1 Losing Streak
3 San Dimas High School Football Rules
4 Your Boyfriend Sucks
5 I Won't Spend Another Night Alone
6 Broken Promise Ring
7 Angry Nerd Rock
8 The Last Song I Will Ever Write About A Girl
10 Better Way
11 My Hotel Year
12 Life Makes No Sense
14 In Spite Of The World
This album was clearly The Ataris' stepping stone album. Anywhere But Here was great, but it blended in with many other bands at the time. Here, Kris Roe and the Ataris beautifully flex their story-telling, song writing muscle here.
So Long, Astoria is their fourth full length, and most mature album to date. But without Blue Skies, it would be nothing. It is here where they adopted their style and built onto it with experience and the improving benefits of time. This is very heartfelt album with great stories to tell. Lyrically, Roe took from the usual "things were great, she broke my heart - life sucks" idea, incorporated it into his own experiences and wrote great relateable, not cliche, lyrics to it. Musically, the chord progressions and melodies are superb and un-matchable for the time, and even today.
Just listen and read into songs like 1*15*96, the infamous San Dimas Highschool Football Rules, In Spite of the World and ESPECIALLY My Hotel Year, you'll get what we mean.