Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The Smithereens - Blown To Smithereens, Best Of

The Smithereens are a rock band from Carteret, New Jersey. The group, formed in 1980, has consisted of Pat DiNizio (lead singer/guitar), Jim Babjak (guitar), Mike Mesaros (bass guitar), and Dennis Diken (drums) 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, but the band also influenced other musicians, most notably Kurt Cobain during the period he was writing Nevermind. Ironically, some feel the Smithereens (like many early 1990s bands) were hurt by the rise of grunge music.


Tricky said...

Gidday Bruce

I'm uploading Blow Your Cool now .. shouldnt be too long

hey .. if you havent already checked it out I thought You may like to look at the following link (there are 9 pages of great Oz music and hopefully more to come)


tricky said...

hey .. told you it wouldnt be too long. Here is the Blow Your Cool link:

also,one I found for Hoodoos live album "Bite The Bullet" ... (details below)

p/w: eternally-yours

01. Hoodoo Gurus - Doctor Rock
02. Hoodoo Gurus - Down on Me
03. Hoodoo Gurus - Come Anytime
04. Hoodoo Gurus - Dig it Up
05. Hoodoo Gurus - You Open my Eyes
06. Hoodoo Gurus - I Want you Back
07. Hoodoo Gurus - Please Yourself
08. Hoodoo Gurus - Waking Up Tired
09. Hoodoo Gurus - Tojo
10. Hoodoo Gurus - Miss Freelove '69
11. Hoodoo Gurus - 1,000 Miles Away
12. Hoodoo Gurus - What's my Scene?
13. Hoodoo Gurus - It's Kingsy Time
14. Hoodoo Gurus - Be my Guru
15. Hoodoo Gurus - The Right Time
16. Hoodoo Gurus - Like Wow - Wipeout
17. Hoodoo Gurus - Wild Thing (ft. Cronulla Rugby Team's Mark Caroll)

bruce said...

Gidday Tricky
cheers mate, stay stuned, stay in touch

bBottlelow said...

Thanks Bruce!

mefistum said...

Thanks for the disc Bruce :)

Anonymous said...

thank you