The Gay Bar, McDonald’s, Taco Bell, the Gates of Hell, etc: These Are Electric Six’s Places of Interest


Tonight, fun-loving party rockers Electric Six are bringing their unique brand of unrelenting dance-floors thrashers to Mercury Lounge for what’s sure to be the most unstable good time in Manhattan this evening. Next year marks a full decade since the group smashed into our collective conscious with their breakthrough Fire album, and they’ve been making us rock out everywhere since.

While their live tours have limited their performances to the stages at clubs and festivals, their music has taken listeners through some of the most intriguing nooks and crannies that rock’s ever seen. We at the Sound of the City decided to take a look back at some of the most memorable of Electric Six’s Places of Interest

“Danger! High Voltage” 2003
Places visited:
-The Disco
-Taco Bell
-The Gates of Hell
It’s rare that a piece of music steals the scene in a movie, but that’s exactly what happened when Electric Six’s “Danger! High Voltage” found itself on the soundtrack to Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle. While critics at the time fiercely debated whether or not the song featured an uncredited Jack White cameo, listeners were far more interested in a song that finally set fires to discos, the gates of Hell AND Taco Bell.

“Gay Bar” 2003
Places Visited: -A Gay Bar
While “Danger! High Voltage” was burning up the big screen coast-to-coast, the internet was set ablaze with the group’s viral hit “Gay Bar.” The catchiness and absurdity of the song kept new listeners hooked after witnessing the countless visual interpretation that left a pre-YouTube world wide web in a tizzy, with our favorite being the one that involved cats and actual bars of “Gay.”

“There’s Something Very Wrong With Us So Let’s Go Out Tonight” 2006
Places visited:
– Detroit
– Tokyo
– A Black Blockbuster Video
– Atlanta
– Estonia
– Yoshinoya
A few albums later, while many of their contemporaries decided to get serious and attempt to “mature,” Electric Six were far more interested in keeping the party going. They (and we) were all the better for it and they continued to crank out infectious party anthems, including “There’s Something Very Wrong With Us So Let’s Go Out Tonight.” The song’s both a call-to-arms and salute to their fanbase, including the drunk ones in Japanese fast food chain Yoshinoya.

“Down at McDonnelzzz” 2007
Places visited: – McDonald’s
While the name was presumably changed to avoid any sort of copyright infringement, there’s no mistaking where the party of “Down at McDonnelzzz” takes place. Picking up where Wesley Willis’ “Rock and Roll McDonald’s” left off, “Down at McDonnelzzz” threw such a shindig at Mickey-D’s that it took a full five years before anyone else even attempted to rock there, with that torch eventually being picked up by Buckwheat Groats.

“Free Samples” 2011
Places visited:
– North of England
– Way Down South

Most recently, Electric Six showed us where all the “Free Samples” are being handed out, from “North of England” to “Way Down South.” Off their latest outing, Heartbeats and Brainwaves, the unwavering cool electronic staccato thump coupled with the wailing vocals make for sarcastic fun that fits everyone’s budget perfectly, no matter where they are.