Personnel: Red Peters (vocals); Kook Lawry (vocals, guitar, background vocals); Kook Lawry (vocals, guitar); Mike Payette (vocals, bass guitar); Susan Greenbaum (vocals, background vocals); Cyndi Phillips, Jonathan Craig, Arturo Bambini, Mickey McMahon, Cheryl Hodge, Pat McCann, Bird Taylor, Buck Taylor, Alan Pinchloaf, Lily White (vocals); Les Bian (fiddle); Happy Colon (accordion); Bob Gay (saxophone, horns); Mike Moss, Mike Hunt, Howard Djalykakic, Sean Tracey, Harry Banana, Bill Tracey, Richard Head, Mike Peipman (horns); Helmut Bauber, Al Coholic, Babe Marino (piano); Don Walden (bass guitar); Dave Stefanelli, David Stefanelli, Bob Moses (drums); Sophelia Bush, Tami Young (background vocals); Tracy Bonham (vocals, fiddle, background vocals).
Liner Note Author: Alan Pinchloaf.
Recording information: Century Recording, Boston, MA.
Photographer: Malcolm Hewitt.
A faux retrospective (hosted by a Mr. Alan Pinchloaf) of the naughty and sleazy lounge singer Red Peters, I Laughed, I Cried, I Fudged My Undies is a party record for when the kids go to bed. Peters takes double entendres (sometimes gross, almost always sexual) and stretches them into songs. That's it. That's all he does. Over and over. He's not even what you'd call "clever" and most of these jokes go back to bawdy vaudeville. But Peters is well aware of how simple and stupid his material is and that's what makes the album so much fun. His lounge singer character is a defeated guy who, according to Mr. Pinchloaf, spiraled down his career to the point of entertaining at a Tourette's syndrome benefit (this is the live recording with audience reaction). "How's Your Whole...Family?" and "Ballad of a Dog Named Stains" are the big hits that Howard Stern listeners will be familiar with, but Peters has plenty of good material past that. The happy jig "The Two Gay Irishmen" and the David Seville & the Chipmunks tribute "Holy Shit, It's Christmas!" are not just as good as the hits but also serve to diversify the album -- at least as far as the music. He's too meek to be a misogynist and too dumb to show much malice, which makes him all the more loveable. If you still think fart jokes are funny, dig in. Pinchloaf's faux documentary throughout the disc strings everything together nicely. If you want to play the role of Peters at your next party, there are some Karaoke mixes at the end. ~ David Jeffries