The Judy’s Continue To Haunt The Hearts And Minds Of Texas Music Fans
The band never hit it big outside of Texas despite its genuine potential, and the Press article is an interesting look into the sometimes-peculiar phenomenon of regional popularity. It’s also got a fairly detailed description of early ’80s Texas punk demographics, if you into that kind of thing, as well as a few amusing anecdotes from back in The Good Old Days of the Houston music scene, such as this little anecdote about ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons:
“He said, ‘I think I’m on the guest list,'” Srere remembers. “I said, ‘And your name?’ “‘Well, my name’s Billy Gibbons.’ “‘Really? Oh yes, yes, you’re on here.’ “I asked him, ‘What brings you to the Judy’s?’ He told me his pigs liked the Judy’s.”
There are three, basically equally likely possibilities here: 1) It’s a typo, 2) “Pigs” is a slang term in this context, or 3) Billy used to raise very hip pigs.
Perhaps the most appealing thing about The Judy’s is their ability to be both obscure and pop in just the right measure, a blend so rarely achieved with such success. Check out this short documentary about the band for some great old performance clips, and an adorable explanation of the group’s origins by a young, “aw, shucks” David Bean (lead singer and keyboardist).