In Memoriam: Pat DiNizio: An Immense Loss For New Jersey

In Memoriam: Pat DiNizio: An Immense Loss For New Jersey

The year is 1980: disco is dying, hair is beginning to get bigger, and Pat Dinizio has just formed The Smithereens with Jim Babjak, Mike Mesaros, and Dennis Diken in Carteret, NJ. An ad was placed right here in The Aquarian Weekly by DiNizio, as he searched high and low for musicians to help him create a demo. Infectious hooks and power pop would soon become the band’s signature style as they followed in the footsteps of fellow Jersey boys, Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen.

The year is 1988 and Ferris Bueller had just taught that generation’s youth how to have the best sick day ever. The Smithereens’ second album, Green Thoughts, was floating around the Billboard Top 200 chart and their lead single, “Only a Memory,” was at No. 1 on the US Mainstream Rock chart. They will quickly become a big inspiration to Kurt Cobain and Nirvana’s early music. At that same time, they will open up for The Ramones, Lou Reed, and many other incredible artists. The Smithereens were beginning to find their niche in the music industry, and were beautifully representing New Jersey’s talent.

The year is now 2017. DiNizio was only 62 years …

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