'Pennsylvania Guys' gain fame with YouTube parody
SHAMOKIN - Pop star Katy Perry's "California Gurlz" has a little competition from the East Coast.
A group called Sloppy Secondz - Jason McGuigan, of Shamokin, Justin Derr, of Sunbury, and John Duttinger, of Texas - has made a video, "Pennsylvania Boys," to the tune of Perry's latest single.
True to its name, the clip celebrates all things Pennsylvania.
There's Ben Franklin, Yuengling lager, pierogies, Lebanon bologna, Knoebels Amusement Resort and Middleswarth chips. There's Clyde Peeling's Reptiland, Denny's Beer Barrel Pub - where diners can take on two-, three-, six-, 15- or 50-pound burgers - Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom and Punxsutawney Phil.
And of course, the Amish.
"Pennsylvania guys, we're unforgettable./Flannel shirt, suspenders on top./Horse and buggy parked outside the grocery store./In Pennsylvania, Keystone Pennsylvania."
The video's gone viral, with more than 175,000 hits on YouTube.
Even Jay Paterno, son of Penn State head football coach Joe - who's highlighted in the clip - tweeted about it.
"I was actually pretty surprised," McGuigan said. "I wasn't expecting that. I was surprised."
The group first gained local attention with their video, "I Love Shamokin," a ribald torch song to all things coal region.
Next came "We're From Snyder County," where the trio lampoons life in central Pennsylvania.
From there, the group decided to take on the entire commonwealth.
"When we did Snyder County, which was a pretty good hit locally, we were amazed with how fast the video moved locally," McGuigan said, noting that the county probably has 40,000 residents. "It had that many hits in a week. We thought to ourselves, 'If we can do that with a county, we can do that with the state.'"
The group didn't have the same expectations, but they hoped so. So they chose Perry's song, because of its popularity, and its beat.
From there, they used Adobe Audition to record the vocals, and several programs to manipulate and edit the video content.
So far, though, the video has defied expectations. Radio stations in Philadelphia have been giving the song some playtime. They cracked newspapers in Chicago. And "Attack of the Show," on G4, a cable channel, highlighted "Pennsylvania Boys" on its segment, "Epic Fail of the Day."
Monday morning, McGuigan was giving an interview on B-94.5, a State College radio station.
McGuigan said the group enjoys what they do, and that's why they do it. Should fame come along, all the better.
We're trying to expand their fan base, McGuigan said. The group already has plans to help others like them, "kids who started out just like us, team up and help them get into it, too."
The group has also talked about putting any kind of monetary gains into the Children's Miracle Network and the SPCA.
"If we do get that big, if we have that opportunity, I think we're going to give back a lot of what we get," McGuigan said.
But even if Sloppy Secondz toil in relative obscurity, they'll continue to do what they do.
"The biggest thing, we like doing it. We've been this way since we were kids," McGuigan said, noting that all three were class clowns. "We've always loved anything to do with humor. We have a great time doing it."