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  • Approval of God: Many of his parodies' targets have approved of his takes on their songs. For instance:
    • Shania Twain apparently liked "Any Gal of Mine" (based on her own "Any Man of Mine"), as she made cameos in some of his videos.
    • Toby Keith liked Cledus' parodies of his songs enough to write "Starkissed" for him and sing duet vocals on "I Love NASCAR" (a takeoff of his own "I Love This Bar").
    • Luke Bryan tweeted that he enjoyed the late-2014 ribbing of him in "Luke Bryan" (a parody of "Blurred Lines").
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    • CJ Solar, one of the writers of Morgan Wallen's "Up Down", reacted positively to the parody "(Weight's Goin') Up Down, Up Down".
  • Artist Disillusionment: According to this Billboard article, Cledus wanted to quit and focus on his radio career because "I'm tired of the traveling, and I just don't know if I'm funny anymore." Then his seven-year-old daughter told him, "Dad, here's the deal. If you quit being funny, then I'm not going to be happy anymore…You're funny, and you'll always be my daddy. So, you just keep singing, and wherever you're at, I'll just come and sit in the front row, and cheer you on."
  • Creator Couple: He was briefly married to singer Julie Reeves. His previous wife, Kim Winters, sang female vocals on his early albums.
  • Development Hell:
    • According to a 2000 article, his next album after Juddmental was supposed to be titled Songs to Eat By. He was also in talks to publish an autobiography and record a duet with "Weird Al" Yankovic, but neither happened.
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    • Boogity, Boogity was originally supposed to be released in 2005, but Koch Records closed before he could release it, so it ended up moving to Curb in 2007.
  • Executive Meddling: Averted. Garth Brooks originally didn't want him to parody the Trisha Yearwood duet "In Another's Eyes" as "In Another Size", but Garth later changed his mind.
  • Hitless Hit Album: I Stoled This Record went gold even though none of its singles charted.
  • In Memoriam: The video for "Every Light in the House Is Blown" ("Every Light in the House" by Trace Adkins) ends with "Cledus and Trace wish to recognize the late Kent Robbins, the songwriter for 'Every Light in the House Is On.'[sic] Kent, we miss you."
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes:
    • "Grandpa Got Runned Over by a John Deere" had a non-album single on the B-side: "I Hate It, So Shove It", a parody of Tim McGraw's "I Like It, I Love It" about the O. J. Simpson trials. The only proof this B-side even exists is a single column in Billboard.
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    • In 1999, he released a parody of Baz Luhrmann's "Everybody's Free to Wear Sunscreen" titled "Everybody's Free (To Get Sunburned)" which was never put on an album.
    • The two extended plays in 2003 had limited runs, so most of the songs from them are hard to find. Particularly A Six Pack of Judd, since it was issued right before Monument Records closed its Nashville branch.
    • Three later songs, "Illegals" (2007), "Tiger by the Tail (The Tale of Tiger Woods)" (2009 parody of Buck Owens' "I've Got a Tiger by the Tail"), and "Redneck Christmas" (2010 duet with Deborah Allen) — were also never put on an album. There do not appear to be any circulating copies of "Illegals" anywhere, either.
  • No-Hit Wonder: His highest charting song ("I Love NASCAR") only got to #48, but he's had a two-decade career regardless.
  • Unintentional Period Piece:
    • "Gone Funky" references, among other things, Salt-N-Pepa, 2 Live Crew, and Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice".
    • "Quit Teasin' Me Ed" refers to Ed McMahon's appearances for the sweepstakes company American Family Publishers, which went out of business in 1998.
    • "1-900-Sheila": 900 numbers went out of vogue in the late 90s.
    • "Christ-Mas" references Tickle Me Elmo.
    • "My Cellmate Thinks I'm Sexy" (Kenny Chesney's "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy") is a reference to an incident in 2000 when Kenny and Tim McGraw got arrested after stealing a Mounted Reserve Deputy's horse.
    • "It's a Great Day to Be a Guy" references Ally McBeal, and "More Beaver" name-drops Seinfeld and Home Improvement, plus "Nick at Nite" reruns of older shows.
    • "Don't Mess with America" (Brooks & Dunn's "Only in America") could not be anymore obviously tied to the era right after 9/11.
    • "Natalie, Martie, and Emily" (Brad Paisley's "Celebrity"), besides being tied to the Dixie Chicks' Creator Killer moment in 2003, has the line "You are The Weakest Link, goodbye!", a reference that was dated even then — and only even more dated when the song reappeared on Bipolar and Proud a year later.
    • "Waitin' on Obama" (Brad Paisley's "Waitin' on a Woman") references Barack Obama's election in 2008.
    • "Let's Burn One" centers on the novelty of illegally downloading MP3s and burning mix CDs, dating it firmly to the early 2000s.
    • "Momma's Boy" with John Anderson references Elián González, the then-recent Titanic (1997) movie, etc.
    • Many of his parodies came out over a year after the original song, with the gap narrowing considerably over the years. Parodyziac! zig-zags this, as some of the parodies are of songs from 2010, while the album also includes parodies of Little Big Town's "Pontoon", which had just fallen from the charts when the album came out, and Eric Church's "Creepin'", which hadn't even peaked yet when he spoofed it.
  • Working Title: Bipolar and Proud was originally supposed to be titled Cledus Gone Wild (which is why he is flashing his chest on the cover).

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