Saturday, April 09, 2005

Atom and His Package

This is Adam Goren, aka Atom.


His package is a sequencing synthesizer.

Together they made music until 2003, when Adam retired Atom for good. Atom and His Package are a band (if you can really call it that) that truly divides people - you love 'em or you hate 'em (I remember freshmen year of college Sean Williamson openly hating A&HP). Adam's voice is shrill and not very good, the Package's sounds are cheesy and computerized but if you begin to look deeper you find something really interesting.

First of all, a lot of Atom's songs are very funny. "Happy Birthday Ralph," "Pumping Iron for Enya," and "Mustache TV" are all hillarious in their own ways ("Ralph" is about his once fat friend, "Enya" is a love song for the New-Age artist, and "TV" is about how if you take a piece of scotch tape, draw a moustache on it and place it in the middle of your television set, hillarity ensues). However, many of the "funny" songs really have serious social commentary found within. For instance, "Hats Off to Halford" is a song about Judas Priest singer Rob Halford coming out of the closet, and how this will be a good thing on the macho, homophobic world of heavy metal. Or Atom's take on stupid punk rock ethics "Anarchy Means I Litter," which talks about how at punk shows you see people wearing anarchy t-shirts and who think that gives them the right to piss on the floors, not use a garbage can, etc. He also has a song about racism "If You Own the Washington Redskins You're a Cock," a song about the conservative media's claim of a Jewish agenda called "What we do on Christmas," a song about the trials of moving "Possession (Not the one by Danzing)," and a pro-Metric system song (of which i totally relate) "(Lord It's Hard to be Happy When You're Not) Using the Metric System."

I'm glad there are people like Goren out there making music, because i'm sure that a large chunk of his audience doesn't know they're singing about the mistreatment of non-atheletes in "Punk Rock Academy" or that so many of the lyrics are socially relevant, but after awhile the point has to get to them, and hopefully, some of them will change for the better.

He's not for everyone, but Atom (and Package) are already missed.

1 Comments:

At 12:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

atom and his package is aweome

 

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