The Smithereens

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The Smithereens are an American rock band from Carteret, New Jersey, United States. The group formed in 1980 with members Pat DiNizio (vocals & guitar), Jim Babjak (guitar & vocals), Mike Mesaros (bass guitar & vocals), and Dennis Diken (drums & percussion). This lineup continued until 2006, when Mesaros left the band and Severo Jornacion took over on bass guitar.

The band are perhaps best known for a string of modest hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s, including "Only a Memory", "A Girl Like You", "Blues Before and After". The Smithereens have collaborated with numerous musicians, both in the studio (Suzanne Vega and Belinda Carlisle) and live (Graham Parker and The Kinks). The band's name comes from a Yosemite Sam catchphrase, "Varmint, I'm a-gonna blow you to smithereens!"

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Year Title RatingReleases
1986 Especially for You 3
1988 Green Thoughts 4
1989 11 2
1991 Blow Up 1
1994 A Date With The Smithereens 3
1999 God Save The Smithereens 2
2007 Meet The Smithereens 2
2007 Christmas With the Smithereens 1
2008 B-Sides The Beatles 1
2009 Tommy 1
2011 2011 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1995 Rarities: Attack of The Smithereens 1
1995 Blown to Smithereens: Best of The Smithereens 2
1997 The Best of The Smithereens 1
2004 Anthology: From Jersey It Came 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2006 Extended Versions 1
2008 Live in Concert - Greatest Hits and More! 2


Year Title RatingReleases
Get a Hold of My Heart 1
Miles From Nowhere 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1980 Girls About Town 1
1983 Beauty and Sadness 2
1992 Too Much Passion 1

EP + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1988 Live 1


Year Title RatingReleases
Top of the Pops 1

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