Is We Is (Original Upload)





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Uploaded on Jan 1, 2008

In the 1980's, Flora, Illinois was competing with at least 33 other communities to become the site of a new prison. Unemployment was high. In a bid to promote the town as a prison site, Flora's former police chief recorded a song titled "All We Want's A Prison," but the town failed to win its bid. Undaunted, a group formed the all-male Barbed Wire Choir. Their rap song, "Is We Is," appealed for a prison in Flora, but attracted little attention until they turned it into a choreographed music video. "Is We Is" featured Flora's mayor Charlie Overstreet, its police chief Willie Thompson, unopposed mayoral candidate Bill Ridgeway, and the then-editor of the Clay County Daily Advocate-Press.

"Is We Is" not only caught on, it aired on Good Morning America but ABC TV's Spencer Christian (Weather Man) even ad-libbed a stanza on air. Rhino Records joined the promotion when it released a 12" novelty LP of "Is We Is." The story went national. Then international. There were "Is We Is" t-shirts and cookbooks. Flora never got a prison, however.

Read more about the video from one of the guys in it. (The one in the barrel)


I grew up in Flora and remember the video and the big event "Is We Is Day" very well. It was a big deal for the small town. I believe I even got a day off school for it.

I received a VHS from my cousin. It was segment that Spencer Christian (a California Record Representative) came to Flora and filmed with interviews of everyone involved and shots of the Is We Is Day Parade and Stage Presentations.

The Is We Is video was show at the end of the tape.

If you have more info about "Is We Is" please message me.

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