Picks and Pans Review: Jimmy Thudpucker: Greatest Hits
The liner notes, by cartoonist Garry Trudeau, proclaim that Jimmy became “a legend’s legend” by “refusing to patronize Southern California’s fashionable death and dope scene.” Jimmy is actually one of the denizens of Trudeau’s Doonesbury comic strip. (He is the henpecked singer who acts more like Dean Jagger than Mick.) His record is a triumph of subtle satire, from the Dylan parody on I Do Believe to the absurd So Long/ Overture ’73 (“And it took us so long/ so long/ so long to see/ That it was so wrong/ so wrong/ so long to see”). The Thudpucker voice belongs to a real-life singer, of course, whose identity Trudeau says he is sworn to conceal. The guitar riffs credited to the strip’s intimidating studio sideman, “Wah-Wah” Graydon, are actually played by Jay Graydon, on whom the character is based. The folk-rock is pleasant enough to bear repeated listening. Even Uncle Duke should be pleased.