The Dead Schembechlers, a Columbus-based metal band that has just celebrated its 25th year of making fun of the Michigan Wolverines football team, have had it easy for the past few years since the Wolverines have sucked. But now that the Michigan team has started playing competitive football, the band has returned with “Harbaugh to Hell,” a novelty tune sung to the tune of AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell.” Out now via iTunes, it centers on a narrative about taking Michigan head coach JIM HARBAUGH thru a portal gate beneath Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor to “say hello to [former Michigan football coach] Bo [Schembechler].”
A portion of the proceeds from the song's iTunes sales will be donated to "The Bo Schembechler Heart of a Champion Fund." "We wanna help keep Wolverine fans alive long enough for them to die of embarrassment after we kick their asses across the field again this year," says the band in a press release.
Singer Bo Biafra says Halloween is a perfect time to return to roasting the Wolverines.
"For a quarter of a century, we Dead Schembechlers have taken it upon ourselves to use music to fight the evil, arch-rivals of Ohio State," he says in a press release. "We will stop at nothing to eradicate them from the Earth. It's Harbaugh in Hell on Halloween! While we revel in Ohio State's #1 position, it's chilling to see #15 Michigan with exactly 666 points in the current Associated Press rankings. We believe this to be a sign from the heavens of a Satanic influence over Ann Arbor. Our struggle against them is nothing less than a Holy Pigskin War. Death to the Wolverine Infidels! Woody Be Praised!"
The group wanted to perform in Ann Arbor this year but no club would host it, reportedly because of death threats. "Looks like no gig this year," says Biafra. "Maybe we'll just show up and piss on the side of the Michigan Stadium. At least it will make the place smell better."
Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected]