Even Trolls Have Moms (1990) With Even Trolls Have Moms , singer-songwriter Joe Scruggs has honed his sense of humor to the point where he's become a children's stand-up comic.… Joe Scruggs Kids and Family
Music Review

Even Trolls Have Moms (1990)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Lead Performance: Joe Scruggs; Genre: Kids and Family

With Even Trolls Have Moms, singer-songwriter Joe Scruggs has honed his sense of humor to the point where he's become a children's stand-up comic. His specialty: rueful-parent humor.

''They Must Have Had Kids'' is an ode to the inventors of such marvels as the mini-van, which Scruggs defines as ''something that's small but long/So we can leave the kids behind but still bring them along.'' ''Nuke It,'' which describes a father's cooking habits, is either horribly sexist or admirably realistic, depending upon your point of view. And ''First Day,'' in which a child starts school and tears are shed, is a great joke disguised as a sappy ballad.

''First Day'' aside, most of Trolls' ballads are weak. This collection's strength is its humor, not its sweetness. Luckily, it has humor to spare. A-

Originally posted Dec 14, 1990 Published in issue #44 Dec 14, 1990 Order article reprints