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Atom and His Package

Atom and His Package: Hair: DebatableHair: Debatable (2004)
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Atom and his package. By now I've probably pissed off half of you, because you hate the guy. A quarter of the remaining readers are probably big fans who will send in piles of hate mail if I give Hair: Debatable anything less than a stellar review, and the rest of you are probably wondering what ki.
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Atom and his package. By now I've probably pissed off half of you, because you hate the guy. A quarter of the remaining readers are probably big fans who will send in piles of hate mail if I give Hair: Debatable anything less than a stellar review, and the rest of you are probably wondering what kind of weird sex joke "atom and his package" refers to, and what kind of music goes along with such a name. Sorry to the majority of the readers, but this review is designed for those who fall into the latter category.

Atom and his package was the musical project of Atom Goren, formerly of the dub-punk band Fracture, in which he would sing songs in his not too unpleasant nasal voice, backed by occasional guitar, and a Yamaha sequencer, his "package." Get it? Now you may have noticed I used the past tense, and that's because, this past August, Atom broke up his one-man band. Hair: Debatable is the live release documenting his last performance. As a live document, this album is a complete failure. Atom‚?¶Adam‚?¶Atom's voice cracks, he flubs the words sometimes, and will often exceed the speed of the backing music, and because a machine performs most of the music, you cannot expect anything you cant hear (with better production) on his studio albums. In addition to that, the between song banter ranges from occasionally interesting insight into the songs, ("shopping spree intro") to the more common boring ramblings (the album intro). But maybe that's not really the point. What you have hear, with a slightly less than stellar sound quality, is the perfect greatest hits album you could've hoped for from Atom. The listener get everything from the sincere love songs ("Upside Down From Here") to the pointedly political (the lyrically visceral "If You Own The Washington Redskins, You're A Cock," the faux-punk bashing "Anarchy Means I Litter!" ) to the absurd and occasionally hilarious ("Hats off To Halford," Atom's ode to the openly gay Judas Priest singer, "Undercover Funny" about a friend of Atoms who seems to be funny unless he's talking to Atom, and "Mustache TV" about‚?¶putting a paper mustache on your TV and having hilarity ensue). Even on the more serious songs you can tell that so much fun is being had on the part of Atom that you can't help but laugh. Or I can. For you, well, consider the following analogy-

The truth is that Atom is comparable to Devo, because both artists present unique, synth-rock-pop-punk songs (Wow; four hyphenated terms in a row. That must be a record!) which don't take themselves too seriously‚?¶or‚?¶even a bit seriously. If you can imagine yourself bouncing around the room to a guy gleefully singing a song about working out in order to impress the new age singer Enya, then Hair: Debatable may be the perfect starting point for you. If not, then go buy the Muse CD, that's really good too. If you fall into one of the groups I described earlier, then let me appease both of you. As I said, this is really not an effective live document. This is Atom being Atom, and it can either be viewed as the last time you'll ever have to listen to this asshole or a fond farewell to a spectacularly creative songwriter.


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plutocracy (May 18, 2004)

He wrote a song about it. I don't think he really did it.

Anonymous (May 18, 2004)

i heard he did a tour on his bicycle, just him and the package...anybody able to confirm that??

Townshend666 (May 14, 2004)

How could Fracture possibly be described as "dub-punk"?

Anonymous (May 12, 2004)


get your personal comments out of here. this section is for atom and his package the best thing to come out of philadelphia since the last best thing about philadelphia.

Anonymous (May 12, 2004)

my god damn car needs an oil change. You kids should also send me money.

jacobe (May 12, 2004)

my 1990 Honda Accord is begining to show lot's of rust all over it and is need of repairs...send me money too.

Anonymous (May 12, 2004)

i could never hate atom. his music makes me dance funny.

hitlerbadzakgood (May 12, 2004)

who hates atom? whats so bad about him?

squirrelbait (May 12, 2004)

Nice review, but I don't think Atom's really that comparable to Devo. Devo was way better, their songs still sound awesome today. I don't think Atom's songs will still sound good in 20 years.

Anonymous (May 11, 2004)

i was at this show and it was increadible.

the cd and dvd is great too.


greg6711 (May 11, 2004)

also, I don't think atom is making fun of "faux punks", he is making fun of punks.

Anyone who considers themselves a punk is usually a dim-wit.

greg6711 (May 11, 2004)

clearly Atom's better stuff.

5 stars.

The intelligence in this music is so much better than goofy bands like the vandals.

Anonymous (May 11, 2004)

i think you got that question wrong on the test. the correct answer is the OC sucks.

Anonymous (May 11, 2004)

Seth Cohen from the OC likes this... so I like this.... score is for the OC!

greg0rb (May 11, 2004)

Yeah, me too. I got a little teary at the end of his set watching this. the best part is how he lets you into his world and get to know his friends... anyway, he rules.

Anonymous (May 11, 2004)


Thank you for all these years, Atom. When he played ''Punk Rock Academy'' (His last song ever) it made me feel kinda sad and I couldn't belive it was all over... true story.

inagreendase (May 11, 2004)

a fine explanation of the man and his last work. One of these days I may check out his back catalog.

Anonymous (May 11, 2004)

Atom's music miraculously healed me. I can finally rock again!

Anonymous (May 11, 2004)

i hate may 11th

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