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Gimme Back My Bullets (feat. Kid Rock)
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June 2003

Southern California pop-punksters the Ataris are in the Rock Express Spotlight this week with their revved-up cover of "The Boys of Summer," first a hit for Don Henley back in 1984. "The Boys of Summer" is featured on the Ataris' Columbia release "so long, astoria," their first full-length release in nearly two years. The group was first discovered in 1997 when songwriter Kris Roe passed along his demo tape to Joe Escalante, bassist for the Vandals and owner of Kung Fu Records. Impressed by his demo tape, Escalante asked Roe to put together a full band and record for his label, Kung-Fu Records. Roe picked up and moved from Anderson, Indiana to Santa Barbara, California in search of bandmates, and eventually added guitarist Marco Peña, bassist Mike Davenport and former Lagwagon drummer Derrick Plourde. Plourde was later replaced by new drummer Chris Knapp, and Peña by Johnny Collura. The Ataris recorded their first full-length offering, "Anywhere But Here," for Kung Fu. They subsequently recorded an EP, "Look Forward To Failure" (1998 - Fat Wreck Chords), as well as the additional Kung Fu albums: "Blue Skies, Broken Hearts... Next 12 Exits" (1999) and "End Is Forever" (2001), each of which has sold more than 100,000 copies in the U.S. and has achieved similar sales successes around the world. The primacy of memory is a theme that runs through the songs on "so long, astoria." When writing for the new album, Roe got in his car and drove around to "places where I grew up, places where I used to live, my old school, all these places. At two in the morning, I'd sit in my car and I'd just write. I'd take all these Polaroids of where I grew up. I went back and stole back these memories that were once mine by taking all these Polaroids. I tried to do anything I could to make this record more vivid and detailed, even going to stalker limits." This idea goes hand-in-hand with the sentiment ex-Eagle Don Henley expressed about his original recording of 1984 Top 10 hit "The Boys of Summer." Henley said of the song: "(It) was a look back of the failure of some of the dreams we had in the sixties, some the idealism gone bad. People love nostalgia, it has that yearning, pining thing about it that we people with Irish blood always have. We're pining for something, we don't know what it is, but we're pining for it anyway." The song was originally featured on Henley's double-Platinum album "Building The Perfect Beast," which stayed on the charts for over a year. The eye-catching black-and-white video for Henley's "The Boys Of Summer" swept the MTV Video Music Awards with honors for Video of the Year, Best Direction (Jean-Baptiste Mondino), Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction. In 1986 the song also won Henley a Grammy Award in the category Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. The band has been a virtual touring machine since it's inception, Warped veterans the Ataris have signed on to the line-up for the ninth annual Vans outing. Along with the Used, Rancid, Simple Plan and the Distillers, the Ataris will hit the road June 19th in Boise, Idaho and 43 shows later, wrap up in Asbury Park, New Jersey on August 10th.


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