Thursday, 14 December 2017

Farewell Pat DiNizio

Following less than a month after the death of Tommy Keene, the world lost another power pop legend on Tuesday, in the shape of Pat DiNizio of The Smithereens, who passed away at the age of 62. The Smithereens formed in 1980 and, at their very best, made a series of carefully crafted pop nuggets sound utterly effortless - a neat trick if you can pull it off. In their long career, the band opened for a veritable who's who of the great and good, including The Ramones, Pretenders, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Lou Reed and Bruce Springsteen. They were also big favourites of a certain Kurt Cobain.

I saw The Smithereens just once, at The London Astoria in 1988. As I recall it, the crowd was thin and strangely unresponsive. The band, however, were on fire, playing as if their lives depended on it.

Rest easy Pat.

The Smithereens - Behind the Wall of Sleep 

The Smithereens - Strangers When We Meet


Charity Chic said...

Sad news - far too you
I only have one of their records, 11, which I shall dust down and play as a tribute

Brian said...

By all accounts a very good person. I even liked his politics. Not only did he play great music, but his taste was impeccable. I played Smithereens last night in his honor.

Ramone666 said...

Bummer that. Rip Pat.

Rol said...

We need power pop these days more than ever. RIP.

Charity Chic said...

Far too young even

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