A musical group hailing from the Upper Peninsula of UsefulNotes/{{Michigan}}, Da Yoopers has had 35 years of flying under the radar.

Founded in 1975 by Jim [=DeCaire=] (drums), Joe Potila (guitar), Jim Pennell (bass), and Lynn Anderson (keyboards), the band achieved local success before self-releasing the album ''Yoopanese'' in 1986. Its followup, ''Culture Shock'', accounted for two of the band's most famous songs: "Rusty Chevrolet" and "Second Week of Deer Camp." Both songs received regional airplay on several radio stations throughout the Great Lakes region, and even appeared on Creator/DrDemento's national radio program. Subsequent albums didn't produce nearly as much regional success, but the band continued to tour until 2013.

The band is known for singing songs primarily dealing with rural life in the Upper Peninsula, including topics such as drinking beer, hunting, dealing with long winters, drinking more beer, eating Swedish and Finnish food, and more beer. Live shows included acting from stagehands, who dressed up in various costumes and performed skits between songs. They also own a "Tourist Trap" museum outside of their home base of Ishpeming, Michigan.

Although the band effectively stopped recording in TheNewTens, Bellmore has posted some solo work on Bandcamp, some of which features his bandmates.

!Albums:
* ''Yoopanese'' (1986)
* ''Culture Shock'' (1987)
* ''Camp Fever'' (1988)
* ''Yoop It Up'' (1989)
* ''Yoopy Do Wah'' (1991). First release on CD.
* ''One Can Short of a Six-Pack'' (1994)
* ''For Diehards Only'' (1995)
* ''We're Still Rockin''' (1996). First release after Joe Potila was replaced by Jim Bellmore.
* ''Jackpine Savage'' (2000)
* ''Naked Elves in Cowboy Boots'' (2000)
* ''Songs for Fart Lovers'' (2004)
* ''Diehards II'' (2004)
* ''21st Century Yoopers in Space'' (2006)

!Last lineup:
* Jim Bellmore (guitar, bass guitar, various other instruments, vocals)
* Lynn Bellmore[[note]]formerly Lynn Anderson, then Lynn Coffey[[/note]] (keyboards, vocals)
* Matt Bullock (stage actor)
* Jim "Hoolie" [=DeCaire=] (drums, percussion, vocals)
* Reggie Lusardi (bass guitar, vocals). Joined as a touring bassist in the late 1990s, although Bellmore often played bass on the albums. Died May 8, 2016.
* Bobby Symons (drums)

!Former (official) members:
* Dave "Doc" Bradbury (bass guitar, vocals). Left shortly after Bellmore joined.
* Jerry "Cuppa" Coffey (drums, percussion, vocals). Lynn was married to him from the late 1980s to the mid-2000s.
* "Cowboy" Dan Collins (rhythm guitar, vocals). First appeared as a backing vocalist on ''Culture Shock'' and ''One Can Short of a 6-Pack'', but became an official member shortly before ''We're Still Rockin'''.
* Joe [=DeLongchamp=] (bass guitar, vocals). Replaced by Doc Bradbury around 1990.
* Jim Pennell (bass guitar, vocals). Replaced by Joe [=DeLongchamp=] around 1988.
* Joe Potila (guitar, vocals). Left ca. 1995.

Former sketch comedy actors who didn't contribute instruments over the years included Jim Boyer, Dick "Dick-E-Bird" Bunce, Steve Calhoun, Art Davis, Chris Kukla, Jerry "Mungo" [=LaJoie=], Pete "Casanova" [=LaLonde=], "Billy Bob" Langson, Robert "Dill" Nebel, and Mike "Mikku" Powers. For a short time, Bunce also played bass on a few songs.

!Tropes present:
* ACappella: "My First Time Ever".
* AdrenalineTime: "We Need da Money", the first track on ''We're Still Rockin''', speeds up faster and faster with each line.
* AlbumTitleDrop: ''Culture Shock'' is title-dropped on "Yooper Talk", and ''Yoopy Do Wah'' comes from a breakdown at the end of "Transplant Song".
* AllPeriodsArePMS: "Ridin' da Cotton Pony" suggests this.
* TheAllegedCar:
** The subject of "Rusty Chevrolet":
-->Rust and smoke, the heater's broke\\
The door just flew away\\
I light a match to see the dash\\
And then I start to pray\\
The frame is bent, the muffler's went\\
The radio, it's okay\\
Oh, what fun it is to drive\\
This rusty Chevrolet
** "Yooper Snow Rocket" is about The Alleged Snowmobile.
* AntiChristmasSong: "Rusty Chevrolet". They also recorded several of these on ''Six-Pack'' and much later, a full Christmas album of them.
* AntiLoveSong: "Happy Birthday Fungus Face".
* AscendedExtra:
** "Cowboy" Dan Collins sang backing vocals on a couple albums before becoming an official member on ''We're Still Rockin''' in 1996.
** Dick Bunce had assisted the band in their comedy sketches for years, but near the end of his tenure, he played bass on a handful of songs instead of Lusardi or Bellmore.
* AssShove: The resolution to "Diarrhea":
-->I'll take a cork and Super Glue\\
Pound it in there with my shoe\\
And then I'll be all through\\
With diarrhea
* AuthorCatchPhrase: Deer/beer shows up a lot as a StockRhyme. They also make repeated use of Finnish slang such as "sisu" (roughly "determination").
* TheBandMinusTheFace: They survived the departure of frontman Joe Potila.
* BigEater: Present in several songs, most notably "Pizza in My Shorts" (family who eats a lot of pizza) and "Meathead" (man who eats a lot of meat).
* BizarreInstrument: A few of their songs from ''Jackpine Savage'' onward feature a guest musician playing the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pogo_cello pogo cello]] (or as they spell it, "polka-chella").
* ButICantBePregnant: "Three Months Late" is about a guy freaking out over his girlfriend getting pregnant during deer hunting season.
-->She's late! She's late! Oh Lord she's three months late\\
I took her to my uncle's camp, and now she's three months late!
* CallBack:
** ''Camp Fever'' has two: Late in the album, a character mumbles "My mouth tastes like I ate my socks", a line from "Crawlin' Home Puker" on ''Yoopanese''. At the end, all the guys sing a few bars from "Second Week of Deer Camp".
** One track on ''Yoopy Do Wah'' is titled "Nudsie's Wedding Reception". Several tracks later, "Free Beer" has the line "Our old pal Nudsie got married..."
** ''Jackpine Savage'' has more. "Can't Find da Truck" uses the line "We've been lost before, and this is what it looks like", previously a line of dialogue on one of the skits on ''Camp Fever''. Later, another skit references painting a face on a board with a hole in it and pretending that it's a woman, referencing a skit on ''One Can Short of a 6-Pack''. The skit "Burt & Bunna", about two squirrels (mentioned below), is also a call-back to ''One Can Short''.
* CommonMeter: The verses of "Dear Mr. Governor", "Beer Gut", and "Transplant Song" are all common meter double.
* CoolToy: "I Want a Rinky Dinky Doo Dad for Christmas". The son demands that his parents buy him the toy in question, leading to the mom getting into a fight at UsefulNotes/{{Kmart}}. Come Christmas, the son is excited to get the toy, only to be told that it's being recalled. He then says that's okay, because what he really wants is another toy that's even better. As a result, both parents FreakOut.
* CreditsGag: On ''We're Still Rockin''', [=DeCaire=]'s credits include "broom" and "coffee".
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: In one skit on ''Camp Fever'', the wife of a man who has run off somewhere threatens to "give him a vasectomy with a rusty chainsaw" if he ever returns.
* ADateWithRosiePalms:
** In a skit before "Da Couch Dat Burps", Sandy Kempa quotes an old joke: "Sex is like bridge. If you don't have a good partner, you better have a good hand."
** "Shuckin' da Cob" is the narrator's reminiscence of being chastized by his parents about it, although he admits it's what "made [him] a man".
* DirectionlessDriver: In the "Beer Run" skit, the guys drive around for hours, following what Potila claims is a shortcut. They pass several landmarks again and again before they finally realize Potila has been holding the map upside-down, and end up in a completely different town once they realize this.
* DoubleEntendre: "Do You Wanna Buy an Organ" is ostensibly about a musical instrument, but could be about something else:
-->Do you wanna buy an organ\\
I'll sell it to you cheap\\
She never let me touch it\\
So you know it ain't been beat...
* EarlyBirdCameo:
** Jim [=DeCaire=]'s son Jesse appeared in a skit at the end of ''Camp Fever'' and sang lead on "Yooper Kid" one album later, while he was still a child. Jesse later played guitar on "Shuckin' da Cob", and would sporadically appear as a guest musician on later albums before becoming their sound tech.
** "Cowboy" Dan Collins sang backing vocals on ''Culture Shock'' and ''One Can Short of a Six Pack'' before becoming an official member on ''We're Still Rockin'''.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Quite a lot of it on their early tapes:
** ''Yoopanese'' is all over this, as the band barely resembles itself. "My Shoes" and "Critics Tune" are completely serious songs with more generic themes (YourCheatingHeart and TakeThatCritics, respectively); "Robot Girl" and "I Don't Wanna Glow" have science fiction overtones that stand in contrast to the mostly realistic approach of their later work; and "Road to Gwinn" is one of only a very small number of parodies in their catalog. It is also the only album besides ''Yoopy Do Wah'' not to have interstitial skits or guest musicians. Also, Lynn is playing an analog synthesizer instead of a keyboard.
** ''Culture Shock'', despite containing the very famous "Rusty Chevrolet" and "Second Week of Deer Camp", still contains some weirdness. Notably, some tracks still have Lynn playing a synthesizer ("Last Frontier" even has a drum machine, something the band never used again); "Chiquito War" continues to show a mild science-fiction theme; and the B-side is dominated by Finnish folk songs performed by guests. Also, "Rusty Chevrolet" and "Second Week of Deer Camp" are examples themselves despite being among their most famous songs, as the former is a parody, and the latter is "traditional" folk with only a gutbucket bass and accordion.
** ''Camp Fever'' has the band mostly shifted to its most famous sound, but there are still a couple Finnish folk songs performed on folksy instrumentation such as a gutbucket, jugs, and spoons. By ''Yoop It Up'', they had pretty much shifted to their style.
* ElvisImpersonator: In "He Thinks He's Elvis", the narrator (Lynn) laments that her husband woke up this morning and thought himself to be Elvis.
* FakeRadioShowAlbum: ''Camp Fever'' and ''One Can Short of a 6-Pack'' use a fictional radio show called "YOOP Radio" as a FramingDevice, with relevant skits interspersed among the songs. The former has a StoryArc where all of the YOOP staff are at the deer camp while an inexperienced DJ (played by Jerry Coffey) substitutes, while ''One Can'' merely includes the skits in the track listing. ''Jackpine Savage'' brought back "YOOP Radio" for one skit, which was a CallBack to a skit from ''One Can''.
** This actually originates in ''Culture Shock'', but is easy to miss. Only one interstitial skit there explicitly mentions the station call sign YOOP, but the station call-in phone number (used in the skit ''Talk Time'') is also an obvious tell once you know about the FramingDevice: 371-YOOP.
* FatAndProud: A recurring trope, seen in songs such as "Beer Gut" and "You're My Porky Babe".
* ForgottenAnniversary: The subject of the "Anniversary Song". She tries to hint that it's their anniversary, but he's stuck on amusing anecdotes from her uncle's funeral.
* {{Gasshole}}: Just about every album has had at least one reference to farting. Then there's ''Songs for Fart Lovers''...
* HotSkittyOnWailordAction: "Chiquito War" describes a "chiquito", a cross between a chicken and a mosquito which was bred through BlackComedyRape.
* IAmSong: "Yooper Cowboy Dan".
* InTheStyleOf: "You're My Porky Babe" is in the style of Sonny and Cher.
* InnocentInnuendo:
** "[[http://dayoopers.com/theaterm/fsttmevr.mp3 My First Time Ever]]" sounds dirty with its lines about a female spreading her legs, the narrator putting his hands on her breasts, and "white stuff" coming, but it's really about [[spoiler:milking a cow]].
** Similarly, "Beer Gut" has one:
--->I took my date into the sauna, and on the bench we sat\\
She pointed and she said, "I've never seen one big as that"\\
She held it and she stroked it, and she told me with a smile\\
"Bodybuilders make me sick, but [[ChubbyChaser beer guts drive me wild]]"
* KidsRock: [=DeCaire's=] son, Jesse, sang "Yooper Kid" with a few other kids singing backup.
* LaterInstallmentWeirdness: All of the albums featuring Bellmore stand out for having more GenreRoulette than the albums on which Potila was involved.
* LeadBassist: Everyone who has ever played bass for the band (except for Dick Bunce) has sung at least one lead vocal. In an inversion, Jim Bellmore often played bass in-studio alongside his guitar (and sometimes other instrument) playing, usually to tracks he sang lead on.
* LeadDrummer: Jim [=DeCaire=] and Jerry Coffey have both fulfilled this role at several points.
* LethalChef: "She Don't Make Good Pasties" is about a wife who is terrible at making the titular food (a meat and vegetable pie of Cornish origin).
* ListingCities: "Christmas Is Everywhere" is just a list of cities and countries where Christmas supposedly can be found.
* LocalReference: They frequently name-drop a lot of the smaller former mining towns in the UP, as well as businesses with a strong local presence, such as IGA supermarkets and Shopko discount department stores in "Rusty Chevrolet".
* LyricalDissonance: "Diarrhea" is performed as a straight-up love ballad. At least barring the fart solos.
* LyricalShoehorn: The opening lines to "Dear Mr. Governor", in which a "troll from down below"[[note]]the Mackinac Bridge connects the two peninsulas, so anyone living in the Lower Peninsula is a "troll", as they live "under the bridge"[[/note]] brushes a snowflake off his body, kicks it in the lake, then says that he'll "stay down here below the bridge and eat my birthday cake". Huh?
* MusicalGag: The skit "Rev. Send Me Money" on ''Camp Fever'' features a radio preacher backed by organ music... which happens to be "Second Week of Deer Camp" played in the style of a hymn.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: "Naked Elves in Cowboy Boots". The titular elves chase a man who doesn't believe in Christmas, and no one else can see them.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: They've done traditional folk songs, polka, country, and rock, just to name a few. This genre-hopping gets turned UpToEleven on ''We're Still Rockin''', where every song is done in a different musical style (for example: "Big Truck" is truck-driving country, "Green Green Grass" is {{reggae}}, "Vampire Surfin' Girls" is surf rock, "My First Time Ever" is a cappella, "Shuckin' da Cob" is {{grunge}}, etc.). ''Jackpine Savage'' dialed it down slightly, but still had the hard rocking "Super Dooper Yooper Love Machine".
* NewSoundAlbum: ''We're Still Rockin''' turned up the rock influences in the band's sound (likely a result of Jim Bellmore taking over from Joe Potila).
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: "Vampire Surfin' Girls" from Munising Bay.
* NobodyLovesTheBassist:
** They changed bassists twice within their first decade of recording, and some of the songs on their second and third albums don't even have bass parts. Bellmore played all the bass parts on ''We're Still Rockin''' due to it being recorded after Bradbury left, and while they later hired Reggie Lusardi as a touring bassist, Bellmore usually continued to play most of the bass parts in-studio.
** Also true of touring drummer Bobby Symons, who mostly just stayed behind the drum kit and never sang or participated in skits. [=DeCaire=] usually played the drum parts in-studio, although Jerry Coffey was credited as drummer a few times.
* NonAppearingTitle: "Chiquito War", "Bingo Fever", "Fishin wit Fred", "Yooper Kid", "Pizza in My Shorts", "Da Fishing Trip", "He Thinks He's Elvis", "My First Time Ever", "She Don't Make Good Pasties"
* NoseShove: In "Fish Fight Song", the female lead threatens to shove the husband's fish eggs up his nose if he shrugs off his duties as a father in favor of fishing again. She then implies an AssShove with the spoken line "Somewhere else, too".
* OneHourWorkWeek: "Fishin Wit Fred" Defies this trope just for the sake of recreational fishing.
-->Twenty Yoopers on a pontoon boat, fishin' for Moby Dick\\
The wife, she thinks I'm working, and the boss, he thinks I'm sick\\
It's a perfect day for fishing, drinking beer, and telling lies\\
It's a little bit like heaven, when you're fishing with the guys
* ParentalHypocrisy: The narrator of "Shuckin' da Cob". He is scolded by his father for masturbating to porn magazines, but counters dad by saying that he got the magazines from dad's dresser.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Admittedly it's about a recreational sport rather than a job, but "Second Week of Deer Camp" is about hunters who "never shoot no deer."
* PolkaDork: Usually with Jim "Hoolie" [=DeCaire=] dressing in nerdy clothes. He also plays a nerdy lead in "Desperation Polka", about a nerd who is so desperate that he dates (and marries) a fat ugly woman.
* PottyFailure:
** The protagonist of "Diarrhea" thinks it's only gas, so he lets one rip and ruins his brand new pants.
** Happens in the skit "Santa's Helper", where the title helper offers burps and farts as gifts. Upon being asked for one more, he strains to make one last fart and ends up soiling himself instead.
* RearrangeTheSong:
** The version of "Smeltin' USA" on ''For Diehards Only'' keeps Jim Pennell's original vocal track, but has a new instrumental backing.
** The late-90s video compilation ''It's About Time, Eh!'' had a re-recording of "Diarrhea" with a more polka-style instrumentation and local musician Kim Lenten on lead vocals. This re-recording later appeared on their website, and then on ''Songs for Fart Lovers''.
* RevolvingDoorBand: Quite a few membership changes. Founders Jim [=DeCaire=] and Lynn Anderson/Coffey/Bellmore are the longest-lasting members.
* RobotGirl: The title of a song on their debut album.
* RhymingWithItself:
** "Last Frontier", the first track on ''Culture Shock'', rhymes "fall" (the season) with "fall" (the verb).
** "I Tink My Beagle's Gay" rhymes "way" with itself on the chorus.
* SameLanguageDub: They released a music video for "Rusty Chevrolet" in the early 1990s, featuring the group's then-lineup of Jim [=DeCaire=], Joe Potila, Lynn Coffey, Doc Bradbury, and Jerry Coffey. However, the latter two were not in the band at the time the song was released, and [=DeCaire=] didn't play anything on it, so Jim D., Doc, and Jerry are lip-syncing to parts that they didn't actually sing. Much later, after Jim Bellmore joined, they released the video compilation ''It's About Time, Eh!'', mostly composed of songs released before his joining, resulting in him (and a few others) lip-syncing to parts that they never sang.
* SelfBackingVocalist: Done frequently. Notable examples include:
** On "Dear Mr. Governor", Lynn sings both the chorus and part of a "ba bum ba bum" counterpoint under it.
** Doc Bradbury does his own harmonies on the verses of "Free Beer".
** "My First Time Ever" is in the style of a barbershop quartet, with Jim Bellmore singing all four parts.
** [=DeCaire=] sings harmony over himself on the chorus of "Da Fishing Trip".
** Jim Bellmore tends to sing most of his own harmonies, such as the bass vocal on "Yooper Snow Rocket".
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent:
** "When One Love Dies" on ''Yoopy Do Wah'', a straight-up serious song about a deceased lover. The album itself may be an example, as it was the only one after their first not to include interstitial skits or guest performers.
** ''One Can Short of a 6-Pack'' abruptly switches to a batch of humorous Christmas songs for several tracks before reverting to the typical fare on the last two tracks. One gets the impression that they wanted to do a Christmas album, but didn't feel that they had quite enough material for it.
** [=DeCaire=] and Potila wrote the vast majority of the songs and skits, with Bellmore also taking over as co-writer after Potila left. However, [=DeLongchamp=] wrote the title track to ''Camp Fever'', Lynn co-wrote "Don't Go Up Dere" on ''One Can Short of a 6-Pack'', and several other writers are present on ''21st Century Yoopers in Space''.
* TheSomethingSong: "Fish Fight Song", "Cow Pie Song", "Sauna Song", "The Transplant Song", "Da Anniversary Song".
* SongParody: Not their primary genre, but they've done a few:
** "Road to Gwinn" ("On the Road Again" by Music/WillieNelson)
** "Rusty Chevrolet" ("Jingle Bells")
** "Grandpa Got Run Over by a Beer Truck" ("Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" by Elmo & Patsy)
** "Packer Backer Anthem" ("The Star-Spangled Banner")
** "It Was Eino" ("The Banana Boat Song" by Harry Belafonte)
* SongStyleShift:
** "We're Still Rockin'" has a more upbeat midsection compared to the slower rock of the rest of the song.
** "Yooper Snow Rocket" shifts to a mostly ''{{a cappella}}'' B-section with only vocals and hand claps.
* StylisticSuck: Invoked in a newspaper article, where [=DeCaire=] said that they decided not to let Joe [=DeLongchamp=] sing a song they had been working on, because [=DeCaire=] thought that his voice was too good for it.
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion:
** "Deer Hunter's Widow" repeatedly subverts rhymes to "shit" by having the word go unsung.
** "Butcher Town" uses a long chain of averted rhymes, "Miss Susie" style.
** "Arm Chair Quarterback" uses the oft-quoted "Rah rah ree, kick 'em in the knee / Rah rah rass, kick 'em in the other knee" cheer during a break.
* SynchroVox: Done twice with a mounted deer head on "Camp Go for Beer", a song exclusive to ''It's About Time, Eh!''
* TakeThatCritics: "Critics Tune".
* ToiletHumor: Not just the ''Fart Lovers'' album, but also "Diarrhea" (self-explanatory), "Lonely Yooper" (character hides in an outhouse during an affair and gets crapped on), etc.
* TruckDriversGearChange: "Wanna Buy an Organ" goes from C Minor on the verses to C major on the chorus.
* UnusualEuphemism: "Ring Dang Do" is about female genitalia, apparently.
* VocalTagTeam: They are ''all over'' this trope.
** While the lead vocals have been predominantly Jim [=DeCaire=], Joe Potila, or Jim Bellmore, Lynn has gotten at least one song per album, usually one requiring a female perspective or male/female duet. (Rare exception: Lynn sang "Nudsie's Wedding Reception" which has no gender-specific content.)
** Jim Pennell sang "Smeltin' USA" and "Chicquito War".
** Joe [=DeLongchamp=] sang "Camp Fever" and "Drinking Resort".
** Doc Bradbury sang "Transplant Song", "Free Beer", "Grandpa Got Run Over by a Beer Truck", and the first verse of "Heikki Lunta".
** "Super Dooper Yooper Love Machine" is the only song sung entirely by Jerry Coffey, although he sang "Ridin' da Cotton Pony" as a duet with Lynn, and did two lines on "Nite Crawler Boogie".
** Dan Collins, obviously, sang "Yooper Cowboy Dan".
** Reggie Lusardi sang "30 Lb. Diaper". Interestingly, it was originally a concert-exclusive song sung by Jerry, but after he quit, Lusardi took over, and sang the version that appears on ''21st Century Yoopers in Space''.
** ''Culture Shock'' was the first to feature guests on lead vocals: Bertha Hintsala sang "Iso Sika", and Sandy Kempa sang "Da Couch Dat Burps".
** Also on ''Culture Shock'', Glenn Adams did spoken interludes on "Yooper Talk" and half of the spoken-word verses to "Dear Mr. Governor", with Jim [=DeCaire=] handling the other half and Lynn singing the chorus. He also sang two folk songs on "Camp Fever", and returned many years later to do an interlude on "Ooga Booga" from ''Jackpine Savage''.
** ''Songs for Fart Lovers'' and ''21st Century Yoopers in Space'' also feature several guest musicians on lead vocals.
* VolleyingInsults: "Mental Monkey" is a string of these between a brother and sister.
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