let’s go / don’t wait / this night’s /almost over
No, not the 50-year-old clothing-optional Middletown dudes with the hip-swinging gyrations and open wounds. Dink 583, Wesleyan’s premier Blink-182 cover band, emerged from the shadows of the infamous “Man Overboard” Incident last night in a Pine backyard, belting out “All The Small Things,” “What’s My Age Again,” “First Date,” and that weirdly sad one about divorce (plus a bunch more) to enthusiastic moshers and spirited partyfolk.
Turns out the best way to keep away the au naturale older crowd is by having your show outside a senior house in pleasantly crisp sub-50-degree autumn-evening weather. Good going! (Not that that really keeps out the M-Town felons. Or the MPD.) (But that’s a story for another 3 AM g-chat sesh.) (Or not.)
Click on for a few additional photos (most of them are by Rachel Pincus ’13), an “Anthem Part Two” video clip, and some choice excerpts from “All The Small Things”’s weirdly long Wiki page.
SPECIAL BONUS FEATURE: things I learned by reading about “All The Small Things” on Wikipedia:
- Tom DeLonge: “I wanted to write a song with na-nas in it, ’cause I love the Ramones. So I thought, I’ll write this song about my chick, and it’ll be an ode to the Ramones, too.”
- “The line in the song about ‘roses by the stairs’ was inspired by a real-life night where DeLonge came home from recording and found roses laying at the top of the stairs.”
- “Tom DeLonge stated that after production was done for the song, ‘we sat back listened, and got goosebumps. Chills.’ DeLonge predicted the song would be a hit on the radio, stating in the same interview: ‘I was like, “Fuck, radio will probably love this!”‘”
- “The working title for this song was Babycakes Buttermuffin.”