Especially for You (The Smithereens album)

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Especially for You
Studio album by The Smithereens
Released 1986
Genre Rock
Length 44:14
Label Capitol
Producer Don Dixon
The Smithereens chronology
Beauty and Sadness
Especially for You
Green Thoughts
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau B− [2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars [3]

Especially for You is the first full-length album from New Jersey-based rock band The Smithereens.

The album is notable for the hit "Blood and Roses", which has been featured in multiple movie and TV productions. Producer Don Dixon's co-production work on R.E.M.'s Murmur and Reckoning albums added attention to the record's initial release. The album today is highly regarded by most critics, and was one of Kurt Cobain's favorite albums, as noted in his journal.[citation needed]

"Blood and Roses" was used:

The title and lyrics to the song "In A Lonely Place" were inspired by and adapted from the 1950 film "In A Lonely Place," starring Humphrey Bogart and directed by Nicholas Ray. In particular, the line "I was born the day I met you/Lived a while when you loved me/Died a little when we broke apart" is a paraphrase of a key passage in the movie. In addition, the line "Yesterday it would have mattered/Now today it doesn't mean a thing" is a paraphrase of the last line in the movie.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Pat DiNizio unless otherwise indicated.

  1. "Strangers When We Meet" - 3:47
  2. "Listen to Me Girl" - 3:01
  3. "Groovy Tuesday" (DiNizio, Steve Forbert, Mark Johnson) - 2:40
  4. "Cigarette" - 2:30
  5. "I Don't Want to Lose You" - 3:21
  6. "Time and Time Again" - 3:10
  7. "Behind the Wall of Sleep" - 3:24
  8. "In a Lonely Place" - 4:11
  9. "Blood and Roses" - 3:36
  10. "Crazy Mixed-Up Kid" - 2:07
  11. "Hand of Glory" (Jimmy Silva) - 2:46
  12. "Alone at Midnight" - 3:41

CD reissue Bonus Tracks[edit]

  1. "White Castle Blues" (Jim Babjak, Robert Banta) - 3:58
  2. "Mr. Eliminator" (Dick Dale) - 2:02


  • Jim Babjak - Guitar
  • Dennis Diken - Drums, Vocals, Percussion
  • Pat DiNizio - Vocals, Guitar
  • Mike Mesaros - Bass, Vocals

Guest Musicians[edit]

  • Jeffrey Berman - Vibraphone on "In a Lonely Place."
  • Frank Christian - Acoustic Guitar on "In a Lonely Place."
  • Don Dixon - Piano, Percussion, Background Vocals
  • Jerome Jerome - Hammond Organ and Piano on "Strangers When We Meet."
  • Mark Johnson - Vocals on "Groovy Tuesday."
  • Joe Kernich - Piano on "Behind the Wall of Sleep."
  • Kenny Margolis - Accordion on "Cigarette."
  • John Rokosny - Electric tremolo rhythm guitar on "Listen to Me Girl."
  • Suzanne Vega - Vocals on "In a Lonely Place."


  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. Especially for You (The Smithereens album) at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-19.
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