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29 September 1956, New York City, New York, USA. For 20 years a part of the New York, USA-based sister act the Roches, Suzzy Roche made her first solo record in 1997. Holy Smokes was recorded while the group took a break following the death of the sisters father and chief inspiration, Jack Roche, in 1995. Its title was inspired by a book of poems given to her by her father and also featured one song, Egg Shells, written by her mother. Otherwise Roche herself was responsible for the material, which was recorded first in spoken-word form into a tape recorder in her apartment. The album was produced by Roche and Stewart Lerman, who previously produced the first three Roches sets. There were guest vocals from Jules Shear as well as Roches 15-year-old daughter, for whom she wrote one of the tracks, Breathing. However, Roche was keen to point out that, while she had invested a great deal of effort into Holy Smokes, the parent group...