Picks and Pans Review: Under the Double Ego

updated 04/25/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/25/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Kinky Friedman

Kinky, a Texan, affects a sort of Panhandle gangster look, with dark glasses and a big cigar. He used to call his act "Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys" and recorded such tunes as Ride 'Em, Jewboy. He once said that "cowboys and Jews are the only two groups of people in the world to wear their hats indoors and attach a certain amount of importance to it." But on this album he reveals the awful truth: Kinky is not only straight but he's a softy. The best example of this revelation, which could cause mirror-shattering disillusionment in some country bars, is Marilyn and Joe, which was written by Friedman and Sharon Howard and includes the lines "There is a place where you can go/Where Marilyn still dances with DiMaggio/And Juliet with Romeo/And the name of the place is love." But there's also a charming, melancholy lost-love song, Hello, Good Mornin', which Kinky wrote with Ronee Blakley and sings here in a duet with Chris O'Connell. There's even that Pollyanna anthem by A.P. Carter and Gary Garett, Keep on the Sunnyside. Friedman hasn't completely lost his bite, however, as he demonstrates with a grittier lyric in Twirl. This is a simple, unadorned country-pop LP—a little too unadorned in a couple of spots—but it makes up in wit and honesty what Kinky lacks in the voice department. (If you can't locate it in your local record store, this LP is available for $12 through Sunrise Records, P.O. Box 9157, Austin, Texas 78766.)

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