Pat DiNizio / Songs and Sounds

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Featuring The Stranglers' Jean-Jacques Burnel firmly in the bass chair, and Tony “Thunder” Smith on drums, Pat DiNizio’s solo bow doesn’t stray too far from The Smithereens’ timeless formulae.

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With sax man Sonny Fortune (“I’d Rather Have the Blues,” “No Love Lost”), DiNizio dips his toes in jazz waters, however Pat’s pop hooks and earnest libretto are those of a pure rocker. Burnel wields his Rotosound rippin’ Fender P (“124 MPH,” “You Should Know”) in the service of the song, hanging in the pocket throughout.

Great songs make for great basslines – and Pat DiNizio was among the best rock composers of his generation. And dig the retro LP artwork!   

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