I first heard about The Judybats from my friend Jared in 1993 and they quickly became a top 10 favorite.
I vaguely remember reading somewhere that they got their name from the 17th century puppets, Punch and Judy and the ever-present bat the spastic Punch used for walloping those who crossed his path.
They came out of Tennessee which contributes a bit to their twangy middle-america vibe. The debut album Native Son isn't their best, but the little green tape has been a well-played member of my collection.
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Also check out "Convalescing in Spain"