Homer & Jethro

The Playboy Song

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Homer & Jethro had a patented formula that worked consistently during their long partnership, which ended only with the death of Homer Haynes. They took familiar folk songs, pop hits, and occasionally whipped up something totally original, tickling the funny bones of country music fans with their deliberately corny vocals. This 1969 budget reissue on the Camden label (which may be missing some of the tracks included on the original LP, due to its stingy total time) has a trio of songs about drinking. "After the Hangover's Over" (utilizing the tune to "After the Party's Over") laments the danger of meeting and marrying under the influence; "Jimmy Drinks Corn" is about the making of moonshine; while "Rye Whiskey" actually has some fine mandolin picking. The duo penned several hilarious gems as well. "Fractured Folk Song" ranks with comedian/pianist Tom Lehrer's "Folk Song Army" though it isn't as well known. "The Funny Farm" (which borrows the melody of "When Johnny Comes Marching Home") may provoke insane laughter with its inclusion of numerous psychiatrist jokes. "I Don't Give a Hoot (For the Nanny)" was inspired by their numerous rehearsals for the TV series Hootenanny. The cover art is a scream, though it is unaccredited; it almost has to be the work of long time Mad Magazine cartoonist Jack Davis.