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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by posttoastie, Jun 3, 2020.
And The Jam. Sometimes. Good combo.
Been doing this one for decades with my band The Blowtorches
Yet more proof that people that say that all 80s music sucks are completely clueless
The stabbing, minimalist solo in Only A Memory is one of the most beautiful things to come from the 80s.
The Smithereens just made my day.
I think I remember their having a hit or two back in the 90's; their name is not new to me. I haven't heard any of their music for, well, over 20 years. Thanks, @blowtorch and @posttoastie for hammering them back into my consciousness.
A really great band with no gimmicks beyond wonderful songwriting and great execution. I've been playing their stuff in bands since they appeared.
Blow Up is a killer album
Heck yeah, love ‘em.
Suggested thread title edit: Turtlenecks + Rics + Marshalls=The Smithereens
Their drummer Dennis Diken is a REAL rock n roll fan. His album Late Music is a wonderful retro Beach Boys/Who/you name it-flavored treat.
Great song and off of one of my favorite albums. I’ve been a huge fan since seeing this video on MTV for the first time in the middle of the night in the mid ‘80’s. It also helped fuel my obsession with Rickenbackers!
R.E.M. has a bit of that sound too.....
They used to do house parties and yard parties:
I think this one was in Pat's back yard.
For a Rickenbacker connection, that's Kenny Howes on bass, who used to be Ric's customer service rep.
Smithereens are one of the main reasons I have this beast:
Thanks for the recommendation. I just tracked down a copy and look forward to hearing it. I’ve always admired his drumming and was fortunate to meet him a couple times. He was always nice to talk to and seemed really in to interacting with the fans.
I really enjoyed that. Thank you.
I always wonder why they seemed to disappear after hitting it big. Always liked their songs.
One of my all time fav bands and so under-rated. I can't count how people I've asked and they said..."Smithereens who"?
They had the best vocal melodies/harmonies, the instrumentation was spot on. Nothing complicated at all but combine them and it was crazy great.
Plus they did a bunch of killer Beatles covers. I was so sad when Pat DiNizio died. In his younger days he had that beatnik thing going that was so cool at that time.
I've turned so many people onto them over the years. I think they were over-shadowed by all the crappy poppy hair bands of the 80's. Most 80's music makes me wanna puke. Power ballads being the worst of all. Followed by "I'm on the road but I'm on my way home now" type of song. Besides Chicago did it best with Wishing You Were Here.
I spent the 80's to today listening to 70's funk, good classic rock, Beatles, 60's, punk, 80's punk and bands like The dukes of the Stratosphear (and getting a huge kick when people found out they were XTC). A lot of goth, old ska, Two-Tone, old rockabilly and the resurgence of rockabilly.
80's music is the reasons I still don't listen to the radio.
R.I.P. Pat DiNizio
"Well she held a bass guitar and she was playing in a band
And she stood just like Bill Wyman
Now I am her biggest fan."
Who was the girl?.... was there any story behind that?.. or just his imagination?...
It was inspired by Kim Ernst, bassist for a Boston band called the Bristols that DiNizio had worked with.
The Smithereens did a cover album of the Who's Tommy, which I honestly like better than the original (I'm a rabid Who fan, but I always thought the original was one of their weakest records, the versions of those songs on Live At Leeds are about a trillion times better)-