I scream, you scream

By DAVID MASHBURN  |  August 27, 2007

6.  Ice Cream Bang—During the Reno 911 episode “Fireworks,” the bumbling Reno police force bust an ice cream truck for illegally selling fireworks. In this scene, they celebrate their success in making the streets of Reno safer until Dangle shoots a bottle rocket into the truck, igniting the store of fireworks. It doesn't get any more patriotic than this. Dumb cops + ice cream truck + fireworks = Happy Birthday America!

5.  Pimp My Ice Cream Truck—On “Pimp My Ride” Xzibit pimps an ice cream truck driver's dilapidated ride to help keep him from going out of business. The Simpsons spoof the episode, and Otto pimps Homer's rundown ice cream truck. “Remember that crappy ice cream truck I bought,” Homer asks Lisa. “Well, sink your rotting teeth into this.” An interminably long scene showing off the pimped truck to the tune of “Get Your Freak On” is followed by an even longer scene of Homer dressing as an ice cream man in a parody of “Da Ali G Show's” opening scene. Not the writer's best work.

4.  Ice Cold Bling—In The Ice Cream Man — Master P's follow-up album to The Ghettos Trying to Kill Me and 99 Ways to Die — Master P continues to explain the sundry and subtle ways the ghetto's trying to kill him. He comes up with around 99. The video for the album's eponymous song, “Mr. Ice Cream Man,” shows Master P rapping and selling ice cream out of the back of a truck. The best line: “Mr. Ice Cream Man or call me Master P / I got that 2 for 3 / call me if you need some D.” Is that “D” for “dairy” or “d'lite”?

3.  Tricked Out Truck—In this Family Guy clip Herbert asks Brian for “a car tricked out to look like an ice cream truck.” Then he sings the ice cream jingle. The clip doesn't actually have an ice cream truck in it but it does demonstrate just how annoying that jingle can be. Can we get a law enacted against bad “Family Guy” clips instead?

2.  Running with Ice Cream—David Lee Roth and Van Halen cover John Brim's "Ice Cream Man" on their self-titled first album. In this clip, Roth seduces a crowd of 300,000 at a 1983 festival in California. He croons, “I'm your ice cream man, stop me when I'm passin' by / See now all my flavors are guaranteed to satisfy.” And the crowd literally melts beneath Roth's bleached hair and vocals. Who needs the devil when you're the ice cream man?

1.  Special Ice Cream—Cheech and Chong's third film, Nice Dreams, gave enterprising drug dealers a new outlet to sell their wares. In the movie, Cheech and Chong inject their ice cream with their favorite herb to make “Happy Herb's Nice Dreams.” Since the film's release, the ice cream truck cover has been copycatted by drug dealers countless times, proving that ice cream trucks aren't just for children because I can't think of anything that goes better together. Thank you Mr. Ice Cream Man.

 

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