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The Smithereens Biography

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Birth Place: Carteret, New Jersey, USA
Years Active: 1980 — present
Genres: Rock, College Rock, Power Pop

The Smithereens is an alternative rock band that formed in Carteret, New Jersey in 1980 by vocalist/guitarist Pat DiNizio, guitarist/vocalist Jim Babjak, bassist/vocalist Mike Mesaros and drummer Dennis Diken. Babjak, Diken and Mesaros are all from Carteret, New Jersey and graduated from Carteret High School in 1975. In 1980, they formed the band with DiNizio, who is from Scotch Plains, New Jersey.

The band released their debut EP, “Girls About Town,” in 1980. A second EP, “Beauty and Sadness,” was released in 1983. The band scored a hit with the track, “Blood and Roses,” from their debut full-length album, 1986’s “Especially for You.” The song was featured on multiple movie and TV productions.

Their LP, “Green Thoughts,” was released in 1988. It featured the single, “Only a Memory,” which reached #92 on the Billboard Hot 100, and topped the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart in 1988.

The Smithereens’ fifth studio album, “11,” was released in 1990. The album peaked at #41 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and spawned the international hit, “A Girl Like You,” which peaked at #38 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. The album “Blow Up” followed in 1991. It peaked at #120 on the Billboard 200, with the lead single “Too Much Passion,” peaking at # 37 on the Hot 100. This was the band’s last album for Capitol before their switch to RCA in the early 1990s.

The Smithereens debut LP for RCA, “A Date with the Smithereens,” was released in 1994. It was seen as a stylistic departure by the band, as it was mainly influenced by hard rock and heavy metal, while previous albums leaned more towards straightforward pop rock.

The Smithereens embarked on a five-year hiatus and reemerged in 1999 for the album, “God Save the Smithereens,” which was issued via Velvel/Koch Entertainment. 2011 saw the Smithereens release their first album of original material in 11 years, “2011,” via eOne Music.