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.
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.