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The Smithereens: Live in Concert! Greatest Hits and More

The Smithereens are a great power-pop bar band.


The Smithereens

Live in Concert!

Subtitle: Greatest Hits and More
Label: Koch Records
US Release Date: 2008-05-08
UK Release Date: 2008-06-02
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The Smithereens are a great power-pop bar band. That may read like an oxymoron, but it’s the truth. Vocalist Pat DiNizio might sing the lost-my-girl-blues with songs like “Only a Memory” and “Drown in My Own Tears”, but his fellow band mates -- guitarist Jim Babjak, drummer Dennis Diken, and bassist Severo Jornacion -- also help him work up a powerful head of steam. Sure, you can pick up these songs on a greatest hits collection. But it’s far better when DiNizio sings his great line, “She stood just like Bill Wyman”, in front of a sweaty, beer-soaked audience. Many of these songs are a few decades old now, but you wouldn’t gather that from this live date. It still sounds like there are a few open wounds left. Better still, in addition to the group’s high-powered musical pain formula, there’s also a cover of the Batman theme tacked on at the end.

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