Flyover Anthems: “The Midwest Can Be Alright”

The Gizmos were a punk band from Bloomington, Indiana active from 1976-1978. They’re not terribly well known and deserve a larger following for their appealing Velvets/Stooges-influenced sound. I’d place them in a protopunk phylum alongside The Modern Lovers and The Dictators, great and worthy company. (If I’m not mistaken, that’s Jonathan Richman third from the left–the one with the mustache–in the first image in the above slideshow!)

With a riff that kinda reminds me of The Monkees’ “Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow),” “The Midwest Can Be Alright” is the Midwestern rock ‘n’ roll anthem we didn’t know we needed.  Its chorus is appropriately self-deprecating but not bereft of pride: “Maybe nowhere special, sometimes not much fun/But I like the Midwest/Because it’s fun to feel young/Uh uh uh uh uh.” This song should be a required cover for every great Midwestern punk/garage band.

Luke Geddes

Luke Geddes