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Studio album by Head Automatica
Released 6 June 2006
Recorded January 2006
Genre Power pop, pop punk, alternative rock
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Howard Benson
Head Automatica chronology
Pop Rocks

Popaganda is the second studio album by American rock band Head Automatica. Released on June 6, 2006, it was produced by Howard Benson.


While on tour in May 2005, the band performed "Graduation", and frontman Daryl Palumbo claimed that group had 30 new songs.[1]

Recording and composition[edit]

On January 6, 2006, it was announced that the band had begun recording with producer Howard Benson. It was projected to be released in spring 2006.[2]

Vocalist/guitarist Daryl Palumbo described the album as being "more musical" than anything he had done previously, calling it "very melodic".Taking influence from the Beatles, in addition to the Mod revival of the 1970s, he "want[ed] all the hooks to soar and all the songs to be as memorable and melodic as possible." Breaking down the album into sections, he described it as "one part the Knack, one part Cheap Trick, five parts Elvis Costello and the Attractions, one part Graham Parker, and tons of Nick Lowe melody lines" with "a modern take on those artists".[2]

Release and reception[edit]

After finishing up recording,[2] the group went on a tour of the U.S. from late January to late February 2006.[3] They were supported by Morningwood.[3] On March 3, "Graduation Day" was made available for streaming.[4] On March 28, "Laughing at You" was made available for streaming, and the album's track listing was revealed. In March and April, the band went on a short headlining tour. On April 4, a digital-only EP was released, titled Pop Rocks, it features the previously released "Graduation Day" and "Laughing at You", as well as new songs "Nowhere Fast" and "God".[5] In April, the band supported Avenged Sevenfold and Coheed and Cambria on their co-headlining tour of the U.S.[6] On April 7, the album's artwork was revealed, and "Lying Through Your Teeth" was made available for streaming.[7] On April 12, "Nowhere Fast" was made available for streaming.[8] On May 3, a music video was released for "Graduation Day".[9]

Popaganda was released on June 6 through Warner Bros.[4] In June and July, the band went on tour with Taking Back Sunday and Angels & Airwaves.[10] "Graduation Day" was released to radio on June 20, 2006.[11] On August 25, a music video was released for "Lying Through Your Teeth".[12] On October 13, a new music video was released for "Lying Through Your Teeth".[13] "Lying Through Your Teeth" was released to radio on October 17, 2006.[11] Two days later, it was announced that drummer Larry Gorman was kicked out of the group. Gorman explained that it was mostly in part to "the fact that the relationship between Daryl and I has slowly been deteriorating over the last couple of years."[14] In October and November, the band went on the MTV$2 Bill Tour alongside Thirty Seconds to Mars.[15] In February 2007, the band supported Jack's Mannequin on their tour of the U.S.[16]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk 69% [17]
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars [18]
Punknews.org 3/5 stars [19]
Rocknworld.com 4/5 stars [20]

It reached a peak position of #87 on the UK Albums Chart.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Graduation Day" – 3:42
  2. "Laughing at You" – 2:45
  3. "Lying Through Your Teeth" – 3:29
  4. "Nowhere Fast" – 3:00
  5. "Scandalous" – 4:10
  6. "Curious" – 2:43
  7. "God" – 3:01
  8. "Shot in the Back (The Platypus)" – 3:43
  9. "Million Dollar Decision" – 4:04
  10. "She's Not It" – 3:29
  11. "Egyptian Musk" – 3:53
  12. "Cannibal Girl" – 3:10
  13. "K HORSE" – 4:48
  14. "Beating Heart Baby (Chris Lord-Alge mix)" – 3:26



  1. ^ Giaramita, Frank (May 10, 2005). "Fan Reports In: Head Automatica's New Songs". AbsolutePunk.net. Archived from the original on May 12, 2005. Retrieved September 25, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Head Automatica recording new album with Howard Benson". Alternative Press. January 6, 2006. Retrieved June 26, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Head Automatica announce Jan/Feb tour with Morningwood". Alternative Press. December 21, 2005. Retrieved June 25, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Head Automatica post first track from Popaganda". Alternative Press. March 3, 2006. Retrieved July 19, 2016. 
  5. ^ "New audio, tracklisting, dates from Head Automatica". Alternative Press. March 28, 2006. Retrieved July 19, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Head Automatica, Eighteen Visions to open A7X/Coheed tour". Alternative Press. February 15, 2006. Retrieved June 29, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Head Automatica post new song, cover art". Alternative Press. April 7, 2006. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Another new Head Automatica song posted". Alternative Press. April 12, 2006. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Head Automatica release "Graduation Day" video". Alternative Press. May 3, 2006. Retrieved July 28, 2016. 
  10. ^ Montgomery, James (April 21, 2006). "Taking Back Sunday, Angels & Airwaves Announce Tour Dates". MTV. Retrieved July 12, 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "FMQB Airplay Archive: Modern Rock". Friday Morning Quarterback Album Report, Incorporated. Retrieved October 31, 2016. 
  12. ^ "AP Exclusive: See the new Head Automatica video right now!". Alternative Press. August 25, 2006. Retrieved August 4, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Head Automatica post new "Lying Through Your Teeth" video". Alternative Press. October 13, 2006. Retrieved August 6, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Head Automatica kick out drummer Larry Gorman". Alternative Press. October 19, 2006. Retrieved August 6, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Dates for 30 Seconds To Mars/Head Automatica tour revealed". Alternative Press. September 8, 2006. Retrieved August 4, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Jack's Mannequin announce tour with Head Automatica". Alternative Press. November 27, 2006. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  17. ^ link
  18. ^ Popaganda at AllMusic
  19. ^ link
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