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Saturday, November 1, 2008

THE SMITHEREENS (BEAUTY AND SADNESS)

Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi get all the notoriety when people mention rock acts from New Jersey. But, for my money the Smithereens are more deserving. I was lucky enough to see them in New York City once and I don't know if I just saw them on a good night . But let me tell you, their studio stuff as great as it is don't do them justice. They were like a sonic wall of guitar power and melody wrapped up in one . They blew me away, and I became an instant fan!!! This is what Wikipedia had to say. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beauty_and_Sadness The Smithereens are a rock band from Carteret, New Jersey, United States. The group, formed in 1980, has consisted of Pat DiNizio (vocals & guitar), Jim Babjak (guitar & vocals), Mike Mesaros (bass guitar & vocals), and Dennis Diken (drums & percussion) until 2006, when Mike parted ways with the band. Severo "The Thrilla" Jornacion currently fills his spot.
The Smithereens are known for writing and playing catchy 1960s-influenced power pop. The group gained some publicity when a single from its first album, "Blood and Roses", was included on the soundtrack for, and as the theme song of the 1986 Albert Pyun movie, Dangerously Close, and the video got some moderately heavy rotation on MTV. The group spent some time in its initial semi-celebrity phase defending itself in Rolling Stone against thinly-veiled accusations of sounding too much like The Byrds and The Beatles, pointing out that its Marshall Amplifier-heavy live sound was closer to heavy metal than it was to The Beatles. The Smithereens have always worn their inspirations proudly, The group, which has long had a reputation for playing excellent live shows, is still active and tours frequently. Their next studio album is expected to be released in early 2009.
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LITTLE RICKY RECORDS 1983
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1. TRACEY'S WORLD
2. MUCH TOO MUCH
3. SOME OTHER GUY
4. BEAUTY AND SADNESS
5. BEAUTY AND SADNESS (INSTRUMENTAL MIX)
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