The Smithereens – Green Thoughts

New Jersey quartet's 1988 power-pop classic revived

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As the alt.rock scene began seeping overground in mid-’80s America, The Smithereens were almost alone in championing the beat-pop of The Kinks, Nick Lowe and Elvis Costello, and their crisp melodic punch seemed almost sedate alongside H


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The Waterboys on Room To Roam’s legacy: “We were a lot wilder and more exciting than the record conveyed”

Riding high on the momentum of Fisherman’s Blues, in 1989 The Waterboys reconvened at their new spiritual home in Ireland to make the follow-up. Mike Scott’s plan to broaden the sound didn’t quite go to plan, but as a new box-set reveals, Room To Roam was far from a misfire