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#songoftheday: The Ataris – Your Boyfriend Sucks

The song that introduced me to “The Locked Car Test”.

On their way to the song’s outro, The Ataris through in a clip from A Bronx Tale, where Chazz Palminteri gives Lillo Brancato some advice on how to find a nice girl.

Here’s the jist of it:
1) Start with a locked car.
2) Unlock the passenger side, and open the door for your date.
3) After they’re in, proceed to walk around the back of the car, on your way to the drivers side.

If your date:
A) Reaches over and unlocks your door for you:
– Congrats! They’re genuinely thoughtful, and your future looks bright.
B) Sits there and waits for you to unlock your own door:
– It means they’re self absorbed, and you probably shouldn’t set up that second date.

Unfortunately, the proliferation of power locks, and my lack of a car, have really held back my ability to use this advice in my everyday life.


#songoftheday: The Ataris – In This Diary

First up, I apologize for the sound quality, but this is the actual video from my high school graduation.

“Good Riddance” by Green Day was the quintessential graduation song of the time, but my class and I already had the time of our lives in grade 8. Thankfully, The Ataris stepped up to the plate, and delivered a song that seemed like it was written just for us.

Fat Music Vol. IV: Life in the Fat Lane


For me, this album was basically the Big Shiny Tunes 2 of punk music. A collection of some really great songs, and a snapshot of a time where Punk music was on the cusp of big mainstream success.

In a bit of a repeat theme, my introduction to Fat Music Volume IV involved after-school PlayStation sessions. The differences being, this was a different friend, we were playing Twisted Metal 3, and there was approximately 100% more German punk music involved.

Life in the Fat Lane put me in that coveted position of knowing all about the coolest bands that nobody else had heard of yet. The “yet” part was the key point, because there’s that implication that at any time, one of these bands could become immensely popular. For the most part, that didn’t happen, but I still felt like I was holding the keys to the cool kingdom on my way into high school. I was all set to be “that guy” who could be relied on to spread the knowledge of Lagwagon and Swingin’ Utters. This also, for the most part, didn’t end up happening.

I did, however, end up bonding with a future best friend over our mutual love of Me First and the Gimmie Gimmes. Nothing quite says “instant friends”, like a shared appreciation of Rogers and Hammerstein played really, really fast.

1. Lagwagon – May 16
2. Mad Caddies – Road Rash
3. No Use for a Name – Coming Too Close
4. Sick of it All – Pass the Buck
5. Consumed – **** Called Maurice
6. Swingin’ Utters – Promise to Distinction
7. Good Riddance – Heresy, Hypocrisy, and Revenge
8. Frenzal Rhomb – Do You Wanna Fight Me?
9. Strung Out – The Exhumation of Virginia Madison
10. Avail – Taken
11. The Ataris – San Dimas High School Football Rules
12. Tilt – Old School Pig
13. Goober Patrol – Part Time SF Ecologist
14. NOFX – The Plan
15. Snuff – Keep the Beat
16. Screeching Weasel – Dummy Up
17. Me First and the Gimme Gimmes – My Favorite Things
18. WIZO – Quadrat im Kreis

#songoftheday: The Ataris – San Dimas High School Football Rules

This is without a doubt, my favourite song off Life in the Fat Lane.
The lyrics tell a story of a guy, stuck in the friend zone, and hopelessly in love with an unattainable girl. It’s sad, but really sweet and sincere at the same time.

In my opinion, it’s the greatest punk rock love song ever.