The Wonder Years kicked off their celebrations of ten years of The Greatest Generation via a festival announcement. That festival is Loneliest Place On Earth. Taking place in their home town of Philly, they will be performing it in full. But they haven’t stopped there, as they have dipped back into the vaults and pulled out a special new track.
It’s not the first time the band have done something like this. For their records The Upsides and Suburbia, I’ve Given You All…, they wrote and recorded songs in the style of each. They were called “Out On My Feet” and “Brakeless”.
This new song is called “GODDAMNITALL”, and is yet another masterclass in storytelling in songwriting. Transporting us back to the atmosphere and sentiment of the record immediately, it’s a powerful piece from a band unlike any other.
Vocalist Dan “Soupy” Campbell had this to say about it:
“GODDAMNITALL” is a song that almost was, and then, for a long time, categorically was not, and now is.
“When it came time to find bonus content for this box set, we went grave digging in old hard-drives to find the demos from TGG that didn’t get finished and then exhumed and reanimated this one. It was the closest to being done at the time. All of the music was there. The chorus had lyrics and melody but, for budget and time constraints it got abandoned before it had verses and a bridge.
Now, a decade later, it’s finally finished. We asked Steve Evetts to produce it the same way he would have if it were on the original album, and it now stands as a spiritual and somewhat literal b-side to The Greatest Generation.”
You can pre-order the aforementioned box set, full of all sorts of unheard content, from right here.
The Wonder Years released their latest full-length, The Hum Goes On Forever, last year. They recently released an extended version of “Summer Clothes” from the record, which is absolutely beautiful, and sounds like this: