It seems that all was going smoothly at the city of Grand Haven, Michigan’s Coast Guard Festival this past weekend until somebody queued up Fall Out Boy‘s “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark.” But contrary to what you may be thinking, the outrage that has enveloped the picturesque shores of Lake Michigan doesn’t come from the faction of former FOB fans that prefers the band’s work in the “Take This To Your Grave” era better. No, it came from the likes of folks like Brian Wadhams, an out-of-towner who’d been visiting the Coast Guard Festival for some good, clean, family-friendly fun.
Here’s what the man himself had to say in a letter to the Grand Haven Tribune:
“I do say that the fireworks synced with the song were in fact neat, but everything else was horrible and a disgrace to the men and women in the Coast Guard who were watching the show. Many people around my family on our blanket were thinking the same out loud.”
Wadhams went on to take issue with the “absolutely disgusting” lyrics: “When we arrived back at the hotel, we looked up the lyrics to see if it was really as bad as it sounds — and it was far worse. A song about murdering people, tying them up and burning them alive, and general violence.”
For more on the story, and to check out the locals’ comments that seem to agree with Mr. Wadhams (seriously, newspaper comment sections really are an interesting sociological examination), click here for the Grand Haven Tribune story. If you’re so inclined, here’s the video for “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark.”