XPN’s Gotta Hear Song(s) of the Week: The Smithereens cover The Boss and the Fab Four

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The Smithereens | photo courtesy of the artist

Since lead singer and guitarist Pat DeNizio’s death in December, 2017, The Smithereens – Jim Babjak, Dennis Diken, and Mike Mesaros have picked up the pieces and are playing some shows with various lead singers including guests Marshall Crenshaw and Robin Wilson.

In May of this year, the band released Covers, a collection of 22 covers of songs by The Beatles, The Clash, The Who, T.Rex, Iggy Pop, Sam the Sham & The Pharoahs, Irma Thomas, and others. The band has been known for covering some classic pop songs over their long history, and this recent collection speaks to DeNizio’s appreciation of super melodic, hook driven pop.

It’s been 32 years since the band debuted with Especially For You, and thirty years since the release of Green Thoughts, their sophomore release, and breakthrough record with now classics like “Only A Memory,” “House We Used To Live In,” and “Drown In My Own Tears”

Below, listen to The Smithereens cover The Boss and The Fab Four.


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