The group known as "The Drinking Group with a Singing Problem" little suspected that this album would become more than a local phenomenon. Bawdy Parts was hurriedly cut only weeks before it was scheduled to go on sale at the local Renaissance fair, and was intended as a keepsake for impulse buyers who were wowed by their lively performances. This intention could have something to do with a continuing motif that first surfaced on this album, of exhorting listeners to buy the bandmembers a beer or even better, several beers. (Given that there were eight Poxy Boggards on this recording, this is no small expense -- but many people did it anyway.) Bawdy Parts has some rough edges and a few missed cues, but far from detracting from the resulting album, the result is a charming document of a group who values character over sterile perfection, and beer over either. Most of the time the eight voices entwine perfectly on traditional English drinking songs and humorous music written in the same style. One of the exceptions is the final track, a hillbilly pastiche called "Inbred Locals." Though not listed on the CD cover and rarely played at the group's live shows, this number got national airplay on Dr. Demento's show and college radio programs that featured humorous music. At about the same time the group also had a track on Eyesore: A Stab at the Residents tribute album, which drew further attention to this album and the follow-up, Barley Legal. Suddenly the tossed-together album by a mainly a cappella group was getting lots of attention, and the Poxy Boggards were unleashed on an unexpecting world.
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AllMusic Review by Richard Foss