The Smithereens: Jim Babjak (electric bass); Dennis Diken, Pat DiNizio.
Personnel: Pat DiNizio (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Jim Babjak (vocals, guitar, bass guitar); Kurt Reil (vocals, guitar, percussion); Dennis Diken (vocals, drums, percussion); David Marks (guitar); Chris Bolger (acoustic guitar, baritone guitar); Dave Amels (piano, organ, Wurlitzer organ, chimes); Severo Jornacion "The Thrilla" (bass guitar).
Additional personnel: Kurt Reil (guitars); Dave Amels (electric piano); Servero "The Thrilla" Jornacion (electric bass); Chris Bolger (bass guitar); David Marks.
Audio Mixer: Kurt Reil.
Liner Note Author: Dennis Diken.
Recording information: House of Vibes, Highland Park, NJ; Nun Bett-R Studio, Wood-Ridge, NJ.
Arrangers: Pat DiNizio; Jim Babjak; Dennis Diken.
What's a New Jersey-based college rock band that hit its peak in the late 1980s to do in 2007, long after the luster of their moment in the spotlight has faded? Release a Christmas album, of course. It might seem an anomaly--with lead singer Pat DiNizio's dark baritone and the band's guitar-heavy attack--for the Smithereens to make music for the holidays, and it is, but SMITHEREENS CHRISTMAS is a surprisingly fun listen. The band keeps things light, with tunes like "Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)," "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," and a cover of the Beatles' "Christmas Time is Here Again."