This Station Is Non-Operational

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
At the Drive-In was: Tony, Jim, Paul, Cedric, and Omar. As accomplished as they became after ATDI's 2001 split, This Station Is Non-Operational really makes you miss the focused intensity of the band's salad days. This hits and rarities retrospective is chronological, moving from "Fahrenheit" and "Picket Fence Cartel" off 1997's Gran Orgo through to selections from their 2000 swan song Relationship of Command. Remixes, covers, 7" singles, and a BBC session follow; the guitar tone in their 1998 version of "This Night Has Opened My Eyes" matches the Smiths' perfectly. There's a great dynamic between "Chanbara" and "Lopsided," both from In Casino Out. "Chanbara" is taut, and...
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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
At the Drive-In was: Tony, Jim, Paul, Cedric, and Omar. As accomplished as they became after ATDI's 2001 split, This Station Is Non-Operational really makes you miss the focused intensity of the band's salad days. This hits and rarities retrospective is chronological, moving from "Fahrenheit" and "Picket Fence Cartel" off 1997's Gran Orgo through to selections from their 2000 swan song Relationship of Command. Remixes, covers, 7" singles, and a BBC session follow; the guitar tone in their 1998 version of "This Night Has Opened My Eyes" matches the Smiths' perfectly. There's a great dynamic between "Chanbara" and "Lopsided," both from In Casino Out. "Chanbara" is taut, and full of spirited lyrics and periodic explosions; it's provides the definition of 1990's post-hardcore. But while "Lopsided" also has that tension, it's much closer to the austerity and melody of indie rock. Because of where ATDI went after their breakup -- in particular Cedric Bixler and Omar Rodriguez with the elemental, furiously improvisational the Mars Volta -- it's easy to forget about At the Drive-In's capacity for convention. Their spectacular live show was a big part of their success. But as This Station Is Non-Operational continually points out, At the Drive-In wrote incredible songs, too. Vaya's "198d" is an honest-to-God ballad, and "Rascuache" from the same EP appears here in remix form, a dubby, electronics-addled version dating from a 1999 7" on Buddyhead/Grand Royal. "One Armed Scissor" was At the Drive-In's most well-known song; it's responsible for this anthology's title, and is no less incendiary here. Other This Station Is Non-Operational standouts: "Autorelocator"'s hissing, faraway synths, and the appropriately psych rock cover of Pink Floyd's "Take Up They Stethoscope and Walk" that closes the set. This Station Is Non-Operational also included a DVD with videos, a full discography, and multimedia content.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/24/2005
  • Label: Fearless Records
  • UPC: 714753007420
  • Catalog Number: 30074

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fahrenheit (2:25)
  2. 2 Picket Fence Cartel (2:29)
  3. 3 Chanbara (2:57)
  4. 4 Lopsided (4:40)
  5. 5 Napoleon Solo (4:44)
  6. 6 Pickpocket (2:35)
  7. 7 Metronome Arthritis (3:58)
  8. 8 1986 (4:03)
  9. 9 One Armed Scissor (3:45)
  10. 10 Enfilade (5:02)
  11. 11 Non-Zero Possibility (5:33)
  12. 12 Incetardis (3:26)
  13. 13 Doorman's Placebo (5:32)
  14. 14 Autorelocator (4:59)
  15. 15 Rascuache (3:24)
  16. 16 This Night Has Opened My Eyes (3:58)
  17. 17 Initiation (3:33)
  18. 18 Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk (5:03)
Disc 2
  1. 1 One Armed Scissor
  2. 2 Invalid Litter Dept.
  3. 3 Metronome Arthritis
  4. 4 Operations Manual (Electronic Press Kit)
  5. 5 Discography
  6. 6 Extras
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
At the Drive-In Primary Artist
Marcelo Rodche Percussion
Technical Credits
Paul Drake Cover Photo
Alex Newport Engineer
Bobby Torres Engineer
Chuck Johnson Engineer
Simon Askew Producer
Ross Robinson Producer
At the Drive-In Composer
Mike Major Engineer
Brad Vance Mastering
Paul Hinojos Direction
Tony Hajjar Direction
ATDI Direction
Justin Leah Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Poor Song Choice

    'At the Drive In' already had a best of album. It's called Relationship of Command!!!! I strongly suggest picking that up before or if grabbing this album. The song choice here isn't the best, and the album doesn't give you the raw, frenzied, attack At the Drive In's famous for. For some reason they seem to have gone for something different on this album.

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    Posted August 19, 2009

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