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Various: Up End Atom: A Tribute to Atom and His PackageUp End Atom: A Tribute to Atom and His Package (2009)
Heartless Hind

Reviewer Rating: 4


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The formula for a decent tribute album isn't incredibly complex -- pick a good band for paying tribute and get more really good bands to do (ideally) original takes on those songs. To that end, Up End Atom gets it right. Atom and His Package provides a plentiful catalog of great, quirky tunes wit.
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The formula for a decent tribute album isn't incredibly complex -- pick a good band for paying tribute and get more really good bands to do (ideally) original takes on those songs.

To that end, Up End Atom gets it right. Atom and His Package provides a plentiful catalog of great, quirky tunes with a synth punk style entirely his own. Then Heartless Hind pulled together a variety of great artists, from nerdcore rappers like MC Chris and MC Lars, to quirky punks acts such as Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer to the Aussie/Jewish punks Yidcore, to German indie act Locas in Love. It is quite the lineup, providing a versatile take on Atom Goren's music.

While everyone will have their favorites, Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer's take on "Happy Birthday Ralph" is fairly straightforward, but fits perfectly with the band's happy-go-lucky-sound-juxtaposed-with-deranged-lyrics reputation. Worm Quartet offers a great rendition of "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad Lib 2008," with new words filling out the Mad Libs-inspired tune, at a bit faster of a pace. Locas in love wins the award for most original cover with a slow, elegant version of "I Am Downright Amazed at What I Can Destroy with Just a Hammer." And hearing the Emotron tear it up on "Me and My Black Metal Friends" is always entertaining.

Mr. Adam Goren even makes a self-conscious appearance on his own tribute album, performing "Goalie" with the Zambonis. A couple of acts, like MC Lars with his recording of "(Lord It's Hard to Be Happy, When You Aren't Using) The Metric System," don't do enough to make the songs fresh, but an Atom and His Package song left sounding like an Atom and His Package song isn't such a terrible thing. Still, it would have been nice to see a little more done with those particular songs, and it is a shame that the tribute is over in 11 tracks and 27 minutes.

Fans will be begging for more, but without an active Atom and His Package in the scene, Up End Atom provides fans the next best thing. Also worth noting is that Heartless Hind's site reads that $4 from each CD sold will be donated to the American Diabetes Association. Goren was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, which partially led to his decision to discontinue Atom and His Package.

 

 
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ashtraymonument (August 2, 2009)

"up and at them!"

haha first thing i thought of

bxbomber (August 2, 2009)

I just watched those Green day videos on youtube. I still remember watching that when i was in 6th grade.

damo (July 31, 2009)

agree with eazyd2

eazyd2 (July 31, 2009)

wow you should at least be moderately good band to have a tribute album. fuckin gay

greg0rb (July 31, 2009)

Woops, not that low.

greg0rb (July 31, 2009)

One of my favorite artists of all time, and this is a decent tribute. I laughed heartily at Atom's appearance. I enjoyed the Zolof and mc chris covers the most I think.

mclz (July 31, 2009)

someone needs to tell the band "golden bloom" that the song lying to you is a Radon song

MrStylson (July 31, 2009)

Atom is one of my all-time favorite artists. I'll have to give this a listen.

overdefined (July 31, 2009)

Holy shit I posted in the wrong review.

overdefined (July 31, 2009)

Does anyone remember the Green Day live in Chicago thing MTV aired in like '94 or 5? It was between Dookie and Insomniac...a whole hour of the best material and Billie Joe acting completely deranged. I videotaped and watched the shit out of it.

I also had a videotape of their first SNL appearance when Roseanne Barr hosted and wore a Green Day shirt to announce them. They played "When I Come Around" and "Geek Stink Breath" when it was unreleased. Wish I still had a VHS player.

Jelone (July 31, 2009)

Alas, if only someone had written a review of the Love and Rockets tribute for a hat trick.

BipedCasserole (July 31, 2009)

The most seriously underrated artist of all-time. Dude is a genius.

inagreendase (July 31, 2009)

Up and at them!

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