Picks and Pans Review: Did I Shave My Back for This?
updated 04/13/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 04/13/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT
The inspired title track, a send-up of Deana Carter's "Did I Shave My Legs for This?" is the highlight of this comedy album, but Judd (no relation to you-know-who) also duets with Buck Owens on "First Redneck on the Internet," a laugh-inspiring takeoff on those satire-ready obsessives, computer junkies. The rest of the album is fun too, including "Hip Hop & Honky Tonk" and "Mindy McCready," a parody of Alan Jackson's "Little Bitty" that lets Cledus indulge his mild obsession with McCready. Unlike Ray Stevens, Riders in the Sky and the Austin Lounge Lizards, his main rivals as Nashville satirists go, Judd can't sing. His pinched tones come no closer to being musical than the caterwauling Candice Bergen does with Motown tunes on Murphy Brown. But Judd (born Barry Poole and raised in a small Georgia town) is consistently funny, even if his wit is more generic Jeff Foxworthy redneck humor than real satire much of the time.
He does have one glaring fault: He's too soft on his subjects. None of the targets of his parodies can be all that offended, and throughout this bubba-bashing album, he never once mentions Bill Clinton or Paula Jones. (Razor & Tie)