Especially for You (The Smithereens album)

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Especially for You
Studio album by The Smithereens
Released 1986
Recorded The Record Plant, New York City
Genre Rock
Length 44:14
Label Enigma
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:

he 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 tracks written by Pat DiNizio, except where noted..

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Strangers When We Meet"   3:47
2. "Listen to Me Girl"   3:01
3. "Groovy Tuesday" Pat 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
13. "White Castle Blues" Jim Babjak, Robert Banta 3:58



Charts (1986) Peak
US Billboard 200[4] 51
Charts (1987) Peak
UK Indie Chart[5] 5


  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Especially for You". Allmusic. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "The Smithereens: Especially for You". Robert Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
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  4. ^ "The Smithereens - Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  5. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1989. Cherry Red Books. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 

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