The signs start out looking pretty normal, at least as construction signs go. One warns “Danger Danger;” another message flashes “High Voltage”. Of course, if these were normal road signs, I wouldn’t be writing this. The follow up messages, “When We Touch” and “When We Kiss” were weird enough that motorists along Interstate 39 near Stephens Point, Wisconsin, got the word out. The road signs have been hacked by a rock music fan.
Rather than warning of zombies, the hacker decided to promote the Detroit band Electric Six, whose song “Danger! High Voltage” are the lyrics used in the compromised electric signs. The owner of the signs, Central State Signing, blamed a hacker rather than someone within his own organization with a taste for sexually-charged disco-punk music and genre-bending musical madness.
I went out and looked up the video for the song, which has been rumored to feature guest vocals by Jack White (he won’t officially admit to it, but it’s a Detroit band and it sounds like Jack White is singing on the song). It’s pretty weird, but also incredibly catchy. If you get this song stuck in your head all day, now you can’t blame me.