RIP Pat DiNizio
Song: "Top of the Pops"
Album: Blow Up (Official, Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, Wikipedia)
Artist: The Smithereens (Official, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Wikipedia)
The first song by The Smithereens that I really, consciously remember was "Top of the Pops." I saw the video on MTV's 120 Minutes and host Dave Kendall mentioned how the song was inspired by the band's bit of crossover success. On a mainstream level, The Smithereens were essentially a one hit wonder scoring minor hits with the likes of "Only a Memory," "A Girl Like You," and "Too Much Passion." While I was never a huge fan of the band, I liked everything that I heard and considered them one of the great unsung heroes of the '80s college rock era.
Lead singer and songwriter Pat DiNizio died on Tuesday. He was 62.