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Look Forward to Failure [CD]

Ataris Audio CD
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The Ataris are four friends creating words and music in the basements and dive bars of the world, while young souls pile into the microphone and spill beer into our effects pedals.
Honest stories and organic sounds, chock full of heart, sincerity and beautiful mistakes. Played loud and recorded to analog tape.

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  • Audio CD (23 Nov 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Fat Wreck Chords
  • ASIN: B00000DFVU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,192 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. San Dimas High School Football Rules 2:450.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Not A Worry In The World 2:220.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. My So Called Life 2:410.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. My Hotel Year 2:180.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Between You And Me 2:360.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. That Special Girl 1:530.89  Buy MP3 

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
I first heard that ataris when i brought the album "Short Music for shirt people" on the Fat Wreck Chords label. The ataris happened to be on the cd, and the melodic punk tunes won me over instantly. The lyrics this band use a deep and meaningful and the tunes blend well with them. The riffs are very catchy and will have you humming for a long time to come. If you like bands such as "The Vandals" and "Nofx", then why nto give this a try? It may be less hard-core but still mantains an overall happy atmosphere that is uplifting. I recommend this album completley. And whilst your here, buy the others as well! They are all worthwhile and a good addition to any punk fans collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An EP to be proud of 29 April 2005
Format:Audio CD
Whilst at uni some years ago, I went through a 'completist stage' and, upon hearing 'San Dimas...' on a compilation, bought their back catalog, which at the time consisted of this EP, plus a Split (with Useless Id) and 2 albums.
For me this EP stood head and shoulders above the other Ataris discs, not least for the stunning "Between You and Me", by far the strongest track they ever wrote and worth buying this EP for alone.
Since then 'End is Forever' and 'So Long Astoria' albums have been released - both of which are worth checking out - and whilst they show the improvement in the band's songwriting, playing and experience, "Look Forward to Failure" still remains their finest offering after half a decade.
Ask me to pinpoint exactly why "...Failure" is the Ataris at their best and i don't think i'd be able to. Whilst not wanting in any way to suggest they play a limited formula, there's possibly something about their style which is more suited to an EP than a full-length. So go buy! This is a risk free and I suggest compulsory purchase for any Ataris fan!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best EP I've ever bought. 23 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Having just graduated from high school, I look back on, among other things, the music to which I listened. This CD pretty much fell into my lap one night in January (friend reccomended it to a friend who played it that night), and I'm really, really glad it did. Perhaps I only like it so much because I have a lot of memories tacked on to it, but in reality, "Look Forward to Failure" is possibly the best example of unpretentious pop-punk I've ever heard. Blink is really in right now, and I personally hate the Offspring, but the Ataris aren't really more than they try to be- a band who writes songs about the teenage male experience. Right now, my favorite song is "My Special Girl", but "San Dimas", "My So-Called Life", and "My Hotel Year" rock too. The other two have a place and a time, but can't compare with the others. Kudos to the Ataris. I say with no hesitation that this album (EP- sorry) is the soundtrack of my senior year (with only minor competition from The Slackers' 'The Question' and Limp Bizkit's 'Three Dollar Bill'). I'm buying it as a birthday present for a friend who's just starting his senior year. Basically, if you're in high school, this is just great background music. Give it a chance.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only A Clever Name 16 July 2005
By mr.e - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It's one of the greatest punk rock EP's ever produced. Ironically titled Look Forward To Failure, in retrospect we can see clearly that The Ataris only had success to look forward to after this release, especially with their Blue Skies album that won them an eternal place in punk rock history.

This EP skites six songs, two of which are pretty good and remaining four hover around, if not on, legendary status. And since only one of these four tracks are available on other releases, it makes this EP a must have for Ataris fans and punk rock enthusiasts. The tracks that demand respect I speak of are San Dimas High School Football Rules, My So Called Life, a heavier than Blue Skies version of My Hotel Year and the best of them all, Between You And Me.

The two 'pretty good' tracks Not A Worry In The World and That Special Girl definitely are better than your average album filler. The inner notes state that San Dimas and That Special Girl are to appear in their upcoming album Blue Skies - Not that it ever ended up happening.

I should mention that Mark Hoppus steps up for the cameo vocals on That Special Girl, but really it's a minor role and nothing that a Blink 182 fan would get overly excited about.

I recommend you buy this ironically named EP so your ears can benefit from what it has to offer.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Ataris the way they were meant to sound 14 Sep 2004
By Mike Reed - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Forget So Long Astoria. This is how The Ataris should be heard. These 6 songs pack emotion into pop-punk (but it's not emo - that's an important distinction) and come off sounding like a combination of the Descendents and the Smoking Popes. They avoid the emo trap they would later fall into by packing these songs with equal doses of emotion and humor. "My So-Called Life" is a tribute to an actress on the TV show of the same name, and the classic "San Dimas High School Football Rules" takes its name from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. Even though it's only an E.P, Look Forward To Failure is a quintessential Ataris record.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ataris Rock! 7 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I saw The Ataris live at the House of Blues in Hollywood when they opened for MxPx and they were awesome. They sing just as well live as they do on their cd. Although this album only has 6 songs they're all really good. If you like punk in any way you'll like this cd
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Priceless 18 Jun 2003
By "razorsharp98" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
i was in a car with a friend when i heard this one, and since its only 6 songs i got to hear it all. i borrowed this cd and became attached to it and the ataris. san dimas and between you and me have to b the best songs because you can really RELATE to the songs as an average highschool kid. this ep really opened up the world of the ataris to me and i have everyone of their great cds now.
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