Dan Deacon Pranks Barenaked Ladies With Flowers From Hoobastank

During a show at Baltimore’s Pier Six Pavilion back in June, Barenaked Ladies’ stage banter included a little lighthearted smack talk about fellow ’90s rockers Hoobastank. When Hoobastank found out, they sent Barenaked Ladies a bouquet of flowers with a note jokingly demanding an apology: “Heard you was talking smack/ We are waiting till you say/ You are sorry / You’ve got one week.” In response, BNL shared the following message via Twitter:

Cute, funny, and simple enough, right? WRONG! Because in reality, Hoobastank never sent any flowers. No, you see, this was a Hooba-prank, carried out by none other than Baltimore producer Dan Deacon, who happened to be at that fateful show in Baltimore that night.

Between songs, as Deacon remembers, the band complimented the venue where the show was taking place. “They were like, ‘It’s a really beautiful space, it’s really nice to be up here,'” Deacon tells WTMD. “‘We saw these really nice condos that are built here, but I can’t imagine going to sit outside on my waterfront patio and having to listen to Hoobastank soundcheck for about 4 or 5 hours. That would be hell.’ And they went into this improv song dissing Hoobastank. At one point, they were like, ‘I really hope Hoobastank doesn’t hear about this.'”

So of course, that gave Deacon and his friends the bright idea of pretending to be Hoobastank and sending flowers to the Atlanta amphitheater where BNL were playing a few days later. “The florist had no idea who Barenaked Ladies or Hoobastank were,” Deacon recalls. “And I did feel really weird saying that I was sending a bouquet of flowers to ‘Barenaked Ladies’ to an elderly Eastern European woman who had no idea what I was talking about or doing. But the Barenaked Ladies bought it hook, line and sinker.”

Hoobastank, on the other hand, have yet to respond publicly. “Unfortunately, Hoobastank doesn’t have an actual social media presence,” Deacon says. “I think they have a label rep who runs their social media. So they never responded … I feel like I’m going to get an email from someone being like, ‘Thanks a lot, jerk.’ But it was fun. It cost $60. I actually just got a big photo blanket made up of a screenshot of their tweet. Very happy about it. I love photo blankets.”

Thankfully, it seems that no one will be getting an angry emails, and this story has a happy ending: