Leroy Pullins

Funny Bones & Hearts

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Leroy Pullins' second album Funny Bones & Hearts pretty much offers more of the same, pushing harder in both the sentimental and novelty directions -- something that is implicit in the title of the album -- and while it doesn't get either quite as purposely or inadvertently strange as I'm a Nut, it does have its moments, most notably the forcefully goofy "Swimming at the Bottom of the Pool" and the Far East fantasia of "Oriental Girl," which ties neatly into the Vietnam war. But the best moments on this second album are Pullins' versions of Billy Edd Wheeler's "The Worst Was Wonderful" and Kris Kristofferson's "Gypsy Rose and I Don't Give a Curse" which suggests that if he had toned down the Roger Miller stylings a bit, he might have had some success as mid-level country pop singer. However, he didn't have a hit with this album, and so he disappeared, leaving behind a truly odd body of work that's worthwhile to '60s country fans with a taste for the truly strange.