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There is no phrase in the English language more frightening or oxymoronic than "country comedy," so how is it that Lambchop's homage to cornpone comedian Whitey Ford is so wonderful? For starters, there's Kurt Wagner's lovely, chiming melody and superb lyric, including an opening couplet -- "Like a scowling Father Dowling/Between the job site and the crapper" -- that's as enigmatically hilarious as anything the group's recorded; there's Deanna Varagona's beautiful, whispered harmonies; and there's the weirdly perfect symmetry of Nashville's most smart-ass country band paying what seems to be a straight-faced tribute to a brand of satire so seemingly antithetical to their own; when the lyrics quote Ford's tagline, "I'm going back to the wagon, boys/These shoes are killin' me!," if you didn't know better you'd swear the line was a Wagner original. Added bonus: B-side "Playboy, the Shit" has the best title ever.

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