Okay, the concept's pretty simple: Take "I've Been Everywhere," Johnny Cash's kickin' country recitation of the many cities and towns he'd rambled through, and then change all those burgs to places in Wisconsin. Now, in some hands, this would be just so much cornball Badgerania, but we're talking about The Gomers, clown princes of musical cheese.
So instead of just the obvious choices -- Bayview, Manitowoc, Eau Claire (which made it into the Man in Black's version), Hurley, etc. -- The Gomers trot through Butternut, Hub City, the state's two Romes, Trade Lake, and many more locales that, frankly, most native Wisconsinites couldn't find a map. Toss in the wonderfully inane double entrendre -- "Smelled that dairy air, hey" -- in the Gomerized version of the tune's refrain, and you've got a musical morsel that would leave Dr. Demento drolling.
Of course, a song this localized wouldn't be complete without Wisconsin-oriented visuals to accompany it, and that's where you come in. The Gomers are asking anyone with still pictures or video pertaining to the cities, villages, and towns mentioned in "I Been Over Dere" to send them in for inclusion in a video for the song, which appears on their rew release Mike Zirkel: The Album.
And don't stint on the kitsch. This is Wisconsin, after all, and we love our fibreglass cows, colorful country taverns, stuffed deer decked out in blaze-orange hunting gear and pretty much anything else that communicates a hearty sense of Midwestern gemutlichkeit. Email a copy of your photo or video to beeftone at gmail.com or just send the fellas links to your online images. Once enough material has come in, Gomers alum Mark Hervey, a media pro based in New York, will edit everything together into what's sure to be a wickedly funny music video.
An MP3 of the track are available in the related downloads at right. More music by The Gomers can be found on its MySpace page. In addition to their weekly rounds of Rock Star Gomeroke and biweekly Happyoke parties at the High Noon Saloon, the band is also performing a special edition of Kid-Oke! on the Rotunda Stage at the Overture Center on Saturday, April 12.
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