Bipolar & Proud

Bipolar & Proud

by Cledus T. Judd


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Bipolar & Proud

Lawyers probably put the stop to it, but up till the last minute, Cledus T. Judd's 2004 release was entitled Cledus Gone Wild! The cover still shows signs of it, but past that and one truly dismal song, Bipolar and Proud should sit proudly in Judd's more hit than miss catalog. Riffing on Toby Keith's "I Love This Bar," "I Love NASCAR" is one of Judd's best and should be a staple of pre-race tailgating parties for years to come. Showing he's a good sport, Keith's short guest appearance adds to Judd's spot-on lyrics. Top drivers get their due, the overabundance of sponsors is noted, and "you can't hear a dang thing once the flag drops" is so true. It's the instant favorite, but it's amazing how clever rewriters Corey Lee Barker and Lee Gibson heard Tracy Lawrence's reflective "Paint Me a Birmingham" and turned it into the hilarious and unexpected "Bake Me a Country Ham" (the cooking tips in the lyrics are actually pretty good advice). One of those rare but great "answer songs," "Paycheck Woman" asks Gretchen Wilson's "Redneck Woman" to get on the stripper pole and bring some money home (and to ignore those Baptists protesting outside). Written by Floridian Brent Burns, "I'm Going Ugly Early Tonight" is the great non-parody song on the album, with Jimmy Buffett-styled wordplay and attitude. "_ is Funny" is the song that doesn't belong, not so much for its juvenile snickering at doody and poop, but because it's another one of those "Look at me! I'm old, white, and rapping!" groaners with horribly rinky-dink production. Despite some last-minute changes and one crap track (couldn't help it), Bipolar and Proud is prime Cledus.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/24/2004
Label: Koch Records
UPC: 0684038980925
catalogNumber: 9809

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cledus T. Judd   Primary Artist,Vocals
Gary Smith   Keyboards
Glen Duncan   Fiddle,Mandolin
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Toby Keith   Vocals
Dennis Burnside   Keyboards
Pat Flynn   Acoustic Guitar
Russ Pahl   Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar
Larry Paxton   Bass,Bass Guitar
Scott Sanders   Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Paul Scholten   Percussion,Drums
Michael Severs   Electric Guitar
Jim Beavers   Background Vocals
Marcia Ramirez   Background Vocals
Troy Lancaster   Electric Guitar
Scotty Emerick   Vocals
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Gary W. Smith   Keyboards
Rick Barker   Harmonica
Trenna Barnes   Background Vocals
Steven Sheehan   Acoustic Guitar
Greg Kahan   Bass
Mike Waldron   Background Vocals
Mike Severs   Guitar

Technical Credits

Chris Clark   Producer,Engineer
Toby Keith   Composer
Rob Matson   Engineer
Craig Wiseman   Composer
Cledus T. Judd   Composer,Producer,Lyric Adaptations,Audio Production
Brent Burns   Composer
Lee Gibson   Lyric Adaptations
Jim Beavers   Composer,Programming
Scotty Emerick   Composer
Christopher Clark   Composer,Lyric Adaptations
Tyler Smith   Engineer
Gretchen Wilson   Composer
Craig Headen   Engineer
Mike Waldron   Composer,Programming,Engineer
Buck Moore   Composer
Bill Whyte   Composer
Gary Duffy   Composer
Chris "P. Cream" Clark   Audio Production

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