Back in 1998, comedian David Spade, the guy who is not Chris Farley in Tommy Boy, cut a fantastic HBO stand up special called “Take The Hit.” Fast forward to 2016 and, of course, it’s up on youtube for free, under the title “David Spade Full Stand Up Comedy.” In the special, Spade mentions his distaste for bands changing their songs from their recorded versions during live performances. It’s a great bit and you should check out his whole special. And paradoxically, I am always reminded of it when I hear bands that sound exactly like their records live.
Over this past summer, someone updated the the Ataris’ youtube channel with live videos of the set they did during the filming of their music video for “In This Diary” off their album “So Long, Astoria” back in 2003. I mention this for a few reasons. One, why is some corporate bot still uploading old Ataris videos to youtube? Two, the Ataris are fucking great. And three, Kris Roe’s voice is incredible live. He sounds just like the record. No tricks.