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The Smithereens had toured from May to September in support of their debut album, 's Especially for You. Drummer Dennis Diken : "I remember being in the van during the last leg of the EFY [ Especially for You ] tour seeing Pat sitting in the last set of seats with a recording Walkmansinging riff ideas into a microphone. I know he was very concerned about and consumed by the prospect of coming up with the material for our second album and avoiding a sophomore slump.
After returning to the USthe band began work on Green Thoughts. I found myself in a situation where I had to come up with virtually all the songs in a very short period of time. I had to lock myself in my apartment in New York City, take the phone off the hook, distance myself from every relationship I had, and set about the business of putting together bits of melodies, bits of lyrics and song titles into album form. Four weeks later I emerged from the apartment slightly crazed, but I House We Used To Live In - The Smithereens - Green Thoughts have an album under my belt.
The first two days of the sessions were dedicated to recording the basic tracks for the entire album and House We Used To Live In - The Smithereens - Green Thoughts on keeper takes for the bass and drums.
The guitars and vocals were rerecorded later with the proper amps and microphones. If it's not happening then, it House We Used To Live In - The Smithereens - Green Thoughts doesn't happen. Lyrically, the album contains what Dave Simons, writing for Songwriter The lyrics on Green Thoughtshowever, are not necessarily reflective of an unhappy state of mind in terms of my personal relationships while Foggy Mountain Chimes - Flatt & Scruggs - The Essential Flatt & Scruggs: Tis Sweet To Be Remembered was writing the album.
If I were as troubled as a lot of the lyric imagery conveys, I'd be in a terrible mess personally. It just doesn't make any sense to me. I need the lyrics to have some sort of meaning that I can relate to on some sort of emotional level. They were all used as B-sides for future singles. Green Thoughts was released 22 March It reached No. David Brownewriting for Rolling Stonegave the album 4 stars out of 5, noting that despite Pat DiNizio's "gloomy" lyrical outlook, the three other musicians are in a "much feistier mood".
Apart from a couple of songs with "pseudo- Merseybeat touches", the Smithereens turn other songs into "utterly contemporary wall-of-guitar onslaughts".
He added that "even if Pat DiNizio isn't the type of guy you'd invite to your party, Green Thoughts is the kind of album you'll want to bring along. Retrospective reviews were generally positive. Ankeny also highlighted the album's "curveballs": "the countryish "Something New," the lovely ballad "Especially for You," and the dark, atmospheric "Deep Black," all of which deliver intriguing variations on the Smithereens' basic power pop formula.
All tracks are written by Pat DiNizioexcept where noted. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Smithereens. Retrieved September 18, Archived from the original on Retrieved The Village Voice. Retrieved March 26, Record Collector. Retrieved December 27, April 14, Retrieved on 27 December Hal Leonard Corporation. Capitol Records. Indie Hits Cherry Red Books. Archived from the original on June 6, February 11, Concert.
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