Throwback Thursday: The Smithereens

The SmithereensThis week’s Throwback Thursday celebrates the twenty-second anniversary of The Smithereens’ album Blow Up!

Pat DiNizio was born on October 12th, 1955 in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. DiNizio was interested in music from a very young age always next to the radio listening to his musical idols of the 60’s like The Beatles and Buddy Holly. Soon DiNizio met up with three other musicians that played together in high school, Jim Babjak, Mike Mesaros, and Dennis Diken. The new band got their name from Yosemite Sam’s catchphrase “I’m a-gonna blow you to smithereens!” The Smithereens were big in the college rock scene of the late eighties with artists like The Smiths, XTC, and The Replacements, but The Smithereens had a very unique style. DiNizio pulled a lot from his 1960’s UK power pop idols and contributed his own haunting lyrics and extremely catchy hooks. By the end of 1980, The Smithereens independently released their first EP, Girls About Town, featuring four songs with “girl” in the title. It was a long six years before the band was signed to Enigma records and released their debut album, Especially For You. The breakout album from The Smithereens received positive reviews and MTV regularly spun the music video for the hit song “Blood and Roses.” The Smithereens continued to come out with new albums every few years which featured some of their biggest songs like “Only a Memory” and “A Girl Like You.” The band is still together today and go tour very often to play their college rock hits.

Celebrate The Smithereens and Pat DiNizio with us today at 5PM for Throwback Thursday only on 88.9 WERS

By Blaise Fritsche

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