songs Floating Around In My Head"
'70s Edition: 1973
Cheech & Chong "Basketball Jones featuring Tyrone Shoelaces" (#15 in 1973)
I first got turned on to Cheech & Chong in 1972 when I raided my cousin Robert's album collection when he was away from his room at my grandparents' house. I really loved the Los Cochinos album because of the long version of this song. Little did I know at the time that it was former Beatle George Harrison playing guitar on the record. George's friends Klaus Voorman and Billy Preston played bass and organ respectively; Carole King played piano, I mean, that was one far out recording session, man! The song was a parody of Brighter Side Of Darkness's "Love Jones," a #16 hit in '73. The video is from an episode of The Simpsons titled "A Midsummer's Nice Dream." Wikipedia: "Basketball Jones featuring Tyrone Shoelaces" is a song by Cheech and Chong that first appeared on the 1973 album Los Cochinos.
Sung in falsetto by Cheech Marin, playing the title character Tyrone (as in "tie-your-own") Shoelaces, it tells the story of Shoelaces' jones (insatiable desire) for basketball. It is a parody of the No. 16 Billboard Hot 100 song "Love Jones" by Brighter Side Of Darkness. In the album version, the song is preceded by a mock interview with Jones' basketball coach named "Umgwana Kickbooti", in a parody of a Wide World Of Sports interview conducted by a character named "Red Blazer". Musicians who appeared on the record included George Harrison, Billy Preston, Tom Scott, and Carole King (so the record became the highest peaking single on which she appeared during 1973). The Blossoms and Michelle Phillips (from The Mamas & The Papas) performed vocals as cheerleaders on the track.
The song was released as a single in August 1973 and reached No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the only spoof to peak higher than the corresponding original. It was backed with "Don't Bug Me", also from Los Cochinos. To coincide with the graffiti artwork from the album's cover, both sides of the single feature the Ode label covered with graffiti.
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