Look Forward to Failure

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Look Forward to Failure
The Ataris - Look Forward to Failure cover.jpg
EP by The Ataris
Released November 10, 1998
Recorded September 14-18, 1998
Genre Pop punk, skate punk
Length 14:40
Label Fat Wreck Chords
Producer Bill Stevenson, Stephen Egerton, Joey Cape
The Ataris chronology
Anywhere but Here
(1997)Anywhere but Here1997
Look Forward to Failure
Blue Skies, Broken Hearts...Next 12 Exits
(1999)Blue Skies, Broken Hearts...Next 12 Exits1999

Look Forward to Failure is an EP released on November 10, 1998 by The Ataris on Fat Wreck Chords. This was the first album released to feature the fan favorite "San Dimas High School Football Rules". That song later appeared on Blue Skies, Broken Hearts...Next 12 Exits. The band also intended on putting the song "That Special Girl" on Blue Skies, Broken Hearts as well but it didn't make the cut. The song features Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 on backing vocals. The version of "My Hotel Year" that appears on this EP is the electric version and contains an extra verse at the end. The version that ended up on Blue Skies was acoustic and shortened.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "San Dimas High School Football Rules" - 2:45
  2. "Not a Worry in the World" - 2:22
  3. "My So Called Life" - 2:41
  4. "My Hotel Year" - 2:18
  5. "Between You and Me" - 2:36
  6. "That Special Girl" - 1:55 (featuring Mark Hoppus)

Band members[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Back up vocals were provided by Mark Hoppus and Chad Price.
  • Tracks 2, 3, 4, and 6 were recorded and mixed at The Blasting Room in Fort Collins, CO on September 14–18, 1998. They were produced and engineered by Bill Stevenson and Stephen Egerton and mixed by Jason Livermore.
  • Tracks 1 and 5 were recorded at Orange Whip Studios in Santa Barbara, CA. They were produced by Joey Cape and engineered by Angus Cooke.


  • The song "My So Called Life" was written by Kris because he had a crush on Claire Danes. He also later wrote a song entitled "Ben Lee", which was about Claire's boyfriend of the same name and how much Kris hated him.
  • The song "My Hotel Year" was inspired by the book Life After God by Douglas Coupland.