The Smithereens









The Smithereens

is a band which plays rock and roll music and they are from Carteret, New jersey. The group was formed in 1980 and consists of four musicians. They are Pat Dinizio ( guitar and lead singer), Jim Babjak (guitar), Mike Mesaros (bass guitar), and Dennis Diken (drummer). In 2006, Mike left the group and Severo (The Thrilla) Jornacion took his place. The group is known for their writing and also for their 1960 power pop tunes. The single from their first album, Blood and Roses, was played as the theme song for the movie, Dangerously Close, which was an Albert Pyun movie. The group received some success and popularity with this song. The video was also popular on MTV. The group were accused of sounding too much like the Byrds, The Rolling Stones, and The Beatles. It is believed that some people felt that the downfall of the group was the fact that they were possibly hurt by the rise of grunge music. Their sound did not seem to be very popular or in demand at the time.

Some of those who influenced Dinzineo was Buddy Holly, The Who, The Clash, Elvis Costello, and Nick Lowe. They had an obsession with Mod, which was the Invasion style of Johnís Children On the Move, and other groups of the fifties and sixties music. Back then the music was considered to have substance and style, much unlike that of today. The group was featured in the film, Nuke Emí High, with their song, Much Too Much.

In 1990 the Smithereens reached their peak in performance with their Smithereens 11 which reached number 41 on the Billboard Pop charts. The single which came from the album, A Girl Like You went to number 38 on the charts. The group has collaborated with many musicians in the studio and also live. They collaborated in the studio with Suzanne Vega, and Belinda Carlisle, and live with Graham Parker and The Kinks. The Smithereens still tour and perform live shows which they are noted as doing very well. Occasionally William Rozar will play with the Smithereens. He was with the group before the group became popular. He had left the band because of their use of drugs. He also formed The Witches In Bikinis Band. The group includes live music and dancing and is based on the Halloween theme.

The Smithereens released 10 Studio albums, 73 live albums, 4 compilations, 8 soundtrack albums which included the Smithereens, and 13 singles. Many people may not recognize the group but they do have many fans and who knows, they may release more albums or singles in the future.