‘She was tall and cool and pretty and she dressed as black as coal…’

The Smithereens snuck up on me. I have no idea heard about them, but I’m pretty sure no one I knew ever mentioned them. Maybe a message board did. But I’m going to credit, of all entities, BMG Music Club. Years after the band broke big (or as big as they broke), the sound of Smithereens was everything I wanted from late nineties’ and early aughts’ power pop but couldn’t get: bigger drums, angrier guitars, darker (but still feeling and human) moods. Among other inspirations, they drew lyrics from a cruel-Bogart Nicholas Ray movie. Who did that?

RIP Pat DiNizio.

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