The novelty has well-worn off most of Jim Stafford's material, but there is still some homespun giggle left in "Spiders & Snakes," Stafford's claim to fame. "Spiders & Snakes" received ample amounts of airplay on country radio throughout the 1970s, but it managed to give Stafford his highest-numbered single on the pop charts, peaking at number three in December of 1973. His style never strayed from the countrified candor and simple humor that he gave to his biggest hit, which is why three other cuts from his self-titled album made it into the Top 40. "My Girl Bill," "Wildwood Weed," and "Swamp Witch" all followed in "Spiders & Snakes"' footsteps with their pun-filled lyrics and their easy listening melodies, a style that was quite popular during the decade that led to a myriad of one-hit wonders. But "Spiders & Snakes" has a little more substance than Rick Dees' "Disco Duck" or Larry Croce's "Junk Food Junkie," mainly because the song appeals to all ages and also because it contains a bouncy chorus that is catchy and extremely memorable. The lyrics are waggish, juvenile, and playfully sung, which gives way to the song's rustic snicker. All of Stafford's hits were produced by Lobo, who played with him in a band called the Legends along with Gram Parsons in the early '60s. As a solo artist, Lobo had a string of hits himself, most notably "Me and You and a Dog Named Boo" and "I'd Love You to Want Me." Although Jim Stafford's innocent brand of song is no longer prevalent, there's something about the unsophisticated, innocuous air of "Spiders and Snakes" that still takes effect with every listen.