Dust Bin I Wish I Had Listened to ________ Sooner
posted by February 12 at 14:22 PMon
For me, it’s Atom & His Package.
I should’ve loved Atom & His Package way before I actually started listening to them (within the past year, I’m so ashamed). When I was in high school and listening to the usual suspects (Op Ivy, Rancid, Jawbreaker, Green Day, etc.), I heard Atom & His Package’s name mentioned now and again, but I never listened to them. I don’t know why. We all make mistakes. But when he finally made it on a mix tape, I instantly loved it. His lyrics are hilarious and smart, the music’s fun without being cheesy. You can listen to it and dance like an idiot without worrying about looking stupid because when dancing to songs like “If You Own the Washington Redskins, You’re a Cock,” you’re supposed to look stupid.
But it was too late to say that I loved them—in 2006 could never say I was 26 and just getting into Atom & His Package (who broke up in 2003). I’d be crucified! So I had to love them in secret.
All the time, music geeks try to pass off that they knew about everything cool before it was actually cool. For me, that’s not true. I try to search out new music all the time (and I think I do an okay job), but sometimes things slip through the cracks. Atom & His Package slipped through the cracks; 1998 would’ve been so much better if I had Atom & His Package.
As the cliche goes: Better late than never, I guess. Right? At least I know about his new band Armalite (with Dan Yemin, yo).
But my point is, I’m not the only one hiding secrets about certain bands I discovered way too late in life. Tell me yours. I promise not to laugh.
(And you probably already know how great this is, but if you don’t, get your hands on Atom & His Package’s cover of Madonna’s “Open Your Heart.” My favorite line is “Fuck face, I have something to say!”)