The Smithereens

When the Smithereens debuted in 1980, they actually had to refute criticism that they sounded too much like the Beatles. Such dated lunacy makes it especially ironic that a quarter-century later the band would release Meet the Smithereens, a song-for-song re-creation of Meet the Beatles. Frontman Pat DiNizio has always possessed a dark wit and sly humor that belied any comparisons to early Lennon and McCartney. Although lacking in variety, riff-heavy songs such as "Blood and Roses," "Only a Memory" and "A Girl Like You" did effectively break up the hair metal tedium that infected pop radio of the '80s. DiNizio and crew have been coasting on the hits for a number of years, quite content to pound out the recognizable to the faithful who found substance in the Smithereens' ability to fuse Mersey beat and metal.