I really enjoy listening to The Wonder Years’ music – The Upsides really was a great album and I have no shame in that. It bonded my best friend and I during one of the worst years of high school [well, the other 3 years sucked pretty bad, too], and it helped me change my outlook on life; I went from pissed off angsty teen to realistic and simply wanting to have a good fucking time before I left for college. Just thinking about belting out all of “Won’t Be Pathetic Forever” at the top of my lungs during my 45 minute commute for my senior internship reminds me of how much fun their old jams really were for me.
This admiration for the music naturally led me to desire a ton of their merch. When they came to the venue at my school for the Pop Punk’s Not Dead tour, I nearly flipped a shit. I already had the pigeon logo tank from Warped 2011 and had saved up to buy their hooded windbreaker. Living in a college town with weather that changes its mind more than Jonny Craig changes his status in Dance Gavin Dance, this windbreaker was an absolute A+ choice and I rock it pretty regularly. However, the TWY merch I’ve been seeing lately has been kind of…weird.
Having unique merch is always a plus: we’ve seen foam hands, koozies, beanies, backpacks, disposable cameras, – hell, when I worked merch for a date of rave duo Dada Life’s tour, they sold banana suits for $35 a pop [around 0:23 in that video]. I guess the watch is an effort to cash in on the movement of 50’s dad’s haircuts? Not the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen, but we’re getting there…
I really wanted to like this shirt, mainly because I love Arnold Palmer Half & Half so it was perfect for me. However, I’m not really into repping anything that supports having anxiety. We all have anxiety over certain things; that’s just a characteristic of being a human [see Bronson’s most recent post on depression and other mental health issues]. My beef with this shirt is …do we REALLY need more kids begging their moms to get them to the doctor for a prescription of Xanax because they have SUCH BAD SOCIAL ANXIETY OMGZ I HATE EVERYONE :((((( ? No. Shut the fuck up. You can hate people/be nervous in crowded places without having social anxiety. It’s glorifying a disease that we really don’t need glorified. Being able to relate to a band’s music via similar experiences is one thing, but having a hoard of pre-teens think they are just like Soupy because they have self-diagnosed anxiety is fucking annoying.
THIS. WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS?! Is nobody else seriously creeped out by this plush version of Hank the pigeon? It just looks like demonic road kill to me, idk. I can see why they decided to make one as a way of bringing Hank to life other than the costumed version we see in their videos, but this actually looks like this was based off a scribble done by a six year old.
What do you think? Is TWY over-thinking their merch or have they hit the balance between zany and super tr00? Am I just upset that there’s a skeevy fucking pigeon plushie looking at me right now? What’s the weirdest merch you’ve ever bought?
TWY’s merch store with a bunch of new items is up for lurking [actually mirin' that limited edition American flag snapback]. Holla @ cha gurl on tumblr or twitter if you ever wanna go to a show together where we awkwardly hold hands during “Hey Thanks” and go get pizza afterwards <3