Archive for March, 2009

A Long Time Ago…

Back in 2001, our first official full concert was at CONvergence (we played MarsCon a few months earlier as a kind of warm up).  CONvergence was the main reason why the band was formed.

We wanted to make this concert HUGE.  I think we played for an hour and a half.  We rehearsed nonstop.  We promoted the HELL out of the show.  12:00 MIDNIGHT!  We hung dozens of fliers up all over the hotel.

Around 11:30pm we got word that our show was being bumped in favor of anther band.  At midnight, the mainstage was PACKED from all the publicity we drummed up around the hotel, but instead of The Nick Atoms, they got “Ear Candy”:  Two girls dressed up like Devo, playing techno dance music on a keyboard.  (hrmmm… sounds familiar)

We finally got on stage about 1:00am and prepared to kick all ass.  The audience was very receptive as we closed the show with our most complicated number to date.  A song that I dont think we could ever tackle again…

The entire end credit music to Star Wars(1977).


The Nick Atoms on VH1! (sorta)

Back in 2006, VH1’s “I Love Toys” series featured a little sketch entitled “Cobra Commanders Day Off” which sampled a very familiar song. 

Did we get recognition for it?  No.

Do we care?  Well, considering how obscure it was, it probably wouldn’t have mattered.

Witness our 40 second anonymous stardom on our video page!

Prehistoric Footage of The Nick Atoms

With a generous grant from The Nick Atoms Historical Society, we were able to excavate footage from one of the first rehearsals from the band.  This was pre costumes and concept, with just two songs under our belt (both Krofft songs).

Filmed in the fall of 2000, this footage is further proof that we did actually practice together on a regular basis.  We were no strangers to rehearsing twice a week, sometimes six hours a day.  Of course, there was always the obligatory “White Castle” break where we brainstormed some impossible-to-execute ideas for our shows.


Complete Albums Available for Download

Several people have downloaded all of the tracks available on our Music page. We like to call those people “early adopters.” Those folks are blazing the trail for the rest of you casual diners to follow.

To make the hording of quality The Nick Atoms tunes a little bit easier, we have added complete albums for download. Yes, now you can click once to have all of that album’s tracks downloaded in one file. It couldn’t be easier.

The All-New, All-Different The Nick Atoms Website

Today we officially launch the new The Nick Atoms Historical Society website. This new site will serve as a repository for all of the artifacts we can dig up regarding the band that is, and was, The Nick Atoms. Our goal is to document as much of our history as we can muster, because our fans, new and old, deserve as much.

The site launches with a metric ton of media content. Here are some examples of what we have in store:

Music: We are offering up all of the music from our four CD releases in an interactive streaming playlist. But that’s not all! Every track is available for download, free of charge. We plan to add more musical content in the coming months, including rarities, bootlegs, live recordings, and other previously unreleased tracks. Our goal is to give you as much of our music as we can find.

Video: Several YouTube videos are aggregated on the video page. There is much more to come. Coburn has been scouring the video archives for choice nuggets of archival footage to share with our fans. There are also discussions about producing new video content.

Photos: All of the photo sets from the original TNA website are available again! These will be supplemented with new photo sets from our past appearances, and the existing sets will be expanded with photos never before seen outside of Dr. Ted Nelson’s study.

New content will be added regularly to the site. We have plans for an art gallery which will include original artwork and show posters. An expanded history — both fictional and actual — could be in the offing.

We hope that you will stop by often to see what we are up to.