And now for a change back to pre-grunge, east coast, pounding 1980's basement rock, courtesy of The Smithereens, from Carteret, New Jersey.
The name Smithereens comes from a Yosemite Sam catchphrase, "Varmint, I'm a-gonna blow you to smithereens!"
The Smithereens were good. They should have made it big, except for two things.
First, that damn grunge music. Grunge wasn't actually a type of music, it was just a form of rock played by dweebs from Seattle who dressed like lumberjacks. But it sucked the air out of the rock business for three years, until the weed in Seattle ran out.
Second, 1970s punk rockers, notable bands like The Ramones were morphing into mainstream quasi-legit rock bands. Punk was real, not just rock re-done with stage and wardrobe special effects. And punk hit the mainstream big just as The Smithereens were taking off.
Or just as The Smithereens were expecting to take off. Because they didn't, apart from some following from what were described as "underground" radio stations; mostly on university campuses.
They were good, they are still good, and they continue to play. Older, wiser, balder and heavier, the group is still active and tours frequently. Their next studio album is scheduled to be released in Spring or Summer 2010.