The Smithereens

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  1. Rick330man

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    Sadly, it has been 3 1/2 years since lead singer Pat Di Nizio left us. Fortunately, however, the band left us a great body of work.

    These guys were not my favorite band, but the songs of theirs that I like I really like a lot. Along the same lines, the "Green Thoughts" album blew me away. To this day, it remains one of my top 10 favorite albums of all time.

    My college aged sons recently "rediscovered" them. My oldest heard some of their songs being played and remembered that this was music his old man had exposed him to when he was young. He asked me to give him a Smithereens top five list. Here's mine in order of preference:

    (5) Something New.
    (4) Top of the Pops.
    (3) House That We Used to Live In.
    (2) Only A Memory
    (1) Behind the Wall of Sleep.

    What's your Smithereens top five?
     
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    1. Strangers When We Meet
    2. A Girl Like You
    3. Cigarette
    4. Only a Memory
    5. The House That We Used to Live In

    We always had several Smithereens tunes on our set list.


    RIP Pat.
     
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    I have heard them in the return to nuke 'em high movie.
     
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    Your post brought back some memories of my freshman year in college. One of our track coaches always played the Smithereens when we were warming up.

    I don't recall a lot of songs, but "Blood and Roses" was played at the start of nearly every practice.
     
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    My favorite is Drown In My Own Tears.
    I love that one.
    I also like Blue Period, A Girl Like You, Blues Before And After, and Much Too Much.
    RIP and thanks, Pat.
     
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    I always liked "Blood and Roses", and "Maria Elena"...among others... Fantastic band, God bless Pat...
     
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    I'll struggle to come up with the next 4, but this is my number 1
     
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    Was never a big Smithereens fan, but have always liked some of their songs. I really don't know much about this band, and didn't even know Pat had died.

    In the summer of 2005, or maybe it was 2006, I was living in a small Wisconsin town. I took my son, then about 4 or 5 to a small carnival held in a park. There was the usual bouncy houses, face painting, fried bread crap, and stuff like that. At the edge of the park was a large party tent. Outside the tent was a small sign with "The Smithereens" written in marker. I couldn't believe The Smithereens were going to play at this nowhere little carnival. Since they were about to start playing, I decided to stick around.

    To my surprise, there was no one in the tent besides the band, myself, and my son. They started playing something I'd never heard and they were LOUD. Then they played Blood and Roses, which of course I'd heard before. Again, LOUD! I kept thinking that surely people would recognize this tune and start wandering in, but no.

    I wanted to stay and hear them play, but it was way too loud for my son. I felt bad leaving the tent with the Smithereens rocking out to an empty tent. Here they were, a band with actual "hit songs", playing to an empty tent at a small town carnival. I don't know if they ever got an audience there or not.
     
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    I’m a big fan of the Smithereens. It is tough for me to come up with only 5. At this moment I would say:

    Blood and Roses
    Beauty and Sadness (the live version that came out on a EP cd in the late ‘80’s)
    In a Lonely Place
    Room Without a View
    Only a Memory
     
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    I was just listening to some Smithereens earlier today. Not necessarily my FAVORITE band, but definitely in my top ten or twenty bands.
    One favorite song is actually a cover....and they "bump it up" from the original.
     
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    And she stood just like Bill Wyman
    Now I am her biggest fan


    What a great band. Thanks for the reminder. Vinyl!
     
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    Strangers When We Meet just may be my #1 favorite power-pop tune. It has everything that makes a song truly great: the hook, evocative lyrics that tell great story, killer guitar tones, amazing arrangement, ringing vocal harmonies, and perfect execution.

    I saw the band play a bunch over the years and met the boys several times. They all were very personable, humble, and truly appreciative of all their fans.

     
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    The debut album was fantastic. Just great songs.

    I think had they hit maybe 10 years later, they might have been bigger. The Early 80's were still too close to the mid 60's British Invasion sound they had, and they seemed out of place at that moment.

    At the time they were eclipsed by bands like REM and The Smiths who where updating those same 60's sounds in maybe more innovative ways.

    Also, and this is maybe a vapid and shallow thing to say, but had they had a more "matinee", or charismatic lead singer, (like those bands above) they probably would have gone further.

    I spent a night drinking with Pat in a NYC East Village bar one night in the late 90's, and we talked about the first album.

    He was incredibly nice, and patient, and I was probably the 10,000th guy in his life who bought him drinks so I could talk music with him.
     
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    That’s so cool!
     
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    I did that one night, too. A couple of guys in my band and I ran into him at Dick Manitoba's 'bar' (BYOB) and ended up at some joint on the Lower East Side.

    He told us the story of how he was supposed to have produced the first Smashing Pumpkins record, but he declined because they were wasted like 90% of the time.

    Such a good guy. He left us way too soon.

    - D
     
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    Pat had a great voice.
     
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    Their first few albums were great. Some of favorite Smithereen tunes.

    1. Behind a Wall of Sleep
    2. A Girl Like You
    3. Blood and Roses
    4. Only a Memory
    5. Strangers When We Meet
    6. In a Lonely Place
    7. Time and Time Again
    8. The World We Know
    9. House We Used To Live In
    10. Green Thoughts
     
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    Yeah, I was with him in either Manitoba's, or Horseshoe (Vazacs) at 7th and B, or perhaps Sine, when it was on St Marks. Some time in the late 90's or early 2000's. He was always in one of those places.
     
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    I saw them live in a very small venue in Sag Harbor New York.
    This had to be right after "11" was released. They really kicked ass!
    They where a true rock n roll band! That whole night was great!
     
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