Smithereens flashback

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  1. NotAnotherHobby

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    They racked up a bunch of hits initially, then they sort of dropped of the radar. But man, could they ever write a catchy hook!

    Just ignore the fact that the lead singer looks like Martin Lanau...





     
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    Big fan of the 'threens. They are why I own this
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    R.I.P Pat Dinizio. He rocked right up to his last days. Even as sick and pained as he was, he never stopped. :(
     
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    Their "Green Thoughts" is one of my all-time favorite albums. The rest of their stuff just never did anything for me.
     
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    Drown In My Own Tears haunts me.
    RIP Pat.
     
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    That was a loss when he passed.

    I finally got to see them in SF a few years back. I didn't appreciate them enough.
     
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    I saw them open for Tom Petty about 4 years ago. Petty was a disappointment but The Smithereens were great.
     
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    I remember seeing this video on MTV when I was in high school and it was the epitome of cool college rock.



    I saw them in '90 or '91. Awesome show.

    We played this one in my high school band:



    RIP, Pat.
     
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    That "second generation" of Ric players is what got me into them: REM, Smithereens, the Jam, etc.
     
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    Except for Mike Mesaros on bass, they were very "un-rocker-like" in appearance.....but they ROCKED! And.....one of the best band names in rock history! Has anyone heard how Jim's wife is doing? R.I.P. Pat.
     
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    I believe Jim’s wife passed away a couple years ago.

    One of my favorite bands and “Especially for You” is one of my favorite albums. As I’ve said before, they are the kind of band I’ve always wanted to be in.

    I was fortunate to meet them a few times and they were always generous with their time. They came through my area 2 years ago as part of a free concert series a neighboring town does. Dragged my son down front for his first concert experience and to the meet a greet afterwards. IMG_0154.JPG
     
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    They played in one of the big ballrooms in my university's student union in maybe '87 or '88, along with the Beat Farmers. That was one hell of a show.
     
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    Just love the Smithereens. They really hit the mark. RIP Pat, so much talent is missed.

     
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    They really were great.
    I saw Pat doing a solo gig shortly after banning smoking indoors became a thing. He lit up a smoke, said "go ahead and arrest me, f*ckers," and played "Cigarette." Well.
     
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    I always thought that Pat Dinizio sounded like a cross between Elvis Costello and Joey Ramone.
     
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    Indigo Blues.. starts massive then gets bigger and bigger..

     
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    One of my bands does A Girl Like You. Catchy intro on that one.
     
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    Wow. That's about as accurate a description as I've ever read.

    And he used to look like a young Martin Landau. Put him in a beige jumpsuit, and it's Space 1999 all over again...
     
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    To my ears, "Something New" is one of their undiscovered gems. It is a simple and melodic masterpiece.

    Pat used to explain how he came about writing the song and the meaning behind it. My impression is that he wrote it and sang it from the heart, which may be why it stands out.
     
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