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December 12, 1991 | MIKE BOEHM
With a song catalogue that documents almost as many shipwrecks (of the romantic sort) as Lloyd's of London, the Smithereens wouldn't seem the likeliest band to deliver an evening's light diversion. But they glossed easily over the wreckage of love in their Tuesday show at the Coach House.
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February 15, 2007 | Kevin Bronson
For a certain generation, 1964 was the year that turned the United States on its ear. "It was the year that changed everything," says Smithereens singer Pat DiNizio, ticking off events in the cultural upheaval that began with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in November 1963. "And for anybody who was musically inclined, nothing was more important than 'Meet the Beatles!' It's arguably the most important rock 'n' roll record of all time."
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November 22, 1986 | RICHARD CROMELIN
"I thought I would like the desert, going through Arizona," said the Smithereens' lead singer Pat DiNizio. "But it scared me more than anything." "Yeah," interjected drummer Dennis Diken. "Those monsters we saw? Wow!" DiNizio managed a smile through the heavy cold he's been unable to shake during the New Jersey quartet's unrelenting tour. But it's a minor annoyance for a band whose luck made a 180-degree turn just when things looked darkest.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 1998 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pat DiNizio fought the law and the law shrugged. Near the end of his hour at the Coach House on Wednesday, the Smithereens singer-songwriter, moonlighting on his first solo tour, elaborately brandished a lit cigarette and took a theatrical puff. "Somebody come up and arrest my New York ass," DiNizio sneered, his halo of smoke and portly form flouting California's new legal realities and entrenched image-projection fantasies. It was clear, however, that no risk was involved.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 4, 1986 | STEVE HOCHMAN
"Everything written about us compares us to the Beatles and the '60s thing, so bleep that--we're going to do a Beatles song," said Smithereens singer/guitarist Pat DiNizio as the quartet launched into a full-tilt version of "One After 909" as the first encore to its Monday performance at the Roxy. That statement more or less summed up the strength of the New Jersey-based outfit.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 1985 | KEVIN THOMAS, Times Staff Writer
Director Susan Seidelman sure has it in for New Jersey. So eager was the heroine of Seidelman's first feature, the scrappy, scruffy "Smithereens," to escape her soul-withering blue-collar Jersey existence that she deluded herself into believing she could make it as a new-wave music star in Manhattan. And now, in her endearingly hilarious "Desperately Seeking Susan" (citywide Friday), Seidelman finds life no better at the upper end of the middle class in the Garden State.
NEWS
February 15, 2007 | Kevin Bronson
For a certain generation, 1964 was the year that turned the United States on its ear. "It was the year that changed everything," says Smithereens singer Pat DiNizio, ticking off events in the cultural upheaval that began with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in November 1963. "And for anybody who was musically inclined, nothing was more important than 'Meet the Beatles!' It's arguably the most important rock 'n' roll record of all time."
ENTERTAINMENT
August 31, 1986 | CRAIG LEE
Band: The Smithereens. Personnel: Pat DiNizio, lead vocals, guitar; Dennis Diken, drums, vocals; Mike Mesaros, bass; Jim Babjak, guitar. History: The New Jersey-based band has been toughing it out on the East Coast club circuit for nearly seven years. Friends since high school, the group released an independent EP, "Girls About Town," in 1980. A far more auspicious piece of vinyl was the group's next EP, 1983's "Beauty & Sadness."
NEWS
December 14, 1989 | Reuters
The U.S. Navy blew up china, but it wasn't an international incident. A Christmas gift of fine English china was blasted into small pieces after officers on this Atlantic Ocean island suspected that the box in which it was delivered carried a bomb, the base commander said Wednesday. Security guards became suspicious when Tiller Ming, 70, a delivery man for the prestigious Bluck's store, sped onto the base Saturday and, they said, threw the package out.
SPORTS
May 23, 1995 | ARA NAJARIAN
Jack Smitheran has lived through more than 800 victories and more than 500 losses. But the last defeat was one of the hardest. His UC Riverside baseball team was a legitimate contender for the NCAA Division II championship. With a school-record 43 victories and a No. 2 ranking, why wouldn't the Highlanders be? Then along came a team with a losing record that beat UC Riverside twice in the West Regional over the weekend, knocking the Highlanders out of the running.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 1998 | JOHN ROOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Pat DiNizio figured he might raise a few eyebrows with the eclectic cast he assembled to make his first solo album, "Songs and Sounds." The lead singer and songwriter of the Smithereens broke from the world of catchy power-pop in recruiting jazz saxophonist Sonny Fortune, Stranglers' bassist J.J. Burnell and ex-Lou Reed drummer Tony Smith. Unbeknownst to DiNizio, one of his skeptics--at least initially--was his producer, Don Dixon.
BOOKS
July 23, 1995 | Judith Freeman, Judith Freeman is the author of "The Chinchilla Farm" and "Set For Life." Her new novel, "An Unfinished Story," will be published by Pantheon in 1996
I remember several years ago reading Joyce Carol Oates' story collection "Heat" and thinking: What terribly dark little tales these are! I wondered what it meant that so many of them featured rather evil children, spoiled and scary kids who seemed capable of almost anything. It was the beginning of a realization of how little monsters stories--the idea in fiction and film of the bad child--had begun to surface regularly in some of the most powerful contemporary tales.
SPORTS
May 23, 1995 | ARA NAJARIAN
Jack Smitheran has lived through more than 800 victories and more than 500 losses. But the last defeat was one of the hardest. His UC Riverside baseball team was a legitimate contender for the NCAA Division II championship. With a school-record 43 victories and a No. 2 ranking, why wouldn't the Highlanders be? Then along came a team with a losing record that beat UC Riverside twice in the West Regional over the weekend, knocking the Highlanders out of the running.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 22, 1994 | RICHARD CROMELIN
The stolid, plodding nature of the Smithereens' music marks the band as perpetual journeymen. At the House of Blues on Sunday, the New Jersey band book-ended its set with tastes of the level it aspires to but is too mundane to achieve, preceding its appearance with a recording of the Sex Pistols' scathing "EMI" (their comment on their previous record-company affiliation) and welcoming the Kinks' guitarist Dave Davies as a guest for the encores.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 21, 1994 | BUDDY SEIGAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"A Date With the Smithereens"? The title of the veteran rock group's latest release is, of course, a tongue-in-cheek lift from an old Elvis album: For any dreamy-eyed teen-age girl of the '90s, the idea of a night on the town with these guys probably would elicit horrified shrieks rather than coy giggles.
NEWS
June 16, 1994 | BILL LOCEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Bill Locey, who writes regularly on rock 'n' roll, has survived the mosh pit and the local music scene for many years
The three-minute pop song is alive and well in the capable hands of those Smithereens, a touring quartet with vast experience. They'll be returning to the venerable Ventura Theatre for a fourth time Wednesday night. Also on the bill are college radio heroes-in-the-making, the Grays, as well as Woodburning Project, a great Santa Barbara band with a hot cello player, Angus Cooke.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 22, 1994 | RICHARD CROMELIN
The stolid, plodding nature of the Smithereens' music marks the band as perpetual journeymen. At the House of Blues on Sunday, the New Jersey band book-ended its set with tastes of the level it aspires to but is too mundane to achieve, preceding its appearance with a recording of the Sex Pistols' scathing "EMI" (their comment on their previous record-company affiliation) and welcoming the Kinks' guitarist Dave Davies as a guest for the encores.
BUSINESS
July 23, 1993 | CHUCK PHILIPS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The corporate shake-up at Capitol Records has kicked into full gear, with new President and Chief Executive Gary Gersh purportedly issuing pink slips to some 20 acts, including the Smithereens, Television, Great White and Billy Squire. The long-rumored roster slashing is the latest step in a multimillion-dollar plan to "energize" the Thorn-EMI-owned label, home to such acts as Hammer, Bonnie Raitt and Paul McCartney.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 1993 | BUDDY SEIGAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When a key member of a prominent rock 'n' roll group quietly splinters off to play solo gigs, rumors frequently begin to fly. Speculation as to that person's real motivations and status with the group come into question. Pat DiNizio, front man of the Smithereens, will be performing without his band mates tonight at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, but he is determined to nip in the bud any speculation that he'll soon be leaving the group.
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